Monday, 16 February 2015

The end of an era - coffee shop to close


Whitwick Community Enterprises are very sad to announce the closure of their coffee shop facility at the end of February. This community facility has been a much loved by the village and a lifeline for many people who have used the café daily in their later years. However the café has always run at a loss, and had to be supported by local donations, grants and subsidised by other projects. This has become unsustainable over the last year – and the trustees have made the reluctant decision to close the current café.
Whitwick Community Enterprises will continue their work with NEET young people, based in the training centre in Coalville. These projects are thriving and thanks to grants for building works from the local authorities that building will be completed very shortly and offer a really good facility for that training.
We will also continue our other community projects in Whitwick, including Party in the Park and Close Knit magazine. We are currently examining ways that we could keep the meals on wheels service and lunch clubs going, and will have that information in the next week or so.
The trustees are very sad to close the café, but the current building and location does not really allow any scope for diversification or expansion to make the project viable. However they are committed to providing a community space for Whitwick, but it needs to be self financing . They are currently working on ideas for a project to provide a community centre, with a new café – and information about this will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone interested in working on this project would be most welcome to get involved – please contact Rhonda.dean@whitwickce.org

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