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Pop up tea room helps quench Rosemere’s thirst for funds

Most sought after table in town: Marion’s pop up tea room
Most sought after table in town: Marion’s pop up tea room

[I]n helping Rosemere Cancer Foundation quench its thirst for funds, a pop up tea room in Burton-in-Kendal now looks set to become this weekend’s favourite tea and treats venue.

For this coming Saturday (September 3rd), villager Marion Plowright will convert her sitting room at her home in The Square into The Little Cumbrian Tea Room for only the third time ever to raise money for Rosemere.

With a baby grand piano in one corner of the room, Marion can fit seven clothed and flower decorated tables for two into the remaining space to serve guests her famous straight-from-the-oven scones, which come with cream, strawberries and blueberries and either as much hot tea or coffee as they can drink. There will also be a selection of home-made cakes on offer.

Throughout their tea, guests will be serenaded by one of two accomplished local pianists. They are well known Lancaster composer and pianist Andy Whitfield and Marion’s neighbour Stuart Wickes, who is pianist for the village choir.

Marion says: “In creating The Little Cumbrian Tea Room, I have made it the sort of place I would love to come for tea myself.”

But in order to ensure guests can enjoy their experience to the maximum, Marion is running the tea room to a “sittings” formula, which means reservations must be made in advance for sittings timed at 10-30 am, 11-30 am, 1-30 pm and 2-30 pm. It is a system that has previously worked well when Marion popped up with The Little Cumbrian Tea Room to raise money for Lancaster’s St John’s Hospice and more recently, Macmillan Cancer Support last September when she raised £400 for the charity.

Marion adds: “I have been very well supported previously with guests telling me it was a lovely way to help good causes as it also gave them a chance to meet up with friends and family over tea.”

To make a reservation for The Little Cumbrian Tea Room, call 01524 781350.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation spends the donations it receives on vital equipment, research and training that cannot be funded by the NHS as it strives to bring world class cancer treatments and services to local cancer patients throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire via their local hospitals and the Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Among Rosemere’s most recent local projects is funding a new quiet room in the Oncology Unit at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, which opened in May, and an end of life suite at Furness General Hospital that is due to open in October.

The charity also funds those things that can make the cancer journey a little more comfortable such as free access to complementary therapies for all newly diagnosed patients. For further information on its work, visit its website at

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