The Community Café at Trinity was opened in 2010. How time flies!
It has become an important meeting point for so many people within the community of the church, the surgery, the pharmacy and people needing help from the foodbank. The three buildings surround a triangle of land which has become known as the Community Triangle Garden.
The Café is open every Monday morning 9.00am -1.00pm and when the weather permits, we put tables and chairs outside, so that people can enjoy the sunshine. The lounge is available to sit in and includes a play area for young children.
The Café is a place of welcome for everyone in the wider community where you can meet friends or make new ones, enjoy our home baking and filled rolls; a place of warmth for a cup of coffee, while visiting the neighbouring Surgery and Pharmacy and also a distribution centre for The Food Bank.
We continue to provide an essential service to those needing the Foodbank. Thanks to the generous donations from members of the congregation, members of the public and other church users we are able to support this need. Contributions are always welcome and there is a collecting box in the church.
The garden was in a state of disrepair and the pathways crossing it needed attention.
Looking out of the kitchen window one day it was thought, that it would be lovely if we could completely refurbish this area to make it into a peaceful, attractive and safe area for all of the community to enjoy. Supported by the fantastic Café team in a moment of madness it was agreed to develop the idea! Hence the Community Garden was born, in the same way that the Café idea was born.
We unleashed the skills of our church members, friends and past members too; lots of encouraging ideas were shared, plans were drawn up, and estimates were sought. Presentations were made to the property committee and Church Council for approval and they miraculously backed our enthusiasm for this project.
Funding ideas were started and many hours were spent completing grant applications, much talking was done and many cups of tea and coffee consumed. There were times of despair when our requests for grants were continually turned down but we had faith that this project would be completed and with the generous support of funds raised by many people we were encouraged to struggle on.
The Garden was opened by the Chairman of the East Anglia District of the Methodist Church (Rev Graham Thompson) in April 2014.
Do come along and see the garden area, adjacent to the neighbouring Doctor’s surgery and pharmacy, where people can enjoy the plants and casual seating.