Photo gallery: Mums’ plans to open coffee shop in Norwich park

PUBLISHED: 15:38 13 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:53 13 December 2012

Imogen Lees and Jo Hollett plan to revive the pavilion at Heigham Park in Norwich.
Photo: Bill Smith

Imogen Lees and Jo Hollett plan to revive the pavilion at Heigham Park in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith


Two mums are hoping to breathe new life into an abandoned pavilion at one of the city’s historic parks.

The bowling pavilion at Heigham Park, on the corner of Recreation Road and The Avenues, has stood empty since the park’s two bowls club merged.

Now, Jo Hollett and Imogen Lees, who both live nearby, are hoping to transform the building into a coffee shop and a community meeting place.

They are currently in talks with Norwich City Council about refurbishing it and hope their plans will be brought to fruition by the summer.

Mrs Hollett, 45, who has two daughters aged nine and five, said: “We’ve used the park for years because we both have children and I have a dog and every time I come here, I always think how it would be nice to get a decent cup of coffee, a nice cake or maybe some lunch.

“We’d like it to be a community meeting place. So many people use Heigham Park - parents and kids, dog walkers, exercise classes - it would be brilliant to offer these groups a place to meet that’s actually in the park.”

The park itself dates back to 1924 and was the first to be built under Captain Sandys-Winsch’s leadership after the first world war.

It is believed the pavilion dates back to a similar time.

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1 comment

  • When it fails - please don't bleat on about the cost of business rates - too many coffee shops - they have had their time - think of something new

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