Café society in Gorebridge

GOREBRIDGE: Parish church hall. Official opening of new community caf�
GOREBRIDGE: Parish church hall. Official opening of new community caf�

A new community café has opened its doors in Gorebridge.

The venture at Gorebridge Parish Church Hall seeks to re-establish some community spirit and offer a place where people can meet, chat and catch up on local news.

The venture is being promoted by Mary Webb, from Gorebridge Over-50s Forum, and Eric Johnstone, of Midlothian Voluntary Action.

Mary said: “There are no cafés left in Gorebridge. The places where local folk used to meet for a cuppa and a blether have all closed. Our new café can hopefully become a welcoming place where people can again build the idea of real community spirit in Gorebridge.”

The new venture will be staffed by local volunteers from Gorebridge, mostly from the Over-50s Forum, and will welcome all local residents, young people, older people, mums and children, disabled people and those who may feel isolated at home.

Mary said: “We even hope to get some residents along from the nearby Newbyres local care home. What a difference it might make for an older person who doesn’t have much going on in their week for a bit of connection and a blether and sense of belonging over a cup of tea.”

The café will be open on Thursdays from 9.30am to noon at 100 Hunterfield Road, next to Gorebridge Leisure Centre.

For those interested in getting involved, call Mary on 01875 825323.