A Higham pensioner spent the afternoon at Gad’s Hill, her daughter’s former school, celebrating with friends at a very special get-together.

Mrs Barbara Laurie, attends the Gad’s Hill Pensioner’s Tea Party every year and especially enjoys talking to the students about her daughter’s time at the school, almost 40 years ago.

Mrs Laurie said: “We are always made to feel so welcome at Gad’s. The students take the time to talk to all of the guests and couldn’t be more attentive – they are friendly, warm and exceptionally well-mannered.

“We all enjoy seeing our friends from Gad’s at various community events throughout the year but the tea party is a particularly coveted do and we are always thrilled to be invited.”

Senior students and their teachers come together to plan and host the event, which is held in the school’s theatre and refectory and includes a Pimm’s reception, musical and theatrical recitals, homemade cakes and, of course, plenty of tea!

The children are responsible for the entertainment, which this year featured the Gad’s Junior ensemble and Director of Music on marimbas, readings from the works of Dickens by GCSE drama students and a general knowledge quiz.

After a raffle, where everyone was a winner, 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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