THE Women’s Royal Voluntary Service has bowed out of providing tea and snacks at Huddersfield Magistrates Court.

After more than a decade of providing refreshments for those obliged to attend the court – along with those who work there – the charity has handed over the reigns to the Huddersfield Lions.

WRVS Volunteer Molly Metcalfe, 78, has orchestrated the move due to her failing health, but has secured a smooth handover to ensure parched visitors can still purchase a hot beverage or a piece of toast.

She said: “I started with the WRVS around 17 years ago and took charge of all the services we provided.

“But it has been getting too much lately, so I contacted a friend at Lions who has kindly stepped in to take over the unit.

“I have enjoyed being involved with it and will miss all the staff and hearing all the goings-on.

“We have never had any trouble and people appreciated us being there so I am happy to hand it over.”

Huddersfield Lions member Bob Armitage said: “We decided at our meeting a few months back that we would take over the service.

“A number of the ladies will continue to volunteer alongside us and we have around eight Lions so we plan to keep the opening hours to mornings as it has been for a while now.

“The tea bar does raise a significant sum for charity and although we have no immediate plans it will be spent on projects and causes locally.”

The Lions are now keen to get more volunteers on board with the possibility of providing the service for longer opening hours.

Bob added: “We could always do with more help, even if its just for a few hours each week.”