Philippa is a Precious guest

Philippa Hanna will be visiting Precious later this month

A talented singer/songwriter is hoping girls will get Precious when she comes to tea later this month.

Philippa Hanna will be the special guest at this year’s Precious Vintage Tea Party event, aimed at girls in school years Three to 11 and their Mums, Aunties and Grannies.

The event will take place at the FBC Centre in Finchampstead on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27 and organisers Louise Harmer and Selina Webb are looking forward to it.

“I’m so excited, I can’t believe she’s coming,” says Louise. “There’s been lots of smiles on people’s faces when we tell them.”

Selina added: “It adds to the specialness of the event – and she’s looking forward to coming.”

That specialness is something that runs through Precious like a stick of rock.

Places are limited to 200 and there is something for the mums as well as the girls who come along, making the most of the vintage tea party.

The emphasis is on a quality event as Selina explained: “I’d rather do 200 [places] and do it well, rather than 250 and not do it well.”

The afternoon is more than just tea, cakes, craft and live music. Precious’ slogan is ‘Be inspired to be the Girl God designed you to be!’ and the emphasis is very much on encouraging girls to eschew peer pressure and be themselves.

“This is the next generation of women,” Louise said.

“We want them to like what they see in the mirror and they know that beauty is beyond what they see in that mirror.

“Girlyness is whatever is in you, do that in the right way.”

Louise added that the environment means that they can challenge stereotypes and encourage girls to see that “we’re not to be compared – we compliment each other”.

The event includes afternoon tea served on vintage china, crafts and an inspirational talk.

A message from Philippa can be found at

Precious runs from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, September 27 at the FBC Centre in Finchampstead. Places should be booked by Sept 22. For details, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the FBC Centre reception.