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Pop up café opens in Rutland church after Larkfleet Homes donation




The Church of St Nicholas in Thistleton is enjoying a new lease of life as a pop-up café, partly thanks to a donation from the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund.

The former parish church is set to continue as the venue for a popular community café offering a range of hot and cold snacks with the help of a donation of £250 from the fund.

A group called the Friends of Thistleton Church was established to save the former parish Church of St Nicholas from closure so that the building could be used for the benefit of the residents of Thistleton and the wider public.

Beverley Hancock (right), treasurer of the Friends of Thistleton Church, with volunteer Margaret Markey serving up on the first Souper Saturday of the year. (9327675)
Beverley Hancock (right), treasurer of the Friends of Thistleton Church, with volunteer Margaret Markey serving up on the first Souper Saturday of the year. (9327675)

Friends treasurer Beverley Hancock said: “Last April we introduced a Saturday morning café serving hot and cold drinks and cakes.

“The café became increasingly successful as the summer progressed, regularly attracting 25 people or more during its two-hour opening time.

“We are extending the menu from cakes to provide soup and snacks. This generous donation from the Larkfleet Community Fund has helped us to do this with the money being used to buy a counter-top cooker, soup maker and crockery.”

The Saturday morning café has created an opportunity for people to come together to help with the social and fundraising activities that are necessary to meet the costs of keeping the church open.

The café has already reopened for the spring and the weekend offerings have been dubbed ‘Souper Saturdays’.

Walkers from two popular routes have been using the café and this is something the Friends wants to develop.

The café raised just over £1,000 in its first season and the Friends wants to increase this amount this year.

It is hoped the community café will eventually cover the basic running costs of keeping the church open - about £2,500.



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