In 2017 the Open Door community centre opened its doors in Gossoms End, and it’s a wonderful place.
Downstairs is the community café, run entirely by volunteers. There’s no charge but donations are welcomed.
The café walls are an exhibition space for local artists, while upstairs there is space for various classes.
Joan Fisher, one of the trustees of The Way Inn Christian Centre Trust charity, which runs the centre, explains: ‘The centre was set up as a safe, welcoming and encouraging space for the whole community. Anyone is welcome, and we want it to be a place for locals to enjoy.’
And they have big plans.
The new website has details of courses and events, which currently include yoga, sushi making and music.
‘We’re in desperate need of fundraising ideas, as well as volunteers to help run the centre,’ said Joan. ‘We’d love to be able to offer more – but we can only do that with more help.’
Currently the centre is open Tuesday-Thursday, 10.30am-4.30pm, and 10.30am-1.30pm on Fridays.