Bardney Christian Community Trust (BCCT) started the process of renovating a derelict shop premise in Bardney in late 2014 with the intent of converting it into a barista style, non-profit, volunteer staffed, coffee shop. The Open Door opened on 8th August 2016. A grant was applied to support the purchase of a range of white goods, small electrical items plus funding to improve the outside space that will provide a pram/ pushchair park and outside seating.
Initially the coffee shop is open for 3 days a week with additional evening activities being planned in whenever possible as well as being available for community use on alternate business days. Evening activities are administered by the Trust and charged at cost, examples include wreath making at Christmas, scarf making and knitting clubs. The Mother’s Union booked The Open Door for their 140th anniversary meet and greet.
When the weather improves work can start on the outside area creating more space for customers to enjoy.
Funding Year 2016 -17
Grant Awarded £8000
“Open Door is continuing to be a meeting place in the village not only that but a much needed comfort and social space for those who otherwise would have no where else to go”. Shona Ambrose Manager
The coffee shop is beginning to increase its regular client base ranging from babies to 90 year olds, people who feel isolated and lonely wanting company to groups of mums meeting for a catch up, not to mention the great coffee. The community continues to use the space for a variety of events, more recently live music nights and a local councillor meeting.
The coffee shop has recently created a volunteer position for a resident from a local care home who just loves to clean. This has helped to integrate him into the community, providing a focus and he has quickly become part of our little team of 14+ volunteers.
Currently Open Door is in the process of registering with the volunteer centre services which will hopefully lead to more volunteers with a long term view to extending opening hours.
“It’s fabulous to see the Community Cafe open, and even better to see so many people enjoying the quality menu in warm and pleasant surroundings!” Councillor Ian Fleetwood.