The café was founded in 2005 by Anne Curtis and Jenny Weaving, and they were later joined by Jenny Bone. It was felt that it should be run under the auspices of St John the Baptist Church, particularly as the church room was going to be used for the café. Having visited other church-based cafes and got some ideas of how to run the café, the ladies decided to make the atmosphere as welcoming as possible.
The original team decided to serve tea, coffee, and hot chocolate and we still do. Cakes were, and still are, mainly home-made - we have a regular supply of cakes from villagers.
In September 2006, the team decided to move the café to the Methodist Church, in the middle of the village. It was felt that if it was in a more central location, more people might be encouraged to pop in for a cuppa and a slice or two of cake!
After a few months, Jenny W and Anne felt that it was time to move on, and so Carole Watts and Mel Gulliford, who had been long-standing customers at the original café, volunteered to step on board and become full-time members of the team. Due to personal circumstances, Carole Watts, Mel Gulliford and Jenny Bone have now stepped down from volunteering at the Café.
We celebrate our birthday in May each year, usually with a home-made birthday cake complete with candles.
The café has always made a small profit which now goes back to the Church. We are always grateful to receive offers of home-made cakes, and we are delighted if people volunteer to either help set up or pack away at the end of the morning. We are open every Thursday (come rain, shine, sleet, or snow) from 9am till 12 noon ay Southmoor Village Hall, Draycott Road.
Thanks must go to all the villagers who have supported us over the last 18 years - we really couldn't do it without you! And long may the KBS Café continue!
"We are friends you haven't yet met"
Caroline Ashby (820936)
Ruth Hastings (821386)