By Dave Barry
Café culture has arrived at the community centre in Eastfield.
Paula’s Pantry, which opened in September, was established with the help of £1,500 from the locality budget of Cty Cllr Tony Randerson, who represents Eastfield and Osgodby.
Locality budgets allow the 72 county councillors to respond to local needs and requests by recommending funding of up to £5,000 to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.
The funds generated by the café, which is run by volunteers, will be ploughed back into the community centre.
Mick Barnett of the community centre and a volunteer at Paula's Pantry, said: "It is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8am to 2pm. Since we opened on 4 September, it has gone from strength to strength and we are doing a good thing for our community.
“A very big thank you to all concerned, including our seven volunteers who give their time to make us a success”.
Cllr Randerson added: “It was indeed a pleasure to recommend utilising £1,500 of my county council locality budget to help set up a much required community cafe in Eastfield. This has been a resounding success since the doors opened to the residents. It provides a very welcome meeting place in Eastfield, which was sadly lacking before”.