Café Hub Project
Our vision is to create a hub within the church based on the 7 monastic spaces historically provided in places of community: cell (a place for private prayer), chapel (corporate prayer and worship), chapter (a place for meetings), cloister (an opportunity to meet friend and stranger), garden (a place to nurture the environment responsibly, growing food to eat but also respectfully maintaining the churchyard), refectory (a place to eat and drink) and scriptorium (a place of study, exploration and shared learning).
The church will be open daily for individuals to pray or just find a restorative space. Worship will continue as before at Little Bealings Church, with communion services twice a month and Messy Church monthly. The café will provide a place to meet with light refreshments throughout the week and a flexible space, which can be used by groups including Little Bealings Primary School and other formal and informal groups for study, art, music and therapeutic activities. We will also look at how we can utilise and care for the outside space and its environment, including outside seating, parking, and planting.
If you feel called to assist in our project in any way do please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
Revd Celia Cook
Latest news about the Café Hub
August 2016 Update on the Café Hub Project We now have over 15 local volunteers on our committee, with expertise ranging from architecture and heritage projects to performance, nutrition and café management. We are currently finalising initial plans to go to the Diocese to apply for a faculty in the Autumn. If you feel called to assist in our project in any way do please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Revd Celia Cook
February 2016 Update on the Angela Cobbold Hall & Café Hub Project The PCC would like to thank everyone for their ongoing concern and care for All Saint’s Church and the Angela Cobbold Hall. It wants to reassure the community that everything is being done to ensure that the spiritual and social needs of the parish are met for many years to come. We are a small parish, with no central funding. We therefore rely entirely on church collections and grant applications to cover the costs of the church and hall. We are currently running at an annual deficit of £5,000 (with only limited reserves). In addition you will be aware that there are urgent roof repairs to the church in the region of £28,000 and repairs to the hall estimated at between £20-25,000. Our first responsibility has to be to safeguard the church, otherwise both the church and the hall will have to close. Having listened to advice from the Diocese and the personal views of those from the local community at the Open Meeting and through on-going correspondence, we have sadly concluded that without a very generous donation to cover not only the repair of the Hall and the Church, but also their respective upkeep well into the future, we have no choice but to sell the hall. The Cobbold family have confirmed that whilst they have no legal jurisdiction over the hall, they would prefer that the hall be sold and the proceeds used to fund a