The annual Carers Tea and Evensong at Guildford Cathedral marked its tenth anniversary recently. The tea welcomed back Emily Bollon and the ‘Motivation by Music’ Gospel Choir. With a good attendance, this year’s Carers Tea went with a song and a swing. Led by Emily Bolton with passion and energy, the Gospel Choir performed, and involved the audience in a varied programme of lively gospel songs.
Canon Paul Smith gave a welcome, and Revd Clive Richardson, Diocese Carer Support Adviser opened the programme and introduced the choir. This year we were joined by Helyn Clack, Vice Chair of Surrey County Council, and cabinet members Sinead Mooney, and Mary Huggins.
The afternoon was a time for carers to have a break from their caring role and enjoy something uplifting and enjoyable just for them. The Revd Clive Richardson said, "It’s been wonderful to welcome so many carers here enjoyable just for them relaxing and just enjoying the afternoon. It gives time to step aside from Caring responsibilities and to be themselves. It’s a time of physical, emotional, and spiritual refreshment."
After Tea at the Refectory, Evensong in the Cathedral ended the afternoon in a gentle and reflective way.
One of the Carers said, “Thanks for a lovely time at the Afternoon Tea and a beautiful service afterwards.”