New community cafe opens for villagers

left to right: Paul Hadden of Cestria Community Housing pictured with Michelle Melvin and Alison Younger from Great Lumley Community Centre.
left to right: Paul Hadden of Cestria Community Housing pictured with Michelle Melvin and Alison Younger from Great Lumley Community Centre.
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A COMMUNITY cafe is to open in a County Durham village.

Residents of Great Lumley raised £5,500 for the cafe in the village’s community centre, which will officially open next month.

The money came from the centre, Cestria Housing and Durham County Council.

Volunteers will run the cafe which is hoped will become a hub for the community.

Alison Younger, of the Great Lumley Community Association, has been on a course in Manchester to learn how to run the new enterprise.

She said: “It was good to meet other groups which are already established and see how they made their cafes so successful.

“We picked up a lot of good ideas which we can use here.”

Alison’s course was paid for by Cestria Housing.

Community engagement officer Paul Hadden said: “We are pleased to be able to present this money and help the centre set up a community cafe.

“We are all looking forward to seeing the positive impact it will have.”