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Rogiet Community Cafe gets a cool boost

A local community café in Rogiet was recently awarded £500 by Monmouthshire Housing Association as part of their commitment to supporting local groups.

Co-founded in September 2015 by Fay Baxter and Ilona Watson with the guidance of Sara Warshawski from Monmouthshire County Council, the Community Café runs alongside the pop-up Post Office at Rogiet Community Centre each Wednesday. The combined efforts of the Post Office with the Café that provides warm snacks, drinks and an irresistable range of cakes and baked goods helps support local people in the Rogiet area.

Fay: “We set up the café as a hub for the local area. Until recently the community is made up of long-time residents who remember the older community based around the train station in its hey-day and newer residents who have no memory of the community here. When the Post Office shop closed we wanted to bring back that focal point for the village.”

MHA was approached by the café as they needed funds for a freezer to allow the group to plan and stock more food stuffs safely as popularity for the café grew. In addition to the regular pop-up café, the group also used profits from the café to fund other seasonal events such as an annual Christmas Tree lighting and carols in Rogiet. The group will be hosting a ‘Kids Café’ on 17 February where children can enjoy child sized treats and play in the café. There’s even a dedicated child-friendly table with small chairs for smaller ones!

Ilona Watson and Sara Warshawski, said,” We’re thrilled with the funding support we’ve received as it means that we’re able to make a small profit that we can then put back into local events.”

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