New cafe nears completion

PUBLISHED: 14:13 07 October 2010 | UPDATED: 14:19 07 October 2010

Yatton waiting room

Yatton waiting room

Strawberry Line cafe

A COMMUNITY venture to turn an old station waiting room into a homely café is nearing completion.

Residents and members of the Strawberry Line Café project have been fund-raising for two years to raise £250,000 to restore the listed building at Yatton railway station.

The scheme was kick-started by the Brandon Trust, which helps people with learning difficulties, and grants were obtained from the South West Regional Development Agency and the Railway Heritage Trust.

The café, which should be open before Christmas, will serve coffee, snacks, all-day breakfasts, homemade cakes and newspapers and will be open in the week from 7am-2pm.

One member of the project team, Anthony Scott, said: “We are in a good location for the commuters but we also aim to be a place that regulars can use.

“At first we will be opening in the week but as the weather improves in spring we want to open at the weekends.

“We also hope to use it as a training place with possible employment opportunities for adults with learning difficulties.”

Last week the drainage, water and electricity supply was fitted and concrete flooring was laid.

A pre-opening event for the Strawberry Line Café will take place at The Railway Inn in Station Road at 7.30pm on November 2.

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