News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Tea Caddy Extravaganza: World record?

Tea Caddy Extravaganza: World record?

It would take most of New Zealand’s tea drinkers to get through Renwick man’s Graham Brooks’ tea caddy collection.

An estimated 3,000 caddies will be on display to raise funds for Alzheimers Marlborough’s crucial support services during Awareness and Appeal Week, which runs from 12 to 18 July.

Graham Brooks has been collecting tea caddies from near and afar for 35 years after his mother-in-law gave him one as a gift. For the first time in 25 years Graham’s collection will come out of storage for a special event at the Blenheim Club, officially opened by Wellington-based antiques expert Peter Wedde of the television programme Auction House.

Spokesperson for Alzheimers Marlborough, Helen Knapp, says the organisation saw the display as a fantastic opportunity for Appeal Week. Traditionally, they encourage ‘Cuppa for a Cause’ events where workplaces, individuals and groups of friends host a cup of tea with proceeds going to the organisation.

“The tea caddy extravaganza is an extension of our ‘cuppa’ events, but a massive one!
Many people who have dementia are of the generation where the ritual of tea making, including the beautiful caddies, was an important part of daily life. We are delighted to host the collection at the Blenheim Club, with its elegant décor and 100 year history.”

After trawling through the online community of tea caddy collectors, Graham says it appears he has the largest collection. Application has been made to the Guinness World Records for validation of the largest collection in the world and Graham is expecting notification of the outcome this week.

He is delighted to be able to show off his collection and support people with dementia at the same time. “I thought there needed to be something for people to come and have a look at while they had their cup of tea. I also wanted to get all the caddies in one place. I regularly come home from a holiday with a hundred tea caddies. That’s why we take the car over on the ferry, because it’s easier than flying when you’re collecting. You pick them up in obscure places.” Graham says he had no idea there were so many caddies until he gathered them from all over his house and packed them in boxes for the collection.

Alzheimers Marlborough hopes to raise $10,000 through the event. This funding will make up the difference the organisation needs after the funding it receives from the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news