Norfolk church launches new community cafe
church has launched a new community café in Thorpe Marriott
, near Norwich
to serve food and provide a place where old and young can go along for a cuppa and a chat or even to do their homework or some art.
The Bishop of Norwich (The Rt Revd Graham James) and the Chairman of Broadland District Council, Mrs Joella Cottingham, officially opened the new St Edmund's Community Cafe in Thorpe Marriott on the afternoon of Sunday September 20.
The Community Cafe was set up on a trial basis three months ago by members of St Edmund's Church in Taverham who wanted the parish church to have a presence at the Thorpe Marriott end of the parish.
Run by church volunteers, the cafe serves sandwiches and jacket potatoes, drinks, cakes and snacks, as well as providing a place where people, young and old, can meet for a chat.
There is also a homework corner where children and young people can meet after school, and the many care homes in the area are using the Cafe as somewhere where their elderly residents can go for a change of scene and a "cuppa and a chat".
The Cafe opens every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am-4.30pm. It is supported by many local businesses which have given donations, resources and food, as well as by Broadland District Council and the Diocese of Norwich.
The official opening event was an open day for the local community with a bouncy castle, face painting, music, giant games and refreshments.
The Chairman of Broadland District Council cut the ribbon, following a prayer of blessing by the Archdeacon of Norwich, the Ven Jan McFarlane. There then followed an informal act of worship at the Café, led by the Bishop of Norwich.
"Our parish church is in Taverham, but Thorpe Marriott is part of our parish and we wanted to find a new way of being part of the community there," said the Revd Paul Seabrook, Rector of Taverham.
"The Cafe has really taken off and is proving to be popular. We now have an art group meeting there one morning a week, and our next aim is to start a Mums and Tots group as we've been inundated with requests for one to begin!"
The St Edmund's Community Cafe is at Hinks Meadow Community Hall, Kingswood Avenue, Taverham NR8 6GL.
More information is available from the Revd Paul Seabrook on 01603 868217.