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GOOD NEWS: Community café finds permanent home in Garston

 Published on: 19th November 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Random Café has finally found its first permanent home at Meriden Gardens in Garston, after looking for a permanent place for the past three years.

The café is a food waste reduction community organisation, they have saved over 50 tonnes of food from landfill.

Unfortunately, the place has been neglected for over a year and the plan now is to build a purpose built multi-use space for the shop and cafe, refit one of the garages into a fully accessible toilet, change the area and renew the garden to become a community garden.  

To achieve this, the owner, Jane Johnson has set up a fundraising page.

Speaking to GarstonNews Jane said: “As a group we are very passionate about the environment’s sustainability, what we are fundraising is to be able to build the building to run as a cafe but also to be able to do things like cooking on a budget courses, teaching children how to grow food, recycling etc..

“Also for social groups, natter groups and to read books  together after the pandemic, because people will want to get together and it’s about making it accessible for all.”

Jane mentioned she hopes people will get excited about the project once they hear about it. 

Having a full time place will also help increase the amount of food saved and feed many more people who really need it as the plan is to keep the premises open for six days.

At the heart of this project it’s the community garden. Volunteers have been working alongside young people from The Prince’s Trust who have done a fantastic job helping to clear the gardens of weeds and rubbish. 

To find out more about the project visit

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