Thursday, 13 August 2015

Anyone for tea?

Kindly photographed by Phil Dockerill
We recently enjoyed our Annual Link4Growth Afternoon Tea with friends and supporters and some new faces too, 28 people joined in.  The event took place in my local church hall at Christ the King Chingford.  Working as a team, Fiona, Richard, Alex, Jane and yours truly, managed to transform the hall into, a pleasant and welcoming space with bunting and balloons galore and of course our Buy Local table.

Despite the tube strike some people made long journeys to get to us and this was greatly appreciated.  A big thank you to our cake makers who did us proud, with not a shop bought cake in sight.  As the tea flowed so did the conversation.  

One guest said, “The buzz greeting me when I came through the door was really tangible. What a friendly group of people, who were clearly trying to help each other.”  

Here's some video feedback that we recorded with Karen during the event:

Our District leader, Jane awarded Alex Burton with his new L4G badge, so he is now a fully-fledged member of the crew and Chris Ogle, the founder of L4G said a few words too.  Then it was time for a group photo in the garden and the sun really did shine!  It somehow felt as though we had arranged this too!
Last year I went to a royal garden party attended by the Queen, but it wasn’t half as much fun as this one.  Why? It was like being on a film set, people seemed more interested in appearances rather than conversation.

By contrast our Chingford tea party goers got chatting from the off, and soon the room was buzzing.  I managed to catch up with people I hadn’t seen for a while.  We had a cross section of people in our midst, some unemployed, others were small business owners or freelancers and we had some children too. 

If you want to see more events like this one please let your friends know about Link4Growth NE London and come along to one of our meetings – held in Chingford, Walthamstow and South Woodford.  

Hope to see you soon!
Debra Oakaby
Career and Business Coach