With the extension to the Community Centre now completed, people are naturally, and increasingly, asking when the coffee bar is going to open. Work to alter the original small hall and turn it into the café area has been done. A community interest company (CIC), Circles Café Bar, has been set up to run and manage it.
So what’s the problem?
Getting the funding for the coffee bar has not been without obstacles. Money for the physical elements; the building work, the equipment and the coffee machine to name but three elements; has been covered by grants. However, money to cover the initial running costs is proving much harder to pin down.
Over the past few months, the team of volunteers behind Circles Café Bar CIC has been working with North Hertfordshire District Council’s Southern Rural Committee, with strong support from our two District Councillors Cathryn Henry and Sal Jarvis. They have been looking at various options to get some of the cash needed to get the facility up and running as soon as possible.
However, this is unlikely to cover all the monies needed. And this is where the Great Ashby community can help.
Circles Café Bar is looking at using crowd sourcing. This is where a business or project looks to a community to fund it. People pledge money to help ensure that the idea gets off the ground. In return, pledgers get rewards depending on their level of support, such as free cups of coffee, invites to the opening party and for everyone who pledges, the warm feeling that they’ve helped.
Circles Café Bar will be looking at launching this over the next few weeks.
To keep up with what’s happening, keep coming back here and you could also Like the Circles Café Bar Facebook page.
The smell of freshly-made coffee, hot toasted paninis and slices of home-made cake are good incentives to drive things forward and will hopefully be a reality soon.