Vandals target Lighthouse Café for second time

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 September 2015

Assistant Manager Tom Barber.

Assistant Manager Tom Barber.


VOLUNTEERS running a café which raises money for charity have been left feeling ‘deflated’ and ‘dejected’ after discovering parasols had been stolen from the patio area and some of the railings damaged.

It is the second time this summer items have been stolen from the outside of the Lighthouse Café in Beach Road.

It is only open during the summer months and will close for the winter today (Friday), although there is some uncertainty over whether the café will open in the same venue next summer.

The café, which has been open for the past five years, raises money for the Lighthouse charity.

Lighthouse runs a number of projects in the town, including English language classes, a choir, couples groups and a foodbank.

But Lighthouse is currently expanding its premises in North Street, and a decision on whether the café will remain in Beach Road has yet to be made, as the lease runs out this year.

Jane Pinnock, who runs the café with her son Tom, said: “About a month ago, some of the bunting was ripped off.

“When we went in on Monday, I looked out of the window and thought something was missing. I realised the parasol bases had gone.

“I just thought ‘that’s not fair’. We are doing all we can to make money for the charity, and we have tried to make it a welcoming and inviting place.

“I was very deflated and dejected because we have all been working hard to raise funds and support people.”

The café is run by volunteers, and some of them have gone on to get qualifications in food hygiene.

Jane said: “I want to say thank you to all the volunteers.

“It has been a bit of a rollercoaster, and we know we may be closing the doors here for the last time.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are investigating the theft and criminal damage, which occurred some time between Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 using the crime reference number 96092/15.

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