Courtyard cafe courts the community

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A new community café at the Three Horseshoes in Warham was opened officially yesterday by Norfolk County Councillor, Dr Marie Strong and supported by Pub is The Hub’s Terry Stork.

The Three Horseshoes Warham reopened last August after major alterations while still retaining many of the pub’s features, and licensee Fiona Farrow was so pleased with the warm welcome she her husband and staff got that she wanted to give something back to the community.

With inspiration and support from Pub is The Hub’s regional advisor Terry Stork and a £3,000 grant provided by Norfolk County Council, Fiona was able to create a fully accessible café for the community in an old store room located next to the courtyard.

Fiona said: “My mother-in-law was recently widowed, and her local cafe was her lifeline. I wanted to do something similar here and Terry, from Pub is the Hub, was a huge help guiding us through the process. We’ve brightened the place up, got new flooring and lighting, nice heating and a brand new coffee machine, it’s very cosy. I hope young mums, people on their own, teenagers, all come to visit.”

Terry Stork from Pub is The Hub commented: “The main aim of the project is to give villagers, the wider community and tourists, a community café which will act as a meeting place, which in-turn will help combat isolation and loneliness. The Courtyard Café will provide fresh homemade produce plus a full menu of locally sourced products thereby helping the local economy.”

The photograph above features Norfolk County Councillor, Dr Marie Strong about to cut the ribbon to the new cafe watched by Fiona Farrow and Terry Stork