Pop up Peak District tea room launches in beautiful location next week
Three Sheffield friends are setting up a charity pop up tea room to raise funds for their gap years, where they will undertake outreach work
The tea room will be set up at Station House, in Millers Dale, for two weeks from 10-22 July excluding 13 July, and will be run by the three students.
Teenagers Grace Toward, Emily Goulding, and Grace Campbell have been friends for the last three years and will work together at the tea room from 10am-5pm.
They will bake all the cakes and scones themselves, and will also be selling drinks and ice creams throughout the day.
It was Grace Toward’s parents’ idea to use the station house, which they own, to raise money towards the cost of each student’s gap year.
Grace Toward, 18, said: “We have done a lot of baking before. Me and Emily did a practice bake which went really well.
"We have spent the last couple of months planning but this month has involved more doing.
"The main problem was having enough tea pots and cups.
"My grandma’s church, Southwell Baptist Church, is letting us borrow all the tea stuff.
"Now we need to start baking and set up.
“We are excited, and we have done a lot of work.
“We think it will be stressful but fun, definitely more fun.”
Grace hopes that the natural beauty of Millers Dale will help bring people to their tea room.
She said: “We set up the event on Facebook and Instagram accounts which show the place and gardens. It is really pretty.”
Millers Dale station, built in 1863 as part of the main London to Manchester line, closed in 1967.
Station House is the original station master’s house, which today lies on the Monsal Trail, a popular walking and cycling route.
Grace Toward is raising money to travel to Uganda, where she will complete outreach work teaching, and working with young offenders in Kampala, the capital. She has £1200 left to raise.
Emily will work with children in Worcester, and Grace Campbell will work with a church in Devon to help young children and students.
Following their gap years, all three are planning to go to university.