Well, spring has defiantly sprung and, during the first part of the Easter holidays, brought you all out in droves. We have had lots of new visitors to the café – some from as far afield as Tilehurst! As you know, everybody is welcome here and we just love making new friends.
It's so hard to know what stories to share sometimes. I think it was Fiona who said to me the other day how glad she was to read the magazine, especially when she's been unable to get in – she somehow still feels connected. What a lovely thing to say. Thank you all so much for your kind words – I get a bit embarrassed, but am glad that I can share these things and put a smile on your faces at the same time.
Just in case you don't know, Anna, a friend from Caf’Active, along with some other volunteers and Revd Paul Willis have started a children's club on a Friday evening in Shinfield parish hall. William, my son, goes and he really loves it. I'm sure if your child is interested in going, they would be happy to welcome you. It sounds like lots of activities and fun. Call the benefice office for details, or check the magazine and, failing all that, come and collect a leaflet from the cafe and have a little something at the same time.
Regular customer, Richard, wore his St Patrick’s day hat with pride for a couple of days after St Patrick’s day. He's so good, coming along every day without fail and offering positive words – he's even started putting the signs out, if we haven't quite got there yet!
The Easter Fayre was a huge success. Sue Butler and the team had all hands on deck in the build up. How lovely the church looked, full of colour, chicks and chocolate. The Crafty Bs came up trumps again making nearly 40 little chicks and filling them with cream eggs. Thank you, you lovely lot! Don't forget, every other Wednesday morning from 10.00am –12ish, bring along something you are working on or have a question about and one of the group is bound to be able to help.
Thanks to all the cafe volunteers who helped out on the day either in the cafe or on a stall. Without people offering to help, events like the Easter Fayre can't happen. If volunteering at events is something that you might be interested in, please call in and let me know. We can have a help list.
We had to close the cafe a couple of times this month and do apologise for this. It does sometimes happen without any notice, because I hope I can get cover…and then can't. So, if you have ever turned up and there is a note on the door, we’re sorry for the disappointment and thank you for your understanding.
I'm cutting this article short this month – to be honest, it's a little difficult to focus with so much going on and we all know what that's like! So, thank you for all your support and the friendships that continue to grow and blossom amongst people of our community.
By the way, I did ask permission to take this picture of Bunny and the baby, but I can't remember whose baby it is?? Competition time...If you recognise this beautiful baby, please come in and remind me who it is. The prize for the first one in is a drink on the house!
See you soon for a catch-up and a cuppa…or to welcome you for the first time. Look after each other.
Debbie and all the cafe volunteers x