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A new community cafe, open to all, in Gorebridge.

The venture, a joint idea between Mary Webb from Gorebridge over 50’s Forum and Eric Johnstone of Midlothian Voluntary Action, seeks to re-establish some of the great community spirit of Gorebridge and offer a welcoming place where people can meet, chat, catch up on local news and feel welcome.

“There were no cafes left in Gorebridge”, said Mary Webb, “the places where local folk used to meet for a cuppa and a blether have all closed. Our new cafe can hopefully become a welcoming place where people can again build the idea of real community spirit in Gorebridge”. The café is staffed by local volunteers from Gorebridge, mostly from Mary’s Over 50’s forum, and welcomes all local residents. “We aim to be fully inclusive", said Mary, “welcoming young people, older people, mums and children, disabled people and those who may feel isolated at home.  We even hope to get some residents along from the nearby Newbyres local care home....What a difference it makes for an older person, who doesn’t have much going on in their week, for a bit of connection, a blether and sense of belonging over a cup of tea".

The cafe is open Fridays 10am till 12 noon at Gorebridge Parish Church Hall, 100 Hunterfield Road,  next to Gorebridge Leisure Centre. All welcome.

If you want to get involved in any way call Mary Webb on 01875 825 323


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