Community café to open in weeks
Pennington Hall Park’s new café is hoping to open its doors in time for Easter weekend.
Communitea Spaces CIC were given ownership of the café through Wigan Council’s community asset transfer programme last year and volunteers are looking forward to the opening of the highly anticipated ‘Caffeina’.
Michelle Guest, director of CommuniTea Spaces CIC is well underway with making her vision a reality and is keen for Caffeina to offer a gluten-free and reduced sugar friendly menu, which will include a range of cakes, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and homemade soup.
Penny McGinty, assistant director of corporate contracts and assets said: “We are delighted to work with CommuniTea Spaces to get this much loved community asset back up and running.
“The café has been extremely popular over the years and we fully support Michelle’s ideas, which focus on the needs of the local community.”
The group will encourage new visitors to the park, while also rewarding loyal and eco-friendly customers with a coffee rewards scheme and a price discount for cyclists, which is in line with the council’s ‘live well’ initiative.
Michelle says that Caffeina will not take on the ever growing ‘tea-room’ theme but will instead have a modern twist with contemporary colours and wood to keep in line with the feel of the park.
Michelle Guest said: “We’re all working extremely hard so that we can open in time for Easter weekend. Our ambition is to hold an egg hunt on Easter Sunday, so it’s all systems go for the next few weeks!
“We have painted the exterior of the café and are in the process of designing our menu. We’re all really excited to open and bring homemade food, snacks and treats to park goers and families.
“There is so much we want to achieve over time, including developing the Incredible Edible project within the park but for now, we’re focusing our efforts on getting our doors open!
“We would like to say thank you to the council for giving us this opportunity and look forward to seeing it develop.”
All volunteers involved with CommuniTea Spaces CIC have undergone the council’s autism awareness training and Michelle will be arranging dementia training in the coming weeks to ensure the café is truly inclusive.
CommuniTea Spaces CIC will provide updates on the project through their Facebook page, Caffeina Cafe (external link).
Posted on Wednesday 14th March 2018