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Councillors help pay for community group revamp

Image of Coffee Pot Plus launch event

Coffee Pot Plus in Meads invited local councillors to its re-launched weekly coffee morning to say thank you for helping to fund improvements.

Meads ward councillors Barry Taylor, Robert Smart and Kathy Ballard approved a £1,050 grant from the devolved budget, money which is set aside for community projects.

The popular group was formerly known as Coffee Pot until the organisers retired. The new team decided to build on the already excellent foundations and asked for devolved budget money to pay for new shelving - which was upcycled from the pews in St John’s Church - tables, games and toys, so that children can also join in.

Councillor Smart said: “Coffee Pot Plus is a real hub for the community. It’s been going for 30 years now and we were delighted to have contributed in a small way to this extraordinary project.” 

Coffee Pot Plus is at St John’s Parish Hall in Meads Street and runs from 10am until 1.30pm every Friday. Entry is free and lunch, which costs just £2.50, needs to be booked by 11am on the day. 

Organiser, Margaret Kowszun, said: “We’re very grateful to the councillors for the donation as it enabled us to purchase the bookshelves, tables and other items. We’ve branched out and can now offer lunch, daily newspapers, books and a children’s play area. People of all ages are welcome to come and join us.” 

If you would like to apply for funding from the devolved budget, contact your local ward councillor.

Published 25 September 2018