Dark tea 'a symbol of elderly wisdom'

August 31 2018
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A CHINESE Tea Ceremony in Fishponds launched a series of cookery classes for older people.

The event at  Brunelcare’s Colliers Gardens extra care housing scheme was the start of the Bristol Meets the World food and nutrition project run by Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s group and supported by Bristol Ageing Better.

The traditional  tea ceremony was performed by Yi Zeng.Tea ceremonies are a major aspect of the Chinese culture. In daily life, tea is used for medical purposes and also for daily pleasures. During the ceremony different types of tea and their meanings were explained. For example, dark tea symbolises the wisdom of the elderly, and Wulong tea is said to resemble the perseverance of philosophers.  

At the end of the ceremony, guests, who included people from the Vassall Centre as well as residents of Colliers Gardens, were invited to taste and smell the tea. 

The Bristol Meets the World project will take place over the next two years, with each of the partners, Brunelcare, 91 Ways, Carers Support Centre and Hanover, running workshops focusing on cooking demonstrations, participation and involvement, and story-telling.

The project is intended to reduce social isolation and loneliness, improve self-esteem and health and cultural awareness and raise public awareness of diversity in the city. 

Julie Walker, Colliers Gardens manager, said: “This enchanting tea ceremony was the perfect launch. I had no idea until today that having a cup of tea can be so relaxing, allowing time to think about how the tea was made and learning that in Chinese culture it has so much meaning!”  

To find out more and to join the sessions please contact Brunelcare’s Colliers Gardens team on 0117 958 6336.