Cafe hel plea at Stowford Community Centre

STOWFORD Community Centre leaders are ‘desperate’ to find volunteers so it can re-open a caf� that is a vital source of income for the hub.

Leaders at the Stowford Rise venue were forced to shut the eatery three weeks ago due to a lack of helpers.

Centre director Jan Jones said on Wednesday she hoped the caf� will re-open in the “near future” if volunteers can be found.

“We desperately need help,” she told the Herald.

“Closing the caf� has taken away an important part of the centre. The volunteers we have are ones we can rely on, but we need more.”


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Volunteer stints are for three hours slots. It is hoped the caf� can re-open to its normal hours from Monday to Saturday, added Jan.

Use of the caf� had become centre leaders’ “main concern”, its manager, Jeff Merrett MBE, said last month.

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The venue has faced a challenge of being self-sufficient since January and hall bookings, and the cafe, are its main source of income.

“We’re a community centre, not a business,” said Mr Merrett.

“Any profit we make goes back into running the centre.”

Anyone interested in volunteering in the caf� can contact Mr Merrett on 01395 576803, or e-mail stowfordcommunitycentre@btconnect.com.

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