Video: what’s the plan?

We had a good turnout today for our public consultation at St Matthew’s Primary School, and then across the road in the evening at St Matthew’s Church. Thanks to all who came along and asked questions! In this video, Sam Willis explains the idea behind the cafe: Didn’t get along? Don’t worry, you can view…

Our crowdfunder is live!

We’ve drawn up the plans, shown them to as many people as we can, and fine tuned them with loads of your suggestions. You know what comes next – help us make it happen! We’ll need some major funding to refurbish and transform the building, and we’ll be turning to larger fundraisers for that. That…

Have your say on your new cafe

We’d like to invite you to meet the architect for the People’s Park cafe, and share all your thoughts and ideas. St Matthew’s School are kindly hosting us, and we’d love to see you there. Spread the word!

Photos from our Easter consultation

On Easter saturday we were able to welcome dozens of people through the building and our plans for it. Thank you to all those who came along to see for themselves! Information boards were hung up on the side of the building, and David Landau and Konni Deppe talked people through the possibilities. Tours of…

Easter fun day and consultation

Join us on Easter Saturday for a family fun day in People’s Park, 2-4pm. There will be a nature trail, craft activities, games and a pay-what-you-like bouncy castle. The proposed designs for the cafe will be on display, and you’ll be able to walk around the building and see it for yourself. The family fun…

St Matthew’s School assembly

Thanks to St Matthews Primary School for letting us tap the wisdom of your students at our consultation. All sorts of ideas were generated for layouts and menus, and the team were inspired by your enthusiasm and creativity! We want as many people as possible to tell us what they’d like to see in the…

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.