Saddleworth turns green for Macmillan coffee mornings

SADDLEWORTH TURNED green as locals and businesses held the World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings in aid of Macmillan.

Warburton Court in Uppermill raised £230 as residents welcomed family and friends to tuck into cake and coffee.

They also held a book stall and tombola, and Bridget was a lucky winner after guessing the closest to the correct number of spots on a cake – all 576!

Meanwhile in Greenfield, Moonstone psychic venue and gift shop opened their doors to share a mouth-watering spread of cakes and biscuits with visitors, raising £100 and counting.

All rules went out of the window at Apollonia House Dental and Health Care as they hosted their sugar-filled Coffee Morning.

Newest dentist at the practice Laura Rice teamed up with Carolina Stoneley, assistant practice manager, and Jessica Knight, treatment co-ordinator, to arrange the event.

And, helped by admin assistant Ben Stoneley, they laid on a delicious array of sponges, cookies, buns, chocolate cakes and more all made by the staff to raise £350.

Laura said: “We didn’t know what to expect with it being our first one but it’s been really good.”

Dentist Laura joined the practice in December and is working alongside Adrian Bennett and Andrew Lane, specialising in children and nervous patients.

Elsewhere, at the Old Bell Inn at Delph, a fun stand-up bingo entertained visitors while they enjoyed their tea, coffee and cakes.

Combined with proceeds from a unique Coopers on Tour coffee morning earlier in the week, the Inn raised £230 for Macmillian.

Then Diggle Band Club was decked out in bright green balloons and banners as Margaret Hardy and daughters Karen Schofield, Paula Hardy and Linda Heywood raised £1,400 at their popular annual event.

Coffee, cakes, a home-made stall, a raffle and a tombola were on offer, as well as a beautiful cake for a guess the weight competition.

Paula said: “Thank you to Rijo for the generous donations, to all the volunteers who we couldn’t do it without and to everyone who came on the day to support us.”

Pupils at Saddleworth School also joined in the fundraising as they sold home-baked mouth-watering cakes during their break and lunchtime and also held a raffle.

And Year 8 pupils took part in a ‘Great British Bake-Off’ to see which class could raise the most money for Macmillan.

Organiser Miss Craddock said: “The children have really enjoyed it – even the boys, who have baked and brought in some fantastic cakes.”

Students also left touching messages on a ‘memory tree’ dedicated to family members or friends who have been affected by cancer.

Meanwhile, younger pupils at Knowsley Junior School played their part too as the Year 3 pupils brought in delicious cakes, buns, flapjacks, sponges, fairy cakes and more.

Parents and friends were invited to the Coffee Afternoon and tucked into the spread, using brightly coloured plates designed by the children.

Mrs Hewitt, Year 3 team organiser, said: “The Year 3 pupils are new to the school so we find this coffee afternoon is a great way to get to know them and their parents.”

Elsewhere, Authentic gift shop in Uppermill was filled to bursting as visitors crowded in for a slice of cake and coffee, as well as a go on the raffle.

And Riverside House in Uppermill rounded up the events as residents raised £189 as they welcomed their families and friends to enjoy cake and coffee as well as grabbing a bargain from the stalls books, bric-a-brac and a raffle.

There were also very kind donations of £50 from the Thursday Whist Club, and £20 from a local resident, making a total of £259.


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