Tea club* fortnightly on Friday afternoons from 2.30pm 4pm. Trial period: 2,16,30 May and 13,27 June and 11 July.
We are launching a tea club for the older members of our community. We’d like to invite all local seniors (who are welcome to bring their friends or carers) along for a mighty fine brew, the occasional homemade cake and the chance to have a natter with their neighbours. We¹re hoping to build a regular opportunity to gather in Exeter Street Hall over a gentle cuppa and develop activities of interest for those who attend.
Our first session on Friday 2 May is free. Thereafter, the fee will be just £1 per person towards costs.
Can you help spread the word? If you know anyone in the neighbourhood likely to be interested in this event, please let them know. We¹d love to have them along; the more, the merrier.
Can you help spread the love? This is a THGI activity organised by a couple of can-do volunteers. If you would like to lend a hand and help set up, fill the urn and have a chin-wag with our guests, we¹d love to hear from you.
We hope you had a chance to see the results of the Christmas Windows competition. Some wonderful entries again. The pictures here don’t do them justice so be sure to keep an eye out for them when you’re walking around Prestonville.
The Under 10 category
3rd place is Charlie Cox from Stafford Road with his amazing Dr Who inspired window.
2nd place is Mya Bolding of Exeter Street with her wonderful angel window
1st place is Isabella Evans of Stanford road with her wonderful camels.
The General Entrants category
3rd place is the Bird family of Brigden Street with their wonderful snowman snow globe
2nd place is the Mussetts of Hamilton Road with the amazing Meercats Xmas.
And 1st place is the Cropp family of Coventry Street for the 2nd year running with their Pavillion Christmas window.
Thanks to everyone who took part. You’ve created a wonderful winter wonderland. Big thanks to Kate Pritchard for organising and our judges for the tricky task of choosing between such stunning entries.
We’ve won The People’s Million’s ‘phone vote and bagged £50,000! We’re over the moon.
We’ve said it before but we need to say it again. Thank you. We are only holding this game-changing cheque because of YOUR people power.
Turns out that all those small good deeds added up to make a great, big difference. We’ll find out how many votes we’ve received later this week.
More bright ideas
We’ll be pursuing more opportunities just like this one, along with grant applications and corporate donations. We want to attract investment from charities, foundations and companies. Know anyone we should approach? Be sure to drop us a line.
Here’s a YouTube clip of the team being surprised by the ITV film crew with an unfeasibly large cheque. Priceless.
But the lines closed at midnight, so please don’t dial that magic number any more. We hope to have some news by 6pm on Tuesday 26 November. Once we know, we’ll be sure to tell you. But whatever the outcome, we want to say something important.
Thank you. Yes, you.
Thank you for making those all-important calls. Thank you for spreading the word. Thank you for doing a good deed to make our Hall a better place. It’s a beautiful thing.
We’re ludicrously grateful to our intrepid volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves to raise the roof. Knocking on doors, handing out leaflets, putting up signs, attending meetings and plugging away behind the scenes – we salute you.
You can see how the campaign unfolded on voting day by checking out our Facebook page and Twitter feed. We’ve been on TV, radio and in the papers. We’ve courted politicians, community leaders and local schools. We’ve called on local and national businesses. We’ve sent out street reps and waged a social media campaign.
Win or lose, we have told more people our heart-warming story, we’ve gained heaps more followers and we’ve engaged with a sparky bunch of supporters keen to help us raise much-needed funds to repair our charming, if dilapidated Hall.
Forgot to vote? The bad news? Lines closed at midnight last night. The good news? You can still snap up some shares!