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An initiative that offers a warm welcome to people in local communities has hit a new milestone.
The 100th Place of Welcome in the Diocese of Lichfield has opened its doors at Hammerwich Hall Care Home.
The network of sites offers the chance for people to meet friendly faces, have a chat and a cup of tea.
There are currently 350 Place of Welcome venues across the country, but the latest marks a milestone for the Lichfield and Burntwood area.
The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, said: “It is a fantastic achievement that there are now 100 Places of Welcome across Lichfield Diocese – each one offering people a haven of companionship and friendship.
“Places of Welcome really do combat isolation and loneliness and are a practical outworking of how churches and other organisations can know and love their communities.”
Hammerwich Hall, owned and run by Advinia Health Care, hosts its weekly Place of Welcome every Thursday between 2pm and 4pm in their vintage tea room.
Emily Hocking, customer relations manager, said: “Advinia Health Care are delighted to join the Places of Welcome network and we look forward to welcoming people to our wonderful home and gardens.
“We pride ourselves on the warm welcome we offer and look forward to making new friends by offering this opportunity for people to pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat on Thursday afternoons.”
Places of Welcome are sponsored and supported by Transforming Communities Together, a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Lichfield.
Transforming Communities Together chair, the Rev Dr David Primrose, said: “We’re delighted to have Places of Welcome now at a growing number of places across Lichfield Diocese and want to continue this growth.
“It’s fantastic to have a variety of different organisations involved, as we work towards our vision of every community having a Place of Welcome.”