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Marple's Seed Cafe enjoys grand opening

Marple's Seed Community Cafe, inside the Methodist Church, enjoyed a grand opening by the Mayor and Consort of Stockport Clr Linda Holt and Ken Holt.

The official opening marks the culmination of a vision by Marple Methodist to make the church more accessible to the local community.. After a meeting with ROC (the Redeeming Our Communities organisation), plans were put in place to set up a ROC centre with a cafe at its heart.

Gerard Crawshaw, who helps manage the cafe, said: "The main impetus to establish a cafe came from ROC. After initially only opening on Wednesdays with very limited hours, the cafe now opens Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 12noon. It is now a well-supported community space and people are gradually finding out about the cafe and calling in to support it.''

The Seed cafe opening

Like any cafe, it now supplies popular coffees like cappuccino and latte and foods including hot toasties, paninis and delicious cakes.

Around 30 local volunteers help to run the Seed Community Cafe but more helpers are always welcome as the cafe becomes more established.

The cafe has already hosted various events, often giving part of the proceeds to different groups and charities. It is now a meeting place for a Stockport carers group, has hosted musical events and has been used as a surgery facility by local councillors.

Its ethos is that it is always a place where people are very welcome.

The Rev Margaret Crawshaw from the Methodist Church said: "We are thrilled when people tell us there is a lovely friendly atmosphere here.''

The two cafe managers are Gerard along with Kate Turnbull who run the cafe with the help of volunteers.

One of the forthcoming events at the Seed Community Cafe is on Wednesday December 27 at 12 noon when a local group of handbell ringers will be bringing their own unique sound to the Methodist Church.

The ROC organisation was started in the North West in 2004 and initially started with inter-church meetings across Greater Manchester in conjunction with local police forces. ROC centres are now established in many towns and cities across the whole of the UK.

Its aim is to build safer and kinder communities working together for the sake of future generations. ROC projects are set up in accessible local venues where the public can easily gather together.