Tea set left in will makes it safely to Yorkshire Dales tearoom

Steve and Donna Stone, with Rev Caroline, Hewlett, enjoying the teaset. Photo: Tracy Little.

A Yorkshire Dales vicar has stepped in to ensure a tea set left in a will makes it to its new home.

A parishioner of a church in Haddenham in Oxfordshire died recently and left the tea set to the Ivy Cottage tea room in Reeth in his will.

The man chose the tearoom because as he would often call in while on holiday in the area.

Residents of Haddenham, a picturesque village which features on TV’s Midsomer Murders, did not know how to get the tea set safely to Reeth.

They mentioned the dilemma to the parish vicar, Reverend Margot Hodson, who by coincidence is friends with Swaledale and Arkengarthdale vicar Reverend Caroline Hewlett.

The pair discussed the problem and Rev Hewlett decided she would pay her friend and her husband a visit to bring the tea set back to the Dales.

Rev Hewlett said: “I came back from Haddenham with the tea set all packed up in paper in two cardboard boxes, which were wedged behind the back seats in the car, so they wouldn’t move around too much.

“I drove carefully back up the motorway, listening out for any clinking noises behind me.

“I am glad to say that the tea set arrived in Reeth with no breakages!”

The tea set will now be used by customers visiting the Reeth tearoom.