Community caf� is to shut down

A CAF� in Weston which is ‘needed by the community’ is closing next month.

The For All Healthy Living Centre on the Bournville estate will be shutting its caf� at the end of September.

The closure comes as management at the Lonsdale Avenue centre is rethinking plans for the caf� and other catering services.

Currently the centre offers teas, coffees, light snacks and hot meals and the management plans to talk to users, residents and staff about its future.

Nigel Lindores, aged 63, who lives in Grasmere Drive on the estate, regularly uses the caf�, and says residents will suffer if the facility is closed.

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He said: “It is needed by the community and it is not often that you will go there and not see anyone using it.

“There are a lot of people who will go and sit down and stay there for the whole day.

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“You wonder how they are going to survive financially, unless they take a better look at it.

“I think it has helped the community come together and I am expecting it to open with better facilities.”

The centre will continue to offer refreshments during the day for people who use the facilities, services and activities – but it is unsure how long the cafe will be closed for.

Chief executive of the For All Healthy Living Company, Mark Graham, said: “We are obviously disappointed about closing the caf�.

“I hope when we have talked to local people, had some advice and had time to think we will come up with something that works for everyone.”

A lunch club which is regularly held at the centre provides a chance for elderly people to meet.

The centre plans to work with the club members to ensure that their needs are met while the caf� is closed.

Anne Riney, chairman of the Bournville Residents’ Association said: “I am more interested in the fact that the elderly people will be catered for - it is a lifeline for a lot of people to have their diner at the centre.

“I think the caf� is needed for the Bournville because it gets people to know each other.”

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