Church Clubs & Activities

Tea Club | Guides | Brownies

Tea Club:

On the 10th November St Martin's Church Tea Club in Byker will be celebrating its 50 year anniversary. The club was founded in 1970 after Fr Irwin Robson and Vera Bolter from Age Concern identified a need for a fellowship group in the local area. For half a century the group has welcomed elderly people but also those who have been recently bereaved, have additional needs or are just looking for some friendly faces. More recently there have been many other clubs and activities for elderly people but St Martin's Tea Club continues to uphold its original purpose to care for those who are isolated within the fold of the church.

The club has made an enormous difference to people in the area, and incredibly the club has been run by the same woman since 1971. Doris Scowen says that she was initially apprehensive about taking on the role but that it has worked out well because of the support of the committee, clergy and the members. Doris has previously won awards for her voluntary work with the Tea Club, one in 2015 and a Health and Wellbeing Award from the Byker Voscars in 2019. Despite this recognition she has always highlighted the contributions of others both past and present including the other members and volunteers, the clergy and St Martin's Centre.

The activities include bingo, hymn singing, visits to local places and of course, drinking tea. The club has been described as a 'second family' and it has been a place where friendship flourishes.

There are also Girl Guides at St Martin's for girls 10+. These girls follow the same promises and law and have a leader, but are more independent and take more responsibilities for their own activities and planning. They also meet at St Martin's on Mondays from 6:00-7:30pm. As with the Brownies, please contact Doris Rae for more information.

The First Newcastle Brownies at St Martin's welcomes girls aged 7-10 years. Brownies meet on Mondays from 6:00-7:30pm. The girls have lots of fun, play games, make crafts amongst other things. They learn about caring for others and their community. They learn a promise, and a Law which is: 'that a Brownie thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day'.

The pack has met at St Martin's for over 50 years and is sometimes fully subscribed, so please contact their leader Doris Rae on 0191 265 8658 if you are interested.