PUBLISHED: 17:59 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 25 May 2017
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Guests and award winners at the Badingham presentatio. (Left to right) Stephen Watt of Suffolk County Council public health, Badingham Village Shop and Cafe co-ordinators Tanya Newton and Karen Gregory, Andrew Pittock, grants manager of Suffolk Commmunity Foundation and judge Judith Shallow, former High Sheriff of Suffolk. Picture: NICK WOODHEAD
SCC public health officer Stephen Watt told villagers: “This sort of thing is exactly what the initiative is all about – small communities rallying together and making something happen. It really is a terrific effort.”
The community venture grew from the success of a Tuesday Tea Club which had been running for three years. After learning funding was available, village group Enterprise Badingham created a business plan to open the shop and café.
Tanya Newton, who spearheaded the project, said: “The aim was to support local traders and provide a meeting point for villagers, friends and visitors.”
A two week trial in November 2015 proved villagers would use the facility. With funding from Suffolk Coastal councillor Carol Poulter’s Community Enabling Budget, volunteers worked to create a permanent venue.
It serves a range of light meals, cakes and coffees and teas. There is also a selection of art and craftwork along with local produce.
Funded by Suffolk County Council, it is administered by Suffolk Community Foundation with the objective of recognising outstanding service delivery or community activity as a result of increased collaborative working.