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Slideshow: Wetherby community cafe

Volunteer Kay Whitelan, Manager Christine Hardman, volunteer Christine Pentelow and Assistant Manager Jane Weldon.   (140108M2h)

Volunteer Kay Whitelan, Manager Christine Hardman, volunteer Christine Pentelow and Assistant Manager Jane Weldon. (140108M2h)

A group which supports the over sixties celebrated the first anniversary of its community cafe.

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) held a party for clients, volunteers and staff at Boston Spa Village Hall last week to mark 12 months of the WiSE Owl Cafe for the community.

Free cake was provided to thank customers for their support and a chocolate hamper was donated from Sweet Temptations in Wetherby, was raffled.

Many visitors also entered a WiSE quiz and the winner received a bottle of Bucks Fizz.

A spokesman said: “There was a lovely atmosphere; the café was buzzing with friends old and new.

“Regular visitors from a cycling club, along with a local group of mums and tots, also joined in the fun.”

Christine Hardman, who runs the Café said: “The Café is a focal point for the community, where people regularly meet for a coffee and a chat, or to attend various WiSE activities held here.

“Our team of over 40 volunteers is all from the local community.

“They give freely of their time and energy baking, serving and chatting to our customers, which all adds to the success of this unique Community Café.”

Initially set up to provide a warm and welcoming place for the over 60s and their friends to meet, eat and socialise, the Café has gone from strength to strength in its

bid to reduce social isolation and loneliness for the

elderly.

During the course of the year a programme of activities has been introduced to include Zumba Gold exercise classes, knitting and poetry groups, music afternoons and monthly information and advice drop-in sessions.

Many regular visitors attend the activities on offer, while others are purely happy to socialise in the café and make new friends.

As a thank you for visiting, the café also runs a loyalty scheme where customers are awarded with a WiSE Owl stamp every time they purchase a drink. Once eight stamps are collected the ninth drink is free.

The café’s winter opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am-3.30pm.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the café or would like to find out more about the services provided by WiSE can phone Neil Bellamy, project manager on 01937 588994, email info@w-ise.org.uk or visit www.w-ise.org.ukwww.w-ise.org.uk

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