New Café opens at the Bideford Community Centre

A new volunteer run café was officially launched at the Bideford Community Centre this August.

‘Betty’s @ M23’ is an American style diner that offers reasonably priced food and a great dining experience that has been developed through a range of funding, from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group support to the Tesco’s bags for Life appeal, where the centre won 2nd place in to help gain £2,000 towards the overall costs.

The new café will be open on every Tuesday and Thursday, and was opened by local Brooklands Councillor Glynn Evans, who even dedicated some vital volunteering hours to help support the team during the refurbishment.

At the official launch, centre users were served with a smile and a fabulous meal by the dedicated volunteers who work in the café, while entertainment came from ‘Loose Change’, a charity fundraising band who were raising money for Cancer Research.

WCHG’s Executive Director of Housing Jacque Allen said “It’s great to see the new café finally open as all the volunteers have worked really hard on this project to help bring in the additional funds needed. The Bideford Community Centre is a really important hub in the community of Wythenshawe and the café will be a really important addition to this”.

Volunteer Coordinator at the Bideford Community Centre Kirsty Taylor said, “None of this could have happened without the sheer grit and determination of the volunteer team here at the centre.  They pooled their skills and talents together to help bring their idea to life and make it become reality! Everything from decorating, joinery and plumbing skills, as well good old fashioned roll your sleeves up were needed to make this happen and I would personally like to thank everyone who has been involved for all their handwork on this project”.