Friendship and connection form over a cuppa at Oxford Library

Published: 21-Jul-2020

Oxford Library is pleased to be home to a new fortnightly gathering for anyone interested in meeting new people and making new friends.

The relaxed get-togethers are an initiative of Waimakariri’s Migrants and Newcomers Group and take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, from 2pm to 3pm.

The first get-together happened on Tuesday 23 June, and there were warm smiles all round.

Organisers wanted to create a friendly, welcoming space every fortnight, where people could come together for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee, free of charge.

“When we set about thinking what we wanted the group to be, we were struck by the idea that you never know whether the next person with whom you strike up a conversation might become a dear friend,” Waimakariri Libraries’ Community Experiences and Diversity Team Leader Laura Caygill said.

Migrants and Newcomers group member Stephane Pannoux agreed.

“We wanted to create a space where those conversations could happen, and new friends could be found,” she said.

The group was ready to get started before the country went into lockdown for Covid-19 and were pleased to now be up and running.

There is no cost to go along to Cuppa Connections and no need to register. For any enquiries please pop into the Oxford Library or give the team a call on 311 9006.

The Waimakariri Migrants and Newcomers Group is supported by Wamakairi District Council’s Communities Team. Visit their Facebook Page for more info.