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Ellesmere Port: a community cafe for all

Funded on Spacehive 12 January 2023 Delivered 10 August 2023

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Ellesmere Port: a community cafe for all

Ellesmere Port: a community cafe for all

Caroline Brader By Caroline Brader

The cafe at Theatre Porto in Whitby Park has opened. We have listened to the community and would like to implement some of their suggestions such as outdoor canopies, outdoor heating & more greenery.

Whitby Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 12 Jan 2023!

The cafe at Theatre Porto has been welcomed by the community as a great new asset to Whitby Park. It provides a wonderful space to meet, eat, and be inspired by creativity. It contributes to making Ellesmere Port a great place to live and supports children and families to discover and access high quality art and culture. Much of it free of charge or subsidised so that those who face financial challenges don't miss out. Our community has told us that they would like to see the following additions 1) Outdoor canopies and heating so that dog walkers can be more comfortable and outdoor events/play can take place whatever the weather 2) More greenery - large plants, shrubs etc around the buildings perimeter 3) Our visitors love it when our artists and arts-based resources are available in the cafe to support children to take part in creative play whilst mum/dad/carer enjoy a coffee Our capital budget has run out so we need to raise more money to make these improvements for the community.

What we'll deliver:

  • Purchase and install outdoor canopy
  • Purchase and install outdoor heating (env. friendly option)
  • Purchase 10 large plants/shrubs plus planters
  • Test-run of 10 x 'creative cafe' sessions with an early years focus

Why it's a great idea:

Our project will benefit - all park users, and particularly dog walkers - children and families in Ellesmere port through free access to creative play - Residents close to Whitby Park who have requested more greenery around the venue

Steps to get it done:

  • advice sought from Parks and Gardening team
  • quotes gathered for equipment purchase
  • allocate staff time to purchase and install new equipment
  • plan and advertise the pilot of 'creative cafe' early years sessions


Location Whitby

About the space

Custom Location


Cheshire West and Chester Council

How will the money be spent?Total £4,929

artists time for 10 x creative cafe sessions - £1,200 (24%)
plants shrubs budget - £1,000 (20%)
facilities team staff time x 10 days @90 pd - £900 (18%)
outdoor heaters x 3 - £600 (12%)
planters x 4 - £600 (12%)
canopies x 2 - £300 (6%)
Other - £329 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

artists time for 10 x creative cafe sessions
plants shrubs budget
facilities team staff time x 10 days @90 pd
outdoor heaters x 3
planters x 4
canopies x 2
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees

Total £4,929

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