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Community cafe planned for park
4:18pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
PEOPLE power could pave the way for a community cafe to open in the grounds of Whitehead Park in Bury.
Residents are invited to attend a meeting next week to put forward their views on the concept.
The meeting will be held on Monday at Sinatra’s bar, at Elton Liberal Club, in New George Street, beginning at 7pm.
A group which is spearheading the idea is seeking people who want to contribute to their communities and who would enjoy developing a social enterprise in Bury or have any expertise to offer.
The cafe would be a social enterprise with funding, run by volunteers and a project manager, which could become a focal point for existing users of the park, off Ainsworth Road, as well as other groups and members of the community.
It is envisaged that the cafe could provide competitively-priced teas, coffees, other drinks and locally-sourced cakes, pastries and biscuits, as well as a takeaway service, to parents with toddlers, the retired, groups, and those seeking to volunteer or to gain work experience in customer service or catering.
It would also be for the members to decide what kind of activities they would like to see held there.
Community cafes elsewhere have information evenings, hire out a room for local businesses to meet, provide internet access for training purposes and host a range of other activities.
Group spokesman Lesley Marsh said: “Many people have become interested in the idea and we have the support and backing of local councillors and other service providers.
“There isn’t a great deal around to offer users of the park, except for local shops and pubs, and we hope to fill that gap with a social enterprise which will be of benefit to local people as well as people visiting the park from across the borough”
The group stresses that, as well as proposals for a cafe, there is plenty of scope to develop and maintain the existing bowling greens and boost membership.
This would encourage more people to take up regular outdoor activities during the summer months and assist with greenkeeping duties.
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