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Community cafe all set to benefit
Buy this photo » Daniel Seabrook, 11, tries his hand at archery at the fun day to raise money for the Monday Cafe
A FUN day raised more than £180 for a community cafe run entirely by volunteers in Penhill last weekend.
Visitors to the Monday Cafe enjoyed the barbecue and table top stalls at the John Moulton Hall on Saturday and helped raise the total to support the weekly community project..
The Monday Cafe was set up six years ago by Dot Pithers, who died following a long illness earlier this year.
Dot was well known around Penhill and the fun day was also a homage to her dedication and initiative.
The project, which was officially opened by the Mayor in April 2009, took off thanks to a £770 grant from phone company O2 and a £380 grant from the Wiltshire And Swindon Community Foundation.
Attractions on the day included a book stall, a teddy bear stall and a raffle and there was also a disco, which ran until the rain called proceedings to a halt at 4pm.
There was also an archery stand, where visitors could have a go at the sport under guidance from an instructor.
Bob Seabrook, who is the cook at the Monday Cafe, was manning the burger van.
He said: “It was really good. The weather wasn’t brilliantbut everybody who came seemed to have a great time.
“A lot of the people who work in the cafe have learning difficulties and part of what the cafe does is support them.
“We can have about 10 volunteers at one time who come in, all from around Penhill.”
The money raised by the day will be ploughed back into the community project, which offers much more to visitors than a morning coffee break, and go towards new equipment, stock and paying the rent of the hall.
“I’m really pleased with the money we raised,” said Bob.
“We weren’t expecting to raise that much so it’s quite good. I think we had a good day, everybody seemed to be pleased and to be enjoying themselves.”
The cafe is 0pen from 9am to noon every Monday and visitors can enjoy a full English breakfast for as little as £2,or £4 for a large version.
Tea costs 60p, coffee £1 and a piece of cake costs 60p.
Bob said: “We try and keep the costs down so more people can come along and make sure they get a hot breakfast at least once a week.”
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