Keystone – Abbey Cafe Opens

Mayor Terry Jermy and Leader of Breckland Council William Nunn opening the Abbey Cafe

Mayor Terry Jermy and Leader of Breckland Council William Nunn opening the Abbey Cafe

Keystone Development Trust relaunched the cafe on the Abbey Estate on Wednesday 8th June.

The Abbey Café is currently open Tuesday to Thursday from 9.00am to 2.00pm serving breakfasts, drinks, snacks, hot and cold lunches and is located in the Abbey Neighbourhood Centre on Exeter Way.

Over the past months Keystone has been talking and listening to local residents to find out what  they want in the centre – and reintroducing a café was a main priority.

The café is part of Keystone’s reinvigorated commitment to the Estate. Other activities at the centre are growing with Zumba on Monday mornings, Kickboxing on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Bingo on a Wednesday, Aspire sessions for young people on Wednesday evenings, Young Enterprise on Thursday evenings,  Art Recovery Project on Tuesdays  and sessions delivered by ASD on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Last month, Keystone also relocated its Green Bikes shop to York Way which is now open Tuesday to Thursdays – for new and upcycled bikes and bike repairs.

The opening of the Abbey Café sees an end to a 5 year break since the last café closed on the Estate. It will work closely with other projects running from the centre. For example, on Wednesday 1st June young people from Keystone projects who are working towards their Food Hygiene Qualification through the café will be providing a lunch to a group of older residents ahead of their weekly Bingo session. The re-location is part of Keystone’s plan to reinvest into local communities, providing more and better services to and for local people.  Louise Humphries Keystone’s Chief Executive said “This is another great opportunity for Keystone to reconnect with its local community and offer new and enhanced services that local people want.”

We would like to say a huge thanks to our funders – Breckland District Council for match funding for the capital work; Cynthia Della Hoy’s Croxton Charity who are funding a staff member to get the systems and process in place and Breckland YAB who fund our young people’s activities.