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Chestnut Cafe Re-opening

With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions both in the church and for the community in general, it is with great delight that we can announce that the Chestnut Café will reopen on Thursday 2nd September from 10.00am to 1.00pm when once again we look forward to welcoming and serving customers with our range of 8 barista style coffees, a variety of teas and hot chocolate. Scones, pancakes, toasted tea loaf and sweet cakes are on the menu and from about 11.45am, soup and rolls in the winter and sandwiches in the summer are served. Payment is by Donations only and every week the Café more than covers its costs.

For those who may be uncomfortable being inside, with grant aid from North Lanarkshire Council, the café has been able to purchase some outdoor furniture so that when the weather is suitable, our drinks and snacks can be served outdoors in the church grounds. This will also allow more space for social distancing which will remain at 1 metre indoors and face masks will also be required before taking seats indoors. All customers, whether sitting indoors or outdoors will be asked to supply contact details for NHS Scotland Test and Protect. Staff will always wear masks and there will hand sanitising facilities available on arrival and at all tables for your convenience and safety.

For the time being the social and recreational activities from 11.00am to 12.00noon are suspended, but as conditions and restrictions change this will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Watch out for further notices. These activities have ranged from carpet bowls, craft and artwork, flower arranging, carol singing, music and reflection, family history tree and the most popular, Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements classes. All activities are designed to improve the health and well-being of adults and older people in the community.

More volunteers would still be welcome and anyone who would be able to assist should speak to a member of the Team.

Jim Burns, Esther and Ian Hyndman and Marvyn Mackay

The Chestnut Café Team