More than 40 Higham residents were treated to entertainment, cake, and of course tea, at the Gad’s Hill annual pensioners’ tea party.

Every year the independent school invites neighbours, friends and villagers to the social gathering, complete with a Pimm’s reception – the school maintenance team even provides transport in the Gad’s minibus.

Higham resident Mary said:  “We had such fun and the children were so kind and polite, as always.

One local retirement housing warden added:  “It’s a coveted shindig indeed and my ladies are always thrilled to be on the guest list.”

The tea party sees Gad’s students and teachers come together to plan and host the event.

The children are responsible for the entertainment, which this year included dance and drama performances, a drum solo from the school’s Assistant Director of Music and a general knowledge quiz.

After a raffle, some weary but very happy friends left with gifts of chocolates, flowers and wine all lovingly donated and wrapped by the classmates.

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