Sewing group sets out to give Gallery Café a new look

Crowborough Community Centre’s Gallery Café is undergoing a makeover thanks, mainly, to donations of
cash and furniture along with the hard work and generosity of groups who use the centre.

Daisy Sew volunteers (From Left to Right: Lauren Bartlett, Margaret Noble, Kat Pond, Wendy, Phyllis Coleman, Vicki Russell, Jenny Flint, Arabella, Jules Crooks, Tracy, Jo-Anne Dean, Tiffany, Judith Latter-Stapley, Penny, Polly.)

New tablecloths have been bought, chairs have been donated and there are fresh flowers on the tables each day.  This week a group of volunteers led by Sarah Mizon’s Daisy Sew group that uses the centre for sewing workshops, set about making 24 brightly coloured cushions and yards of bunting to brighten up the café area.  A Green Token donation from Waitrose helped to pay for materials and redecorating.

Sarah, who is also running a children’s Easter Workshop on 6th April, said:

It’s a pleasure to help the Community Centre and the Gallery Café.  It’s a brilliant facility and the café serves really lovely meals, cakes, scones and coffee.  It’s a real asset for the whole town as well as the groups using the centre.

The café’s outlook to the adjacent Pine Grove building – soon to be Crowborough’s Enterprise Centre & Community Hub – has been greatly enhanced by the U3A Horticultural Group whose volunteers have planted and now regularly tend the flowerbed between the two buildings.  And on the café’s walls are everchanging works and photographs from art groups and the U3A photography group that meets at the centre.

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) manages the café in an equal joint venture with CCA with the aim of bringing high quality, good value food and beverages to all Community Centre users and visitors.  SCDA, like the CCA, is a charity.

CCA chairman, Chantal Wilson, said:

The philosophy shared by both SCDA and CCA is to provide a community café in a place that brings the community together by providing delicious food at easily affordable prices in pleasant social surroundings.

Our brilliant catering manager and chef, Alistair Tibble, is full of ideas to make the café a lively and interesting place for all age groups.  To mention just a few, he puts on cup cake and pizza-making events for children during the school holidays, regular Fish ‘n Chip Fridays and film-themed candlelit dinners before the monthly Pine Grove Pictures night.

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