St Peter’s has long had an excellent reputation as a place where, amongst many other things, you could always sit and have a cup of coffee, tea and choose from a selection of cakes whilst taking in the magnificent space that is St Peter’s.
St Peter’s has more recently played a vital and even more important role – that of a ‘warm space’ for the community across the cold winter months. As part of the national ‘warm spaces’ initiative the doors have been thrown open to all throughout the Winter, reaffirming how spaces such as St Peter’s can play a vital role in supporting the community. In addition, the Board of Trustees recognised the benefits to the community of being able to offer a coffee shop within our building.
The new Cardinal Coffee Shop will be opening in April. When? Date not absolutely decided – yet, but that will follow later with more details of what will be on offer and from where.
This is the first time that the Trust has set up a separate trading operation that is 100% owned by the Charity with all profits going to meet our charitable objectives of maintaining our wonderful church building and providing an active and engaging community hub.
The Cardinal Coffee shop will be open six days a week, Monday through Saturday and offer high quality coffee, teas, cakes, and sweet and savoury snacks at great prices. Special discounts and promotions for new and existing Charitable Trust members will be available. Local suppliers will be used where possible, starting with cakes baked in Marlborough less than a five-minute walk away.
AnnMarie Newbigin, the new Chair at St Peter’s offers the Trust’s perspective. She told Marlborough.news: “This is a really exciting time for St Peter’s. Having welcomed the community in as part of our warm space initiative, the Trust is committed to keeping the doors of our historic building open and providing a variety of ways to engage with both our local residents and visitors. In this approach, we are carrying on the original intentions of the Trust responsible for saving St Peter’s church from being a roundabout in the 1970s!”
With the St Peter’s events team working hand in hand with the Coffee Shop, Sara Jayne Donaldson the new events manager explains how the two can support each other: “My role here is to help raise the funds required to keep the building open now, and for generations to come. A fresh new events programme accompanied by some great coffee in a beautiful setting are perfect reasons to visit the West end of the High Street”.