Café culture

The new Avon Reach café

What could be better than sitting back in sumptuous comfort and enjoying afternoon tea or morning coffee with friends and family?

Café culture is proving increasingly popular at Colten Care as we continue our busy refurbishment programme of lounges and other communal areas.

A series of homes have seen improvement work completed in recent months, offering fresh, well-appointed café surroundings for gentle, relaxing social occasions at any time of day.

The newly installed Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Nick Geary, was guest of honour as Avon Reach launched a weekly community café following its latest lounge refurbishment.

After three months of work, the ground floor room has been transformed into a beach-themed café space, with sofas and tables and an outdoor terrace alongside Stanpit, the main route down to Mudeford quay.

Enjoying coffee on the terrace

“We’ve opened up our lovely new café to local people, perhaps friends who know us or just passers-by, every Friday morning,” Home Manager Ruth Wildman said at the launch. “People are welcome to drop in and enjoy teas, coffees and homemade pastries and cakes with us.

“It offers great company for everyone and a fantastic way for our residents to stay connected to the local community. Those who don’t receive many visitors themselves or who don’t go out so much can share in the gentle sociability of a friendly café atmosphere right here in the home.”

In line with Mudeford’s heritage as a fishing village, the café has pictures and cushion designs featuring boats, coral, shells and other marine and maritime elements.

Ruth added: “We’re just a stone’s throw from the quay and, on sunny days, sitting and having a drink at one of the terrace tables is a wonderful way to appreciate the invigorating benefits of the fresh sea air.”

Resident Doreen Priddle, who has lived at Avon Reach for three years and enjoys helping out in the home’s garden, said: “The new café is a beautiful room with clever designs and I think people will love to pop in here.”

Visiting in his first week as Mayor, Cllr Geary said: “This is a great idea. Anything that embraces the community in this way I wholeheartedly support.”

Also attending the first morning was visitor Caroline Vandereele who does voluntary work at Avon Reach. She said: “The café really is an uplifting space. It’s refreshing, clean and spacious.”

The Avon Reach community café is open from 10.30am to 11.30am every Friday morning.

Launch (l-r): Ruth Wildman, Avon Reach Home Manager; The Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Nick Geary; Avon Reach resident Doreen Priddle; and visitor Caroline Vandereele.

DID YOU KNOW? On average, 700 cups of freshly-ground, batch-roasted coffee are enjoyed across our 20 homes every day. That’s 35 cups at each home.

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