On St Georges Day we joined forces with Eccleston Primary School to host a grand afternoon tea party, bringing together some of the youngest and the oldest members of our community.
The afternoon tea party took place at Eccleston Primary School, with older members of the community and children of all ages. The event was created, planned, and hosted by the Eccleston school children and supported by the Home Truths team.
All the guests were paired up with a child from Eccleston Primary School and together they played traditional board games and drew pictures, before visiting faraway places via virtual reality headsets and playing games on iPad’s.
Ollie, age 7, was partnered up with Albert and said: “I had fun with Albert because he gave me some tips on how to play dominoes. I loved the chocolate chip cookies and raisin cakes too!”
Vince, age 8, was partnered up with Doreen and said: “It was really fun because Doreen told me lots about the war and what life was like at school. They had long desks and big class sizes! I’d love to do it again.”
Charlotte, age 7, said: “I liked it when we all got to meet and play with our visitors. I learned a lot about the olden days and what school used to be like.”
Following a break for afternoon tea, the children interviewed their guests, asking them about their childhoods, their school days and finding out about the history of Eccleston. The school choir and a soloist entertained the guests, and everyone joined in for a rendition of Bob Marley’s, Three Little Birds.
Guest, Pat Davis, said: “It was a fabulous afternoon and thoroughly enjoyable. My partner, young Freya was so informative, and she listened to what we had to say as well. Freya taught me how to use a virtual reality headset, they really are marvelous things! I can’t wait for the next event and to see all the children again!”
Year one teacher, Mrs Allen, said: “What a great afternoon we all had, seeing our children talk, play and get to know our guests. It was so nice hearing the laughter as they played games and visited faraway places using our virtual reality headsets. A first for many! The choir, our poets, soloists, and pianist performed very well.”
The celebration was the beginning of what is set to become a lasting relationship with Eccleston Primary School, Home Truths, and the older and sometimes more isolated members of the community.
Eccleston Primary School Head Teacher, Kelvin Wilkins said: “It was wonderful to see the two generations spending time talking and learning from each other. The benefits of establishing these relationships are extremely worthwhile as it gives the children the greatest possible insight into the past and the elderly a vision for the future. We look forward to further developing these relationships and opening our doors to the wider community.”
Home Truths Director, John Ascroft, said: “As an independent, local, estate agent we all live and work in this community. We have close connections to Eccleston Primary School and to the older members of the community and we were honoured to be able to help create and support this memorable day. We are now planning many more events as this was just the start!”
If you know of anyone from Eccleston and the surrounding area who you think may be interested in attending future events, or if you are a local business that would like to be involved in the initiative, please contact Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org