Church launches weekly drop-in

Father Nick Jennings pictured with Jenny Hart and Margaret Cowley(right) at the drop in  event.
Father Nick Jennings pictured with Jenny Hart and Margaret Cowley(right) at the drop in event.
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RESIDENTS can enjoy a cuppa and a light lunch in good company at a new drop-in which was launched yesterday.

St Mary’s Presbytery, in Middlegate, is opening its doors to residents every Monday for a chance to enjoy savouries, cakes and scones and various activities.

The Monday Tea Drop Inn has been organised by volunteers to give people in the area the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new people by joining in with fun activities including bingo, quizzes and raffles.

It is held every Monday from 10.45am-1pm at St Mary’s Presbytery at 23 Middlegate, on the Headland.

Father Nick Jennings, parish priest at St Mary’s Church, said: “We are so lucky to have as many willing and enthusiastic volunteers in the area who want to make a real contribution to improving people’s lives.

“It’s lovely to see such warmth and generosity of spirit having such a positive impact, not just on the lives of our guests and volunteers but on the community as a whole.”

The Monday Tea Drop Inn is one of 15 Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) projects, which are all run by volunteers and have been set up by local parishes around the region with the support of St Cuthbert’s Care.

It is the second PACE project to open in the north side of Hartlepool, joining Vianney’s Lunch Club which opened in January and is held at St John Vianney’s Church, every Tuesday from 11am-2pm.

Everyone is welcome to the weekly gathering at St Mary’s and admission is £1.50.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer call in to the get-together on a Monday.