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Coffee coffer cups runneth over!

Posted on October 25 2014 at 10:47:03

Coffee Queen and helpers

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

The aroma of fresh coffee filled the air on as people put the kettle on in support of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising event.

Around 250 parents and relatives joined children and staff at Finstall First School for a combined harvest celebration and coffee morning. More than £1,200 was raised for Cancer Support.

At the new Oakalls Grange development, residents gathered in the marketing suite to enjoy a cuppa and a wonderful selection of cakes. They were joined by Newland Homes’ staff and Coun Caroline Spencer.

Later in the day some site construction workers also popped in to make sure no cakes were left uneaten! More than £70 was raised.

Similar events were held at other Newland Homes developments across the region with £400 raised in total. Newland Homes MD David Foreman matched this amount and £800 has been donated to Macmillan.

The following day Julie Whyte, a Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteer, held a coffee morning at her home on the Oakalls. Julie has been an Ambassador and Lead Volunteer for Macmillan for fourteen years, specialising in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – which has earned her the affectionate nickname “Coffee Queen”.

This year’s event was supported by local businesses, which donated items for a tombola. Homemade cakes, sweets and jam were sold and an amazing £1,500 was raised.

“My coffee morning coffer cups runneth over!” said a delighted Julie. “I’m astonished and overwhelmed by the support of my friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.”

Instances of drivers travelling at dangerous speeds along Regents Park Road have been witnessed by a number of residents. This has been bought to the attention of County Councillor Kit Taylor.

Once all building works have been completed on Oakalls Grange the issue will be pursued with WCC Highways and a request made for speed bumps along this stretch of road.

Coun Taylor is also looking into the problem of cars parking close to the Regents Park Road junction with Green Park Road. This obstructs any clear vision for residents driving out of Green Park Road and is therefore recognised as a safety issue.

Residents are in for a festive treat on Sunday December 21 thanks to Bromsgrove councillors Caroline Spencer and Rod Laight.

This popular Christmas event, first launched on the estate back in 2011, is a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole Oakalls and Parklands community together at a special time of year.

As in previous years, residents are invited to carry lanterns and glow sticks and process to the Green by Trianon Road at 6.30pm.

There will be a traditional carol concert and refreshments will be available, including mulled Tardebigge cider, soft drinks, candy floss, sweets and mince pies. Santa will make a special guest appearance at around 7pm.

This event is funded by County Council Divisional Funds but a small charge will apply to some of the refreshments.

Please show your support for the hard work undertaken behind the scenes by our local councillors, and enjoy a very special celebration with friends and neighbours.

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Above: “Coffee Queen” Julie Whyte (centre) with Maureen Saunders, Claire and Ellie Johnston, Becky Rose of Vintage Belles, Hazel Whyte, Sarah Roberts of Vintage Belles, Karen Price, and Ian Whyte.

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