Tearoom opens it’s doors to combat loneliness this Christmas
A Simply Member business with a tearoom near Gnosall in Staffordshire is to throw open its doors to people who face a Christmas alone. Lily’s Secret Vintage Tea Room will provide free coffee, mince pies, Christmas music and a fun festive quiz on Friday, December 23. The tea room, which is tucked away inside Swan Pit Nursery, Gnosall, will be open between 10am and 1pm for people to drop in and enjoy refreshments.
This is a fabulous, but not isolated, instance of small business giving back during the festive season. Being a small or micro business is not just about business but about community. Our stand out members are part of the place they are and help cement the ties in the local community as well s the local economy.
“Studies by Age Concern tell us that around 1.2 million older people in the UK fee isolated and this can feel even worse at Christmas time,” said Lily’s owner, Sarah Lewis. “It is a time of year when you revel in the comfort of having a family and this can lead to people who have lost their love ones feeling more alone than usual.”
“If this event proves popular and people want more, I will look at hosting several similar coffee mornings at the tea room during 2017.”
A trained chef, Sarah, founded Lily’s Secret Vintage Tea Room in 2014. The “secret” tea room is tucked away in the nursery off the main A518 Stafford to Newport Road.