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Cafe BLISS - A centre of community life for Southborough

A brand new community café in Southborough has moved another step closer to opening with the donation of a fitted kitchen from leading social housing maintenance and repairs specialist Mears Group.Café BLISS, the brainchild of the Better Living In Southborough Society, will combine an advice drop-in centre with a community kitchen that will serve healthy food and give cooking training to local residents. Paul Kemp, projects partnership manager at Mears Group said: "We heard about the café from Bliss' chairperson when they first had the idea, and it seemed like such a fantastic idea we were happy to help - it is just the sort of community venture we are trying to get behind."Café BLISS will be equipped with consultation rooms to provide an advice surgery for pressing local issues, and a C-card registration point to provide young people with an alternative to clinics. The lease for the Café has been sponsored by the Town and Country Foundation, and supported by further fundraising initiatives.Elaine Lawrence, chairperson of BLISS, said: "The café will be the focal hub for community life - we have already had so many people asking when it will be open. It will be a café run by the community, for the community.""Mears have been behind the idea ever since I had it around two or three years ago," Elaine added. "The kitchen is a big thing, especially at a café, so without Mears' help it would have been nonexistent - it is very expensive, so we really are very grateful." Café Bliss is located at 142 London Road, Southborough.


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