Teddy bear’s picnic

Teddy bear’s picnic
Community News

Teddy bear’s picnic has been going for 28 years, originally from an idea by a regular at the Crown & Crossed Swords in Shotley Bridge, to bring festive cheer to older members of the local population.

Usually patrons are collected from 3 local care homes, (these are St Mary’s Convent, Shotley Park Care Home and Kaydar in the village of Shotley Bridge) and brought to the Crown & Crossed Swords. Other local residents who may be alone or vulnerable are also contacted and invited to join us. Here they are treated to a full Christmas dinner, dessert, drinks and entertainment.
Fundraising takes place throughout the year to raise enough to cover costs, and volunteers to help with serving meals and washing up are always welcome. 
This year we had to be more creative, but didn’t let it hold us back. There were care packages assembled for staff and residents at the 3 care homes, including home-baked goodies, and sweets, biscuits and mulled wine generously donated by Tesco Consett. 
The marvellous Anna Reay provided some amazing sing-along songs in car-park and roadside concerts with her amplifier and microphone powered from her car! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!! Her beautiful renditions of ‘Nessun dorma’ and ‘Hallelujah’ brought tears to many eyes.
We hope to be back to a more ‘normal’ programme for Christmas 2021, but whatever this year brings, we will be here, and bringing the good cheer. 
For more information take a look at their Facebook page
If anyone wishes to support the Teddy bear’s picnic contact Sam Callon on 07814935212.