Llanfair Caereinion’s Community Café marked a year since the initiative was launched with a celebration at their latest meeting.

Celebrating a successful first year of running a community project, volunteers and customers came together to raise a glass to the project on its first anniversary during their meeting on Friday, April 12.

Having run 64 sessions for the community during their first year of operations, the café estimated that they have served 1,300 cups of tea, 600 slices of cake, 120 toasties and 60 bowls of soup.

Ruth Bates, one of the café Leaders, said: “We are really pleased to meet this milestone, which has all been possible thanks to our amazing volunteers and loyal customers.


“We thank everyone for their support and we look forward to building upon our success and continuing to provide a friendly and welcoming space for people of all ages to meet, socialise and enjoy homemade food.”

Marking their achievements over their first year of running the café, volunteers noted that in their first 12 months the café achieved a five-star food hygiene rating.

The café also enhanced wellbeing activities by organising talks and advice sessions, showcased the community’s talents through Christmas crafts, arts exhibitions and carol singing with pupils from Ysgol Bro Caereinion, as well as providing an opportunity for Ysgol Feithrin Llanfair Caereinion to experience a café setting.

Also at the meeting, community café volunteer Anne Homer wrote a poem to mark the anniversary and read it aloud.

She said: “Thank you to our customers, each one both young and old. Without your loyal weekly support, the café would just fold. So here’s to the future, raise a glass and shout out ‘cheers’. Long may the café go on to grow, thanks to our volunteers.”

The café is held in the Institute on a Friday from 12pm until 4pm, serving hot savoury snacks, soup and homemade cakes.

It has also started providing a monthly hot meal deal which have reportedly proven to be a big hit with the community. The next hot meal deal is on Friday, May 3.