Party was a huge hit

The Abbeyfield Society and North Northumberland Extra Care Society in Alnwick’s recent tea party commemorating the First World War centenary was an overwhelming success.

As a much-valued charity for our elderly here in Northumberland, Abbeyfield is proudly close to many people’s hearts here in our community.

This was perfectly illustrated by the number of people who helped make the party a runaway success.

Thanks must go to our loyal Friends of Abbeyfield volunteers, Lionheart Harmony who provided us with wonderful singing and entertainment, HospiceCare Northumberland and local businesses, including GS Clark at Bamburgh and Lidl.

We would also like to thank Gazette readers who responded to an appeal for First World War memorabilia to display on the day.

We were honoured and delighted to welcome Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland, who was incredibly generous with her time and had a word to say to each and every one of our residents and volunteers.

Memories from days like this are cherished by our residents.

Abbeyfield in north Northumberland is at an exciting chapter in its life as our plans to create a flagship older people’s housing and care scheme move a step closer to becoming a reality.

In the meantime, Abbeyfield in Alnwick, Warkworth, Bamburgh and Berwick are very much open for business.

We will continue to do all we can to enrich the lives of older people in our care and make their lives easier and more fulfilling.

Jim Thompson,

Chairman, Abbeyfield North Northumberland Extra Care Society,

South Road, Alnwick