The Shorter Oxford Dictionary defines an American Tea as “a social function to raise funds, to which guests contribute by bringing or buying food and drink”. The origins of the Shore American Tea event started on 16th November 1936, under the auspice of “bring a gift, buy a gift” organised by the Ladies Committee at Shore. The following year a garden fete was held, however still called the American Tea, with the boys from the school conducting tours of the school buildings and the view from the tower. It has been held annually ever since, changing through the war years to provide funds to the war effort, and then in subsequent years contributing to the War Memorial Hall Fund, building of the library in the 1950’s and ever since supporting the education of boys at Shore with equipment, bursaries, and improved facilities.

If you would like more information please contact the American Tea Coordinators:

Prue Crookes | Phoebe Clift

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