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St Stephen's

Building Each Other Up in Love and Learning


There are those who maintain communicating by putting pen to paper is a thing of the past.

However, that's news to these Year Six epistle writers. When the call went out for children to be penpals for the residents of the Dalemead Retirement Home in St Margarets, these young  scholars volunteered to become missive monitors.

We have recently set up links with the home, making regular visits with groups of children to read and enjoy art and singing sessions with the residents. So successful has been the scheme, that we thought it would be wonderful to set up our own 'Adopt a Granny' letter swap scheme.

To kick off the youngsters wrote to their new friends, giving details of their hobbies and families and were thrilled to receive similar notes from the residents.

Plans are afoot for a face-to-face meet with their new chums, as well as a continuation of postal exchanges. The instant gratification of messenger and what's app are all well and good, but the thrill of receiving a crisp, paper-based message through the post is a mite more satisfying.

The smiles on the faces of the children when we told them 'you've got mail' was a joy to see and it appeared in an envelope, not an inbox ...