The Bring Joy Foundation handpicked Epsom’s Wells Centre to receive its second donation – funding a VIP vintage tea dance for more than 80 older members of the borough.

The Foundation was touched by the way The Wells Centre brings older people across Epsom and Ewell together – and wanted to help put a touch of magic and sparkle onto its agenda.

When the charity asked The Wells Centre to write on a message board what would make for a ‘swell time’ – a vintage tea dance came top of the list as a way to say thank you to existing centre members and to encourage new people through its doors too.

Granting The Wells Centre’s wish, the Bring Joy Foundation funded the vintage afternoon, paying for all the ingredients for The Wells Centre to cut up a fine selection of sandwiches, bake cakes and sweet treats and pour lots of pots of tea.



The VIP event, which included a dance demonstration with performers from the Surrey Jive troupe, seemed to suit guests down to a ‘tea’.

Great grandmother-of-nine, Kathleen Searle, who was set to celebrate her 90th birthday the next day, said: “I loved the happiness, the companionship, the dancing, our sing-song and all the tea drinking.”

Neighbours Mary Taylor and Margaret Hall said: “It was fantastic to watch the dancing, everyone was lovely and smiley. It was so nice to be spoilt for the whole afternoon.”

Marie Bacchio, who lives in the Wells, added: “A beautiful afternoon with all the proper touches, we’ve all been made to feel so very special.” Her friend, Jeanie Willsher, added: “When I was a little girl my aunty took me to a tea dance, it was a special occasion then and a special occasion now.”

The borough’s Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Robert Foote and wife Rosemary called in to the tea dance for a cuppa as well as Councillors Nigel Pavey and Jean Steer.

2 Left Kathleen Searle Right Cllr Jean Steer

Cllr Steer, who is Chair of the Social Committee for the borough, said: “The music, the dancing, the tea, the whole event brought great spirits and sparkle to the day.”

Sam Brocklebank, the charity’s co-founder, said: “The Wells Centre touched the heart of our charity and we felt that an afternoon of old school entertainment would be perfectly fitting for our second donation.”

The Wells Community Centre is run by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and is open every weekday from 9am to 4pm with a host of activities available including Tai Chi, Short Mat Bowling, Beginners Bridge and Line Dancing. Hot and cold lunches are served every day for the popular over 55’s luncheon club.