Flower-themed cafe launches in seaside village on Friday

Geoff Freeman pictured outside All Saints Parish Hall as he stepped down as parish council chairman.

Geoff Freeman pictured outside All Saints Parish Hall as he stepped down as parish council chairman. As hall chairman he is launching the Forget-Me-Not cafe. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Floral crockery, crisp tablecloths, and vases of flowers await visitors to a village hall cafe launching on Friday.

Final preparations are being made at the Forget-Me-Not cafe which is offering a range of freshly made lunches and treats at All Saints Parish Hall, in Scratby.

It follows the success of the Baptist cafe in nearby Ormesby, prompting hall chairman Geoff Freeman to think a similar venture could go down well there.

He said quality would be the key to success at the cafe which had been fitted out to look the part with new chinaware and careful attention to detail.

The cafe will initially open on Fridays from 10-2pm, with toys and games for children provided.

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He said: 'The people of Scratby if they don't have transport can be somewhat isolated and we saw how well the Baptist cafe was doing, although we are not setting up in competition. It is somewhere everyone can have a cuppa.'

The cafe venture further sealed the hall's position at the heart of the community with a range of user groups spanning art, table-tennis, badminton, and walking football.

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Behind the scenes arrangements were being made for a community cinema using a screen and sound system that was already there, Mr Freeman added.

Going with a national company meant access to a library of up-to-date titles which would probably see a family film being shown on Friday nights and something more suited to an adult audience on Saturdays.

The £600,000 'intelligent' hall marked the fulfilment of a 50 year dream when it was built in 2011.

For more information about the hall or to book call 01493 384475.

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