World record attempt at tea-making

4 July 2022

An attempt to break the world tea-making record will be made by members of the National Association of Tangent Clubs at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate on 12 July 2022.

Tangent, which supports communities through fundraising and is one of the largest women’s organisations in the UK, has adopted Re-engage as its charity of the year. This attempt at the world record is just one of several events aimed at raising money for Re-engage, which helps the elderly to combat loneliness through its free Sunday tea parties and telephone links.

A dozen Tangent and Round Table Family volunteers will be straining to top the Guinness World Record of brewing 1,848 cups of tea in an hour. The current record was set in Ireland in 2015.

This effort will involve using; twelve urns, 60 tea pots and 2000 foam cups, and 1000 Tea Bags. Each pot has to brew for four-and-a-half minutes and will be checked by an inspector from the food and hygiene sector.

Three varieties of tea bags will be used; Yorkshire Original, Hardwater and Jam & Toast and will have to be poured in sequence. The cups will be handed out, free of charge, to spectators at the event which will take place in the Young Farmers’ Pavilion on the first morning of the four-day show, which attracted 135,000 visitors pre-pandemic.

Heather Parry, President of Tangent, said:

We really will go potty if we smash the record. We want as many people as possible to come along with a big thirst to help us out and at the same time support Re-engage which does such wonderful work with older people.


Re-engage CEO, Meryl Davies, said:

Our tea parties are happy occasions that bring communities together, providing regular afternoons of conversation and laughter with friends of all ages.

Tangent is dedicated to forging friendships, as we are at Re-engage, and we wish them every success in their record-breaking attempt.

Other Tangent events in support of Re-engage include; the President’s Lunch on 17th Sept 2022; a Ball in Bradford on 11th February, 2023; and on 20th August this year supporter John Kilshaw, and the Tangent National Secretary Sue Eyre will attempt to swim the 15-mile Loch Tay.

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