Volunteers from Ashton Hayes have opened an innovative, new café.

The Pavilion Café is on the Queen Elizabeth ll playing field on the edge of the village with lovely views of the Welsh Hills.

The café is open on Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

The village had nowhere to get together for a chat since the pub closed two years ago, so a solution was sought.

The Pavilion Café is part of the solution. Ashton Hayes has a long history of community action and volunteering so a community café was the next venture.

The café is open to everyone. Those running the café are also hoping that people with dementia or disabilities and their carers will visit.

Jane Colville, chair of the parish council, said: “This is an example of how this community pulls together to enhance the lives of others including those who are isolated and lonely for many reasons.

“The café is a much-needed resource for the people of Ashton Hayes. For too long the Golden Lion pub has remained closed and the enthusiasm which is present for the community café demonstrates the need in a for social hubs to encourage social contact and companionship.”

Hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks will be on offer along with homemade cakes, scones and preserves.

The Pavilion Café has good car parking with seasonal outdoor seating and is situated next to a large playing field that has really fun play equipment, an outside gym for adults and a perimeter path for walking and jogging.