The Community cafe became so popular that to continue, we had to plan to build an extension to the building; this included a kitchen, white furniture and access to a toilet for the disable. both with fittings; the works also include electrical installation, plumbing, floor laying and plastering.The disabled toilet will remain accessible to the community all day and eveeyday. The garden will be landscaped, allowing clientele to ear 'al fresco' and provide a play area for children and toddlers. With this in mind, we propose to increase the faculty for the community, providing more hospitality, social events and to extend our opening cafe days More people of all ages will meet together, develop positive relationships, regardless of politics, colour, ethincity and gender. The lonely, housebound (who are picked up volunteers) isolated and disabled find companioship; toddlers, children, young adults, cyclists, hikers all call in for refreshment and find felllowship without prejudice
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The Sands village, apart from the local pub has no eating places for miles around and no public transport.Many of the community live alone and are extremely lonely - some of them being housebound and quite isolated. The disabled, those without transport are picked up by one of our volunteers enabling them to partake in good food and other social activities. The people that attend have a great social and spirtual benefit in meeting togerther in the context of a safe, welcoming and friendly environment and many friendship circles have been formed that have led to increased activiies and support. Others are from areas of social deprivation and social need, who come to benfit from the natural surroundings of thecountryside, to find fellowship with people without prejudice or pressures of urban life. The positive impact of this building and cafe is having on so many lives, young and old, is incalulable and the social, educational, emotional benefits is all a part this project offers
Steps to get it done:
The Church of the Good Shepherd was built by the community in 1895, as a school and a place of worship.The school closed in 1908 and the Rector adopted the church as the daughter church of St. Laurence, Seale; it is a practical venue for all types of functions for, not only for the Parish, but the wider community. Eight years ago the Parishners decided that the building was not being used to its potential, so The Shepherd's Rest community cafe was opened. Fund raising commenced - unfortunately the building was closed for two years due to Covid and when restrictions were lifted, the planning permission was expiring, so to prevent any extra cost needed, the money saved, we managed to build the waterproof shell. This new project is for the furbishing of the kitchen, toilet for the disabled and a landscape garden in order to re-open the cafe. The community are helping where they can, but materials and certain works have to be paid for which have accelerated beyond belief. .
About the space
The Sands village is a delightful, friendly place which welcomes visitors. at all time. It is surrounded with delightful countryside, lending itself to nature walks.The North Downs, which passses nearby lends itself to a pilgrim trail from Winchester.The village hosts a pub, The Barley Mow, a golf club, The Royal British Legion and The Church.
Guildford Borough Council
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