Charity to run Jill Dando Cafe

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 June 2011

Official re- opening of the Blakehay Theatre and Arts centre, Jill Dando cafe, Nigel and Vanessa  Dando, Mayor and Mayoress cllr and mrs Phil and Wendy Judd, cllr Pauline Priestman(former leader of Weston Town Council), and Malcolm Nicholson (town clerk).

Official re- opening of the Blakehay Theatre and Arts centre, Jill Dando cafe, Nigel and Vanessa Dando, Mayor and Mayoress cllr and mrs Phil and Wendy Judd, cllr Pauline Priestman(former leader of Weston Town Council), and Malcolm Nicholson (town clerk).

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A CHARITY has been given the opportunity to run the new Jill Dando Café at The Blakehay Theatre in Weston.

The Brandon Trust is set to take over running of the facility as a café after the move was agreed by Weston Town Council at a meeting on Monday night.

The charity, which supports adults with learning difficulties across the South West, will now take over at the newly-refurbished café and bar during the daytime on a 12-month contract.

The café, which was officially opened on January 28, has only been able to open as a bar in the evenings due to a lacking of staffing, but starting later this summer, people will be able to get a cup of coffee and lunch throughout the day.

The people the charity supports will staff the café, with a view to preparing them for future employment.

Staffing costs will be covered by the Brandon Trust, while the town council will cover any underlying costs such as electricity. At the end of the 12-month trial contract, a decision will be made about whether the council and the charity will continue running the café on a profit-sharing basis.

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