Once a church, now a beautiful community space, Left Bank Leeds is set to bring folk together over a cuppa.
It may be a British tradition that has been passed down through the ages, but afternoon tea never gets old. In fact, it’s seen something of a resurgence of late, as the city’s restaurants tempt folk in with elaborate spreads. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive though, as Left Bank Leeds have proved with their latest mission to bring together the local community.
From 14th June 2017, they’re going to open up their space to the local community on the second Wednesday of the month, inviting you to join them for a cuppa and a slice of cake in a stunning setting. In a world where we’re either glued to our phones or tapping on a keyboard, this is a chance to step back into the real world and meet your neighbours, without putting your hand in your pocket. You never know who you’ll meet or whose life you could change.
After all, not everyone has a lively social life. According to Age UK, 1 million older people often or always feel lonely, and 17% of them have less than weekly contact with family, friends and neighbours. So Left Bank afternoon tea is more than just a tasty freebie, it’s a chance to bring people together and help reduce loneliness – and that’s something we can all get behind.
It’s something they’ve always wanted to do, but until recently, it wasn’t possible – because they didn’t have heating. Now that they do, they’re looking for new ways to welcome people into the space.
“Now that we have heating, we have our building open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursday. At the moment it is used predominantly by freelancers as a co-working space, but we wanted to open our amazing space up to more members of the local community, to let everyone know they’re welcome and allow people to meet one another and eat some free cake,” Linda Horsburgh, Volunteer Manager at Left Bank Leeds, explained.
There’ll be tea, coffee and soft drinks to enjoy alongside a selection of cakes, with vegan and gluten-free options, so everyone is catered for. They’re not scrimping on service either – everything will be served on classy traditional china. They will, however, be accepting donations – this is a charity after all.
“The Hyde Park/Headingley area is a real mix of people, from those who have lived in the area their whole lives, to those raising young families, to students who might only live here for 8 months,” Horsburgh told us. “It would be lovely to see those different groups of people have the chance to mix and to share stories.”
The free afternoon tea at Left Bank Leeds starts on Wednesday 14th June 2017 and will take place on the second Wednesday of every month.TNS survey for Age UK, April 2014. Loneliness, Social Isolation and Living Alone in Later Life, C. Victor et al., 2003