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Hobson's Cafe in Hoole celebrates its first birthday

Community cafe is entirely staffed by volunteers

Hobsons Café manager Amy Edwards and Hoole Community Centre manager Paula Norris cutting the birthday cake

Home grown, homemade, delicious courgette cake smothered in creamy icing, bright balloons and a gigantic birthday card were all part of the birthday celebrations on Tuesday (September 20) at Hobson’s Café, Hoole Community Centre.

The Café is staffed by volunteers that specialise in cooking or baking dishes from vegetables and fruit that is either grown in the community garden or donated to the centre. They also serve everyone’s traditional cafe favourites like bacon butties and a good old cup of tea and amazing coffee.

By using donated and home grown ingredients they can serve excellent food at very reasonable prices. Dishes such as chard and feta filo parcels, Moroccan ratatouille with dates and Ras al hanout or carrot and sultana tea loaf are just some of the varied and different delights available each week. Check out the Hoole Community Centre Facebook page for the daily specials.

Initially, the café only opened twice a week but soon expanded to three then four days. Demand is such that it is aiming to open five days a week by the start of October. However, this is dependent on recruiting more volunteers.

Café manager Amy Edwards said: “We have a fantastic group of volunteers, some love to bake, some love the challenge of creating a new recipe from our donated or home grown ingredients whilst others just love meeting, greeting and serving our customers or even washing up! We can provide everyone with a role that they enjoy!”

Hobson’s Café will also be open for drinks and cake as part of the Hoole Street Festival on Sunday, September 25 between 11am and 2pm..

If you would like to know more about Hobson’s Cafe then check out the website: www.hoolecommunitycentre.org.uk or email cafe@hoolecommunitycentre.org.uk or for more information about volunteering contact Sally on volunteer@hoolecoomunitycentre.org.uk or ring us on 01244 342741.

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