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Ramsbottom church struck by lightning 'rescued'
A CHURCH has lent a helping hand to a fellow congregation to host a tea party for elderly parishioners.
Members of St Andrew’s in Ramsbottom were left without a meeting place when their building was damaged by lightning in July.
But thanks to the loan of St Philip’s church hall in Stubbins, 11 elderly people were able to sit down to a slap-up tea and chat with volunteers Guests at the ‘Friendship on a Sunday’ afternoon ranged in age from mid-80s to late-90s and most did not know each other before they were collected from their homes by volunteer drivers.
Brenda Stow, 84, said: “It’s been really grand. To be quite honest, if I hadn’t have come here I would have probably have just put on the television for the sound and a bit of company.
“This really is the church coming to the people, not just the people coming to the church.”
The tea parties, which will be run monthly, have been set up with the assistance of the Contact the Elderly charity, which aims to combat the isolation and loneliness which can be experienced by pensioners.
The charity’s North West development officer, Gwen Lightfoot, said: “This sort of tea party means everything to some elderly people. For some people they won’t see a person from one month to the next.”
St Andrew’s curate, Steve Openshaw said he was delighted with the success of the afternoon.
“There was a real buzz and lots of smiling faces.
The next tea party will be held on October 20 and anyone who knows an elderly person who might like to go can contact Gwen Lightfoot on 01925 728969 or Steve Openshaw on 01706 823444.
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