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EXCITING: Community organisation in Garston to open new Café

 Published on: 22nd October 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

The founder of a community hub in Garston is excited to announce the opening of their café.

Random Café, a food waste reduction community organisation, found its permanent home at Meriden Gardens last year and the founder, Jane Johnson, is thrilled for the official opening of the café.

The launch will take place on October 30 from 2pm to 5pm and locals are invited to come along.

Speaking to GARSTONnews, Jane said: “We are planning on having refreshments, soup made with products from our garden, a raffle and game stalls on the day. The Meriden Residents’ Association is coming along and giving away pumpkins and toffee apples and it will be the first proper chance for people to see the site and see what we have been doing.

“We’ve invited the Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, and many more people that helped us along the way. We are also inviting the local community to come along as we really want to make it a community event.

“Come and see what we have been doing, take part, this is a community garden and a community café for everybody, and we would love to finally open it up to people.”

Volunteers at Random Café have been busy planting vegetables for the past few months. Jane added: “We’ve also been busy growing vegetables and putting them in our shops, we’ve been growing courgettes, kale, melon, cucumbers, broad beans and more.

“We have completely refurbished our large polytunnel so it now has paved areas between the raised beds which means it can either have little tables and chairs in there or it could be accessible to somebody in a wheelchair that would want to do some gardening.”

Jane said she is looking forward to the opening and that everyone’s hard work has finally paid off.

She mentioned: “We’re really excited we’ve been here for a year now trying to get to this point and it’s nerve wrecking as well.

“It’s coming together nicely the volunteers have worked so hard, we have a fantastic team of volunteers, and the team is growing, other people have popped along and said they would like to help.

“We are always looking for volunteers, to help in the coffee shop as well. Come along and get involved.”

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