Tea time

Gold Pan Grannues set an elegant table while raising funds for SLF

The tables were set with care

The Gold Pan Grannies Raspberry Cream Tea on Saturday was an elegant affair complete with china cups and saucers, shiny silver, crisp linen napkins with elegant crystal rings, classic table linens, fancy tea pots and coffee decanters all set with fresh flowers, decadent sweets and of course raspberries and cream. The sold-out event was held at the home of Peter and Olive Walsh and despite the inclement weather, the 60 attendees (two sittings) found the Victorian-inspired event delightful from beginning to end.

“Everything we do as Gold Pan Grannies is designed to promote our one true purpose,” GPG Colleen Gatenby said.

“We exist to raise money for the Steven Lewis Foundation project Grandmothers to Grandmothers. These are women who are raising their grandchildren (sometimes unrelated children) because these children have lost parents and caregivers to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Subsaharan Africa. But who says we can’t have fun while we’re raising money.”

Colleen and her fellow GPGrannies scoured friends and acquaintances cupboards looking for as many china cups, saucers, silverware and other items needed for the tea. They also baked 12 dozen scones, prepared the whipped cream (Colleen said she struggled with clotted cream, the traditional cream for this type of event, but settled for a successful whipped cream instead) and raspberries and brewed the tea and coffee.

Olive and her decorating committee found a way to turn their covered carport into a tearoom which did justice to the lovely ladies in their high tea finery.

The extremely successful Raspberry Cream Tea raised $752 for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers project and Colleen has already deposited the money in the bank.

“We’re already making plans for next year, so many of those who attended were insisting on another Raspberry Cream Tea,” Colleen said.

“We’re also planning a High Tea, complete with sweet and savoury treats for February, so dust off your fancy frock, don your best chapeau and prepare for a great afternoon.”

Just Posted

Snow making equipment means longer season for Quesnel x-country skiers

Cariboo Ski Touring Club is hoping temp drops to test out new gear at Hallis Lake

Quesnel fiddle contest celebrates 49th year

Local musician takes top prize in the championship category

Ranch Musings: The state of agriculture

Columnist David Zirnhelt is thankful for where they are and who they are

Cariboo-Prince George candidates give take on drugs, crime

Answers revolved around affordable housing and getting to the root cause of the problem

Forestry Ink: Replanting badly battered forest landscapes in B.C.

Regular columnist Jim Hilton writes about the potential for using drones in tree planting

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

Potent power play paces Canucks to 5-1 win over Detroit

Miller nets a pair as Vancouver wins third straight

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

Most Read