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Volunteer-run Badingham Shop & Café celebrates £5,000 Working Together Awards Fund with customers and suppliers | Latest Suffolk and Essex News

PUBLISHED: 17:59 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 25 May 2017

Tanya Newton, left, of Badingham Enterprise receives the £5,000 cheque from Suffolk Community Foundation grants manager Andrea Pittock while villagers show their appreciation. Picture: NICK WOODHEAD


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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

Badingham Shop Café, which celebrates its first anniversary this month and is planning to expand with a garden dining space, received the Working Together Awards Fund today.

The money was handed over by officials from Suffolk County Council (SCC) and Suffolk Community Foundation at a presentation at the shop.

Volunteers, customers and suppliers celebrated the occasion with complimentary refreshments.

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.”

Enjoying a drink at the Badingham Shop Cafe. Left to right John Perry, Linda McQuade, Ray Probert, Gillian Upton, Joyce Probert and Rob Gildon. Picture: NICK WOODHEAD

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.

The shop and café opened in May last year and went on to win SCC’s Chairman’s Award from Susan Harvey for 2016.

Cake baker Helen Oldham of Badingham Shop Cafe serves up a slice helped by Terri James. Picture: NICK WOODHEAD

The café, in the ground floor of a converted small black barn, is open from 11am-1pm Monday to Friday and from 3-5pm on the first Sunday of each month.

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.

As a Community Interest Company, all profits are reinvested in the village.

The new garden extension will provide additional seating outdoors as well as space for volunteers to grow their own herbs and fruit.

Badingham Shop Cafe co-cordinator Tanya Newton with food for the celebration. Picture: NICK WOODHEAD

The Working Together Fund is an awards programme open to Suffolk’s voluntary and community organisations.

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.

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