Ambitious plans for new community cafe run by volunteers in Braunston

The team behind the new community cafe in Braunston
The team behind the new community cafe in Braunston
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Braunston residents may soon be able to have their cake and eat it too with a new community cafe set to open its doors in November.

A small army of volunteers came together to take over the running of Cake Slice cafe on Braunston High Street after it shut its doors earlier this year.

Ingrid Alsop, who has lived in the Braunston for four years, has been helping to get the project up an running. She said there will be space for 24 covers with an offering of coffee, cakes and light lunches, as well as acting as a space where local crafts enthusiasts can showcase their wares.

She said: “We have four pubs in the village but we will be catering for a different market.

“We think the cafe will be popular with tourists who come to the village in the summer, but it will also be a place local people can go to network or if they want some company. It will offer something for everybody.

“Everyone has worked very hard to get this up and running. We have received a lot of support and interest but we still need more volunteers.”

The cafe has received funding from Northamptonshire County Council as well as the Parochial Church Council.

Local businesses have also supported the scheme, with Mark Phethean of Coffee Classics donating an espresso maker.

The space will be available for groups and societies to meet and any profits will be used on other projects in the area.

Cllr Abigail Campbell said: “It’s brilliant that local residents have found a way of re-opening the cafe that closed earlier this year in Braunston.

“Many people are working really hard behind the scenes with the aim of opening the doors later this autumn.

“The building has been used as a cafe for some years now, first as Poppies and then The Cake Slice.

“When it closed, the village just didn’t feel the same.”

“Once it opens again it will quickly become a really important space in the village – for local residents and also for tourists visiting through the summer.

“In the evening it might be used for small-scale meetings and events.”