Fantastic 40s fundraiser

Getting ready for tea. Maggie Thomas, left, and Sue Davies who are both members of the Oddfellows Society Cleveland and Durham branch organising committee.

Getting ready for tea. Maggie Thomas, left, and Sue Davies who are both members of the Oddfellows Society Cleveland and Durham branch organising committee.

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FANCY that! A fantastic 1940’s fundraiser is on the way in Hartlepool.

The Oddfellows Cleveland and Durham branch will hold an afternoon tea this weekend, with a period theme to raise money for the Hartlepool-based Artrium, which is a community arts studio in Park Road.

Organisers are hoping everyone who attends will come along in dress from the era.

The event will be held this Saturday at Hart Village Hall at 3.30pm.

The Oddfellows social co-ordinator David Smith said: “We will be having afternoon tea which will consist of food from the period and the tickets cost £7.50.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and period dress will be appreciated.”

Colin Thompson, project manager at the Artrium in Hartlepool, said: “The sponsored event will have a 1940s theme so everyone needs to dig out the old clothes stuffed at the back of the wardrobe.

“Girls, get the silk stockings on. If you don’t have any, gravy browning will have to do and don’t forget ruby red lipstick. Gents, get your wide lapels and old uniforms on for a ride back into the 1940s.”

The Oddfellows Cleveland and Durham branch based in Hartlepool has 50 active members.

The Oddfellows first formed in 1810 and is a not-for profit-friendly society with 120,000 members, across 151 branches nationwide. Its aim is to help people join together to enjoy the social side of life, as well as providing care advice and support in times of need.

Members come from areas including Peterlee, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick, Crook, Bishop Auckland, Stockton and Seaham as well as Hartlepool.

Anyone wanting tickets for Saturday’s event ore more information about the Oddfellows should contact David on (01642) 649961.

l The society is now holding monthly social meetings on the last Tuesday of each month in the Central Library at 6.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served and non-members are welcome.

The next will be held on Tuesday next week and the guest speaker is Julie Richardson.