Pavillion cafe reopens after two year break

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AFTER being closed for the past two years, the cafe in the pavilion of Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge has reopened.

Now called the “Park Life Cafe” it is being run by Kim Blackburn and Charlie Carr, two youth and community workers.

The cafe will also provide a much needed social hub on the park, providing free Wi-Fi.

“We want to provide a good service to the various groups of park users and visitors and become a core amenity,” said Kim. “We’re committed to Hebden Bridge as a Fairtrade town so our products are fair-trade, local and organic wherever possible.”

We’re also very excited about the ice cream hatch, from which we sell twenty two delicious flavours of ice cream and traditional kulfi!’ added Charlie.

Park Life Cafe will be providing a varied home-baked menu with seasonal variations, vegetarian alternatives, a breakfast sandwich menu, plus hot and cold drinks.

They will also sell a small selection of leisure equipment and skate/BMX/scooter spares, as well as being family and dog friendly,” added Kim. “We hope to be able to support and help with the various park events and will post regular updates on our facebook page:

The new venture is supported by the friends of Calder Holmes Park. Chairperson, Lesley Jones, said: ”The reopening of the cafe is an important step forward and adds to the attractions of the playground and the skatepark. We are developing plans to refurbish the area in between. The next step is to make sure that the public toilets are working properly”.

Local ward councillor Janet Battye said: “It’s been a hard task to get this all done so Kim and Charlie have my admiration. The coffee is great, and so is the ice cream.”