Coffee shop at church aims to bring community closer together
RESIDENTS living in Crofts End Road in Speedwell have welcomed the arrival of their very own coffee shop.
Called Crofter Coffee, the shop opened on January 20 as part of the new Crofts End Church and community hub development.
It follows three years of construction, led by Crofts End Church, to give the community facilities they can be proud of.
The first 50 customers at Crofter Coffee, on the ground floor of the new building, were each given a free reusable takeaway mug as part of the opening day celebrations.
Coffee shop manager Liam Everett said: “We have been working very hard over the past few weeks to ensure everything was ready for when we opened our doors to the public.”
The first customer was resident Loren Davy who popped in on her way to work as she had run out of coffee at home.
The opening of the Crofter Coffee is just one aspect of a wider community project to provide badly needed community facilities.
The new hub includes a church which can seat 200 and will be made available to local business for conferences, plus a community cinema room to provide entertainment for children and senior citizens.
The original chapel is now also set to become a community centre for local groups to hire.
The project has received grants from a variety of trusts, both local and national.
Pastor Andrew Yelland said: “We have been blessed not only by the generosity of individuals and organisations who have helped us financially to achieve our vision, but also the countless volunteer hours that church members have put into the building for the benefit of others.”
Crofter Coffee is open Monday to Friday 8am-2pm but hours will increase as the shop becomes established.
For more information about hiring any of the facilities email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture: Crofter Coffee manager Liam Everett with first customer Loren Davy