Cafe plan will boost shopping in Bourne

Wild Heart Music, Angel Precinct, Bourne. Owner, Simon Burn.'Photo: MSMP060313-004ow
Wild Heart Music, Angel Precinct, Bourne. Owner, Simon Burn.'Photo: MSMP060313-004ow
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A husband and wife are hoping to invigorate part of Bourne’s shopping district by opening a new cafe with a musical twist.

Sally and Simon Burn, who have lived in Bourne for 12 years, have entered a planning application with South Kevesten District Council to open a cafe attached to Wild at Heart Music shop which they opened in The Angel Precinct, off North Street, in March this year.

The cafe would open into the music shop and revolve around a musical theme with instruments like ukuleles on the table available to play on.

Simon said: “The proposal offers nothing but good things for Bourne and particularly the Angel precinct.

“There are some really interesting shops in the arcade and if we can bring some more people in that has to be a good thing and should benefit the other retailers as well.”

Simon said he feels they can add something to Bourne, bringing together the musical community with bands and music teachers able to advertise on notice boards.

His wife Sally said: “We want the shop and cafe to be community venture, a place where musicians can come and gather.

“This will be a completely different thing for the people of Bourne.

“We feel to keep a shop presence in the high street is important to the whole community.”

The couple have already agreed to take on the lease of the neighbouring shop and are applying for a change in use of the building.

The cafe area would be split to provide about 20 covers and a small kitchen and serving area will be created.

The original archway between the buildings would be reopened to provide access from cafe to music shop.

Sally, who has experience in hotel management and Simon who worked in the food industry for Bakkavor, said the music and coffee shop will be the realisation of a personal dream.

Sally said: “It has been a long time in the coming. We have been talking about doing this for about 20 years.

“The music shop has been very well received by the people in Bourne and we hope this will be as well.”

Music shop is an independent family run business but if the cafe is successful the couple hope it could also be a source of jobs for people in the town.

If their application is successful they hope to be up and running by the end of June.