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Tea Party Delights All Ages

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

The inaugural Tea at the Riley has now been wrapped up, and all of the girls involved agree that it was a huge success.

The Sixth Formers welcomed nine guests to the Riley Sixth Form Centre for the first of the year’s cross-generational tea parties. The Leverhulme Suite had been transformed for the occasion into the perfect venue, and the girls had gone the extra mile and decorated each table with a floral centrepiece. This gave a lovely cosy atmosphere to the space for the tea party.

Some of the girls served tea, coffee and juice while others chatted to the guests. There were some very lively conversations between the Sixth Formers and the older generation, and plenty of smiles on everyone’s faces. The girls also offered guests a selection of finger sandwiches and assorted home-made cakes and treats. They had baked plenty of scones, which were served with jam and clotted cream; mini Victoria sponge cakes; a fruit loaf; lemon drizzle cake; and chocolate-dipped Viennese finger biscuits. There was plenty for everyone and guests commented to the girls on how much they had enjoyed the sweet treats.

Entertainment was provided in the form of live music from two of the Sixth Form girls, playing the keyboard and cello. The girls played a selection of gentle Classical music, which was a great accompaniment to the ongoing conversation.

When setting up Tea at the Riley, Year 13 pupil Ananya Baksi led the team to apply for funding from vInspired’s Cashpoint. vInspired is the UK’s leading youth volunteering charity, helping to provide young people with opportunities to make a difference through voluntary work and community action projects. The Cashpoint grant scheme offers young people funding to help them to set up and run community projects of their own, based on what they are passionate about. This involved sending vInspired a business plan, including budgeting and the number of young people who would be involved.

The application was a huge success, and the girls were given the maximum Cashpoint grant amount to support their endeavour! This will allow the girls to create something extra-special for their tea party guests in the months to come.

They have also arranged for residents at Beechville Care Home to attend Tea at the Riley from January onwards. This will provide the residents with a pleasant afternoon of fun and entertainment.

Tea at the Riley is an ongoing project and the girls are already hard at work planning for the next tea party, which will take place in December. They are hoping to have even more entertainment available next time, and are looking forward to welcoming more guests to the School.


Anyone ‘young at heart’ is welcome to join the Sixth Form girls for Tea at the Riley, which takes place once a month at the Riley Centre from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

To reserve your place, please contact the Bolton School reception on 01204 840201.


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The girls and guests enjoyed chatting together

The girls and guests enjoyed chatting together

Serving the tea and cakes

Serving the tea and cakes

The first Tea at the Riley was a huge success

The first Tea at the Riley was a huge success