Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea

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As part of the MSOPC’s heritage project, 400+ older people from Mid Sussex and places around its borders (click on the link below to see a full list of places represented) celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in style with an afternoon tea at the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Park on Friday 10 June 2016. This was an event aimed at connecting communities and individuals via the MSOPC two-way information network with a view to reducing isolation and loneliness.

Village List of Queen’s Tea attendees


The Event was opened by Colin Field JP, DL who represented the The Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susan Pyper, who is Her Majesty’s personal representative in the countybut who had a prior engagement with the Queen at a thanksgiving service in St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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Also in attendance were:  Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, Peter and Judy Reed, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, Bruce and Jennie Forbes, Vice Chairman Mid Sussex District Council, Mayor and Mayoress, Haywards Heath, Mayor and Mayoress, East Grinstead, Cllr Normal Webster, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Health and Community and Cllr Anne Jones from Burgess Hill Town Council.

The music was provided by the Absolutely Vintage Swing Band.


Grateful thanks are offered to all those who have contributed their time and effort to make this event possible: the MSOPC trustees; and Committee Members, Friends and Village Representatives and other individuals who worked with MSOPC to bring groups of people attending from their local areas, including in some cases, arranging their transport.     For example: Monica from Ardingly – seen dancing (photo above this paragraph);


Julie Budgen from the Balcome 61 Club and Joan from the Handcross Rosemary Club (featured in the photos above).

Lots of other Groups and Organisations we also well represented: The Burgess Hill and District Lions Charity, Age Concern Hassocks, Age UK East Grisntead and District, the local branch of the Parkinson’s Society, Carers Support, the local Alzheimer’s’ branch,  IT drop in at Ardingly College and the Spire Cafe, St John’s Church, Burgess Hill, Friends Unlimited from the Lindfield Evangelical Free Church, the Community Cafe at St Dunstan’s Ashurst Wood, U3A – various branches, and the Hurstpierpoint Cream tea group.  Are there other groups that were represented there – please let us know.

Were you there?  Have a look at the photo wall.  If you have photos of the event you would like to share please send them to chairman@msopc.org.uk

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