New Upper Beeding café opens
The Hub Café, a place for people to relax and chat over a coffee, opened its doors in Upper Beeding on Monday.
The lovely setting in Upper Beeding Baptist Church is a comfortable place to wile away time with a delicious hot drink and slice of homemade cake.
Co-ordinator Vicki Butchers, wife of minister Peter Butchers, explained six months of planning had finally come to fruition.
An old office has been converted into a kitchen and part of the sanctuary has been screened off for the café, with the view to expand as it becomes more popular.
“The church’s vision for the place was to be a space for the community to come and meet because there is nothing here in UpperBeeding, other than the pub,” explained Vicki.
All ages were welcome, she added, with a corner play area set up for the children.
The café is currently open Monday to Friday, 9am to noon, plus the second Saturday of the month, from 10am to noon.
“We are looking to open every Saturday, then after school,” said Vicki.
“It is all volunteers from the church at the moment, but we are hoping to get others involved.”
Tucking into chocolate cake on Monday, Rachel Dearsley said: “I think it is a very good idea. I think we need something like this.”
Her husband, Stuart, added: “There is nothing like it in the village and it is quite centrally located.”
Another visitor, Daphne Williams, said: “We are so excited about it. If this morning is anything to go by, it really has taken off.
“There are a lot of lonely people in Beeding so this is an opportunity for them to come and have somewhere to meet and enjoy a nice drink and begin to make friends.”
The church paid for the café to be kitted out and decorated, and the Children and Family Centre donated the tables and chairs.
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