Cafe all set to serve up some treats on Horfield Common

May 29 2015

WHAT was once a disused council-owned space on Horfield Common, has now been transformed into a family-friendly cafe and seating area for locals to enjoy.

WHAT was once a disused council-owned space on Horfield Common, has now been transformed into a family-friendly cafe and seating area for locals to enjoy.

The new 'Café on the Common' is the result of months of hard work by the Friends of Horfield Common (FOHC) group and other volunteers in designing the site and building fences, tables and planters.

Second hand kiosks, tables, umbrellas and coffee machines were all sourced from across the country.

Its opening followed the inaugural sponsored run around the common's new walking/running route designed by FOHC.

Bishopston councillor Tim Malnick, who is involved in FOHC, said: “It’s a wonderful space which visually connects the playground with the bowling club and tennis courts and will draw more people in to exploring the Ardagh.

“We’re particularly grateful to the council Parks team who have been extremely supportive of the project and flexible in arranging a temporary lease as well as power and water supply.”

Sam Thomson, chair of FOHC, said: "The Cafe on the Common has been made possible through the efforts of lots of local people who have come along & volunteered their time to turn this previously disused external yard at the Ardagh in to what is now a brilliant new community space on the common.

"Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this possible ... and now that we have got it up and running, please come along and use it."

The café is scheduled to be open on Fridays, weekends and during school holidays (see friendsofhorfieldcommon.com for opening hour updates).

Money raised from the cafe will be reinvested back into Horfield Common to further FOHC's aims to improve the Ardagh building.

Date for the diary: Friends of Horfield Common are holding their annual summer picnic on Saturday June 28, 12 – 4pm.