Grantham College Students thank Keyworkers with ‘Vintage’ Afternoon Tea
Grantham College Catering students have this week whisked, baked and cooked up a special ‘Vintage’ Afternoon Tea to show their gratitude to keyworkers in the local community for their tireless work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The students prepared and served the traditional tea themselves in the college’s Apple Tree Restaurant to invited guests including Grantham Hospital theatre staff, Lincolnshire Police and St Barnabas Hospice staff plus, members of the Refuse Collection Crew from South Kesteven District Council and representatives of Grantham Foodbank.
A selection of quintessential, culinary delights, from smoked salmon sandwiches, freshly baked scones and Victoria sponge cake to Viennese whirls, eclairs and meringue splits, featured on the menu. Tea was served from vintage china teapots and tea cups and the restaurant was decorated with bunting, fresh flowers and colourful ‘Thank You!’ artwork, created by the college’s Art and Design students especially for the occasion.
The nurses of St Barnabas Hospice said,
"We had a lovely time and really enjoyed the afternoon tea. The food was lovely and we were very well looked after by the staff and catering students, all very kind and happy to have us. The food and place was absolutely amazing and we have even said that we would love to go back one day for staff dinners and Christmas events. Thank you to all those involved for taking the time to show their appreciation to key workers”!
Tracy Scarborough, the college’s Vice Principal, Quality and Curriculum, welcomed and thanked the invited guests. She said,
“Our Hospitality and Catering students came up with this wonderful idea of inviting keyworkers into college for an afternoon tea as a way of thanking them for their hard work and dedication throughout the very difficult circumstances created by the pandemic.
“The planning, preparations and staging of the event has also given the students much needed experience of catering for a full restaurant, which, due to the pandemic, there has been little opportunity for them to have this past year.”
She added, “On behalf of Grantham College, I’d like to extend a big ‘thank you’ from all our students and staff to all keyworkers, not just those who have been able to attend our afternoon tea event.”
Ms Scarborough also expressed thanks to the local businesses who had leant their support to the afternoon tea event to show their appreciation for local keyworkers. The Grantham branch of Morrisons supermarket, produce supplier 'Fresh Drop' and florists 'Glen-Esk Flowers' contributed ingredients and table decorations. Even the Catering students themselves made a donation, using their recent restaurant tips to help fund the occasion.
Hazel Gunby, Head of Curriculum, then surprised Catering lecturers Richard White and Tracey West by asking them to step out of the kitchen to join the guests for the special tea. She said,
“Our lecturers have worked tirelessly and creatively during the pandemic to enable students to receive as much of the same teaching and learning as possible. Richard and Tracey also set up a take away service and they even created a temporary teaching kitchen in their own homes to deliver remote practical lessons during lockdown. As keyworkers, they too deserve our thanks.”
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