For a while now there’s been talk on the Bearwood grapevine that Bearwood Chapel's going to be opening a community cafe.
We decided to look on the Chapel’s website and get in contact with Dave from Bearwood Chapel to get the latest update.
Planning permission’s been granted (well done – one of the main struggles overcome!) so 445 Bearwood Road (it’s that building at the top of the chapel drive) is on its way to becoming a coffee shop and community advice centre. What a brillant idea, a community drop-in centre is somewhere Bearwoodians are always going to need.
Dave told welovebearwood that “the aim is to turn the ground floor into a community café which would include internet access facilities -including links to be able to order Christian books and resources. We would also provide advice. That would be partly through having volunteers able to give basic advice and provide contacts for specialised advice where necessary or to refer people to myself or trained counsellors within the church. We'd also aim to have pop up surgeries for specific advice where specialists would come in and be available on a range of issues. The aim is both to provide something for the community (there's been much talk about the need for a "hub" and perhaps this will help) and also much needed additional facilities for the church. We would like it to be a place where people can come to relax, to get help where needed and also to find out about Christian faith.”
You can get regular updates by keeping an eye on the Bearwood Chapel’s website and their Twitter page.