Dobcross coffee morning

A SIMPLE coffee morning served up overwhelming success for one village community as more than 120 residents flocked to the first event.

Dobcross Band and Bowling Club launched its monthly coffee mornings in February to raise funds for the 100-year-old club and organisers were delighted by the turn out.

SUCCESS: Val and her team of helpers
SUCCESS: Val and her team of helpers

But one of the organisers Val Hanson revealed attendance was so great their single coffee machine struggled to keep up with the demands of the peckish visitors.

“We were fine for cakes and everyone was impressed with them – the coffee was the only problem,” she admitted.

“We only had one coffee machine and it couldn’t heat up quickly enough for everyone.

“But I would like to say a huge thank you to Sandy Lane Community Church for lending us the coffee machine as the event couldn’t have gone ahead without it.

“We only expected about half that number of people to turn up and we were absolutely overwhelmed. Everyone was over the moon.

“I’d also like to say thank you to the Swan Inn for giving us another coffee machine and we’re better prepared for next time.”

A team of eight women volunteered to put on the event and scoured shops for teapots and jugs to use, as well as bringing along their own toasters.

They served drinks, cakes, toast, scones, and teacakes at the club’s Platt Lane headquarters, offering a comfortable place for people to relax and chat with friends old and new.

The gathering also let residents discuss what improvements they would like to see to help the club stay open, with questionnaires used to collect ideas.

And the club’s book exchange has joined the mornings’ menu, letting visitors borrow books and return them later, although no more books are needed.DOBX COFFEE 2

With the first event proving such a hit with the community, Val revealed a few exciting additions may be in store for the future.

“I am really pleased with how it went and excited about the next one. It was very rewarding to see it all come together,” she said.

“I’d like to thank everybody for coming as it was really nice to get the community together.

“We’re hoping to have bands playing and leisure bowling in summer on some of the mornings to offer something different.”

The club also hosts film showing and football matches on its big screen, and has a function room available for hire – free for members – by calling 01457 873741.

The coffee shop runs every first Saturday of the month from 10a.m until 12noon, with proceeds going to the club. Anyone wishing to get to the club but unable to walk there can ring Val on 01457 876466 the day before to arrange transport.

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