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The Strawberry Line Cafe Project, Yatton


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We want to re-open the waiting room at Yatton Railway Station as a cafe, which will also providing training opportunities for adults with learning difficulties. This presentation describes the project, and how you can help make it happen.

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The Strawberry Line Cafe Project, Yatton

  1. 1. An update, November 2009
  2. 2. What is the Project for? Turning this…. The station buildings on Platform 1 at Yatton Railway Station Into this!
  3. 3. Who’s running it? Strawberry Line Café Project Community Interest Company • 3 directors, working in a voluntary capacity • Close partnership with the Brandon Trust • Any profits are ‘locked in’, to be used for the benefit of the project • This status allows the company to carry out trade
  4. 4. How will it benefit Yatton? • A community café and meeting place, filling a gap in the North of the village • Employment and training opportunities for local people, including those with learning difficulties, referred by the Brandon Trust • An added attraction to the Strawberry Line, in a perfect position at the start of the route • A much-needed facility for railway users, providing refreshments and a comfortable waiting area • Bringing back into use an important and historic building
  5. 5. What stage is the project at? • We need around £180,000 in building costs to restore the Grade II listed building, provide services, and fit it out as a café • We have planning permission and listed building consent • We have agreed a 15 year lease with Network Rail/First Great Western • We have raised almost £87,000 in grants and funds raised or pledged • We have a website, lots of supporters, and pro-bono contributions from many of them
  6. 6. What other funding applications have we made? • Big Lottery Fund: our expression of interest approved, invited to make a full application • SW Regional Development Agency: expression of interest approved, invited to make a full application • Heritage Lottery Fund: waiting to hear if application has been successful • Department of Transport ‘Access for all’ fund: waiting to hear if application is successful (but we need to ‘match fund’ any grant)
  7. 7. How can I help? • Support our fundraising events – these are posted on our website • Pass on the word – tell your friends and family, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our email updates from the website • Help us with fundraising – let us know if you’ve got a suggestion, or can get involved • Donate – you can donate directly on our website, or by cheque • Get in touch and let us know what you think…. • Thanks!
  8. 8. Community Interest Company No. 6735733 Patron – Dr. Liam Fox MP  01934 834282