Eaton & Cringleford

Community support for cafe

Just Regional
Oct 24, 2014 3 mins read

A celebration of the culmination of months of work to open the Cringleford Hub Café took place on Saturday, October 11 with hundreds of people coming together at the Willow Centre on Round House Park to eat, drink, have a chat and take part in fun activities.

The cafe is the latest success for the Cringleford Hub charity, which was created as a response to the rapid expansion of Cringleford – with thousands of new residents moving in to the Roundhouse Park development.

The Hub has run more than 170 events and groups to date – everything from curry nights and new-parent groups to “Table”, a community church gathering.

The cafe opening was attended by special guest Stewart White, presenter of BBC Look East and a South Norfolk resident, who unveiled the winners of a photography competition involving residents from across the village. The winners were Paul Cracknell, Rhianna Cracknell and Sara Bayliss.

The Rev Heather Cracknell, who works for the church in Cringleford and established Cringleford Hub, said: “We had an amazing day and were blown away by the support from the community; at one stage we had over 200 people eating, drinking, chatting and taking part in the activities, and across the day our brilliant volunteer team served 600 hot drinks!

“People came from all over Cringleford, from the established village and the new development, and young and old and everyone in between enjoyed the display by the Historical Society and the photography exhibition, with the winners presented with their certificates by Stewart White, who enjoyed chatting with people over coffee during the afternoon after unveiling the photographs to be displayed in the cafe.”

“The Mini Monster Roadshow, face-painting and circus skills were also a massive hit with our younger guests, as were the cakes!

“It was a great boost to have David Goldson, chair of South Norfolk District Council, say a few words to congratulate us, and also to have our councillors Gary Wheatley and Christopher Kemp, along with chair of the Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Area, David Bills, and county councillor Judith Virgo, all attending to offer support.

“Chair of Healthwatch Norfolk, Bill Armstrong, also attended, demonstrating that the project fits well with wider priorities for supporting communities and individuals in ‘living well’.

Sumi, one of the cafe volunteers, added: “I have to say that it was such an overwhelming response. It clearly showed what the community has been missing so far. It was such a pleasure meeting so many people and serving them drinks and cakes and I can’t wait to do more.”

The cafe will open fully from November 15, and will be running four times a week on Mondays 2.30-8.30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30am-4.30pm, and Saturdays 8.30am-3pm.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back regularly soon to enjoy a drink and snack, or as a place to relax and meet friends and make new ones,” said Heather. “Our volunteers are raring to go, and if you’d like to join the team let us know, we’d love to have you as part of this great project that is truly for the community, by the community!”

For more information contact the Rev Heather Cracknell on 01603501364,

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