All wrapped up for Christmas

If you come down to the park this week, you’ll see that we decorated the old changing rooms as part of High Town Advent windows. It’s a collaborative enterprise, with 100 year 1 children at St Matthew’s Primary School adding their messages of hope for Luton, written on little stars. We’re day 21 of the…

Planning permission!

News just in – the People’s Cafe has been granted planning permission. A big thank you to our architect Ana Sutherland, project manager Sam Willis, and the parks department who have helped us to think through the practical implications of running a business in a park. It’s a big milestone for us, and it means…

You did it!

The Concert for People’s Cafe Fundraiser managed to raise (drum roll…) £2773.60! That took us to within just £12.25 of the target. But a couple of donations later, we made it with some to spare. This means we can now take the process through planning, our architect can develop our designs after which we can…

Sell out crowd for the concert for People’s Cafe

The fundraising Concert for People’s Cafe was a big success, with a sell-out crowd enjoying a world food buffet, and performances from a range of local musicians. Guests also bid for a variety of experiences and offers in an auction of promises. Held in St Christopher’s church hall on Saturday the 25th of January, the…

Concert for People’s Cafe

We are going to have a party to raise funds for People’s Cafe, and we’d like you to join! Saturday 25 January, 7pm. Live music, world food buffet and an auction of promises to help raise funds for the People’s Cafe
Where: at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Felix Avenue, Luton, LU2 7LE,

We’re halfway there

Good news – our crowdfunder campaign crossed the magical 50% mark last week. We’ve been bowled over by the generosity of High Towners, and it was great to meet a wide range of people at the High Town Festival and the churches picnic. With half the money still to find, we could really do with…

Architect appointed

We’re delighted to be able to announce that Ana Sutherland RIBA has been appointed to the project. Her enthusiasm for the idea and experience on similar buildings makes her perfect for the role, and we look forward to seeing the proposals take shape. See Francisco Sutherland Architects for more.

Council of reference meets for the first time

Council of reference – that sounds serious, doesn’t it? We weren’t sure what to call it, but basically this is a group of people representing a wide variety of communities and interests in High Town. They are helping to advise on the project, ask difficult questions, and lend their expertise. Many of them live within…

Your Say Your Way funding

In September 2018 we were awarded £1,250 from the High Town Your Say Your Way council funding voted for by local people. We received the second highest vote portion. These funds have been used for the pre-application and the remainder will go towards architect fees for the first phase of the development.

Community Interest Company formed

n May 2018 a Community Interest Company (People’s Park Cafe) was formed by four local residents surrounded by a wider steering committee to take over the pavilion in order to turn it into a vibrant and viable community cafe.