SsC - Summer Sunday Cafés

16 Apr 2017
By Barbara Mayall

This is the news you have all been waiting for. The popular summer cafés are set to continue again this year, however, due to the redevelopment work around the new Tomkins Room and the garden areas, our first café will be delayed until June.

We will then be able to make good use of the side garden (weather permitting) for our tables and chairs, so that you can enjoy our delicious cream teas, cakes and drinks outside. As in previous years, the cafés will take place once a month in the Reading Room (opposite St Lawrence Church) where there is plenty of free parking available. Sunday Opening Times are 2.30pm to 5pm.

All of the proceeds from each café will be donated to a local charity, so please make a note of the following dates in your diary and our chosen charities for each month.


June 4th - Wiltshire Air Ambulance - established in March 1990 as a joint venture between the Wiltshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the Wiltshire Constabulary. In January 2015 they started operating a dedicated air ambulance, which costs £3.25m a year, relying almost entirely on public donations to keep flying

July 2nd - Rose Gale Trust - A local Charitable trust who support young people (13 to 25) living locally (Wiltshire, parts of Hampshire & Dorset) by making grants to help them obtain employment, access education/training, work for the benefit of others, as well as providing support in emergency situations.

August 6th - Alabare - provide accommodation for homeless people, care for adults with learning disabilities and day care activities for people on low incomes. Also, information to assist people with disabilities and their carers and, supported employment schemes for some of the most vulnerable.

September 3rd - St John Ambulance - is the nation’s leading first aid charity providing first aid in local communities, keeping people safe at events such as major sporting fixtures, music festivals and public gatherings. Also, working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls.

The Christmas Café will be SATURDAY 9th DECEMBER 11.00am to 2.30pm  Yet to be confirmed – Proceeds towards the purchase of a Defibrillator for the community (to be located at the Reading Room).

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The popular book stall and produce stall will both continue this summer, so we are ready to start accepting contributions of any pre loved novels, children’s books and cookery books. Any seasonal garden or kitchen produce items should be contributed nearer the café date. Use contacts listed below to arrange, or bring items along on the day at the start of the café.

BOOKS – ALIX SMITH at Manor Cottage, Durnford Road, Stratford sub Castle, SP1 3YP. TEL: 01722 324949 e-mail

PRODUCE – KAREN BAXTER at Five Gables, Portway TEL: 01722 416344 e-mail

GENERAL INFORMATION – BARBARA MAYALL at Winter Welkin, Stratford Road TEL: 01722 411337 e-mail