There are still a few people who have not found their way to the Orbel Cafe on a Wednesday morning. Amazingly this has been running for more than 30 months now and has become an important social facility for the village.
Every Wednesday sees more than 20 people coming along to enjoy the coffee, toasted tea cakes and company. Regulars have stated using it as a way of conducting business and catching up with the news and at last some of the mothers of children at the school have started to come in after dropping off children.
Linda and Valerie, the people who started up the venture are delighted that it has been such a success in so many ways. The village has suffered over recent months with a number of bereavements and people have said how supportive those at the cafe have been during those difficult times.
The cafe was never set up to be a money making concern and the prices are deliberately kept low to ensure that nobody should feel that they can't afford to come. Despite that, Linda and Valerie have been able to make substantial gifts to the Church funds from income and we have also given the takings from two days to the Macmillan Nurses and the Salvation Army Christmas homeless fund. The latter day was boosted by a collection following a Christmas concert and singalong with Valerie and her musical partner from Market Harborough Paul Hamer.
The cafe will be closed over Christmas but will reopen on 10th January.