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New community cafe in Hamworthy opened in memory of owner’s mother
A NEW community cafe was full to the brim with customers when it was officially opened in Hamworthy, Poole.
The Snack Box, adjoining the Blandford Road post office, was opened in memory of the owner’s mother and coincided with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Businesswoman Michelle Belcher, who owns and runs the adjoining post office and Gift Box, ran the Race for Life after her mother Joan Cachia, who had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, died in April 2012 at the age of 76.
“I held a Macmillan coffee morning in the post office, I just borrowed tables and chairs and everyone brought cakes and we raised £500,” she said.
Residents enjoyed it so much that they were keen for her to hold a similar event every month.
“And from that came the idea to build the beach hut-themed cafe, using money left by her mother and father Marius, who died of kidney cancer 11 years ago.
“People come into the post office and speak to me and don’t necessarily speak to anyone else,” she said.
She saw this as a great way of getting lonely people together to forge friendships over coffee and cake, lunches and cream teas.
“I think everyone who lives in Hamworthy is more than pleased to have something happening, something new,” she added.
Husband Wayne, a builder, constructed the new cafe and refurbished the post office. A member of the RNLI crew, his colleagues attended the opening and Michelle also has customers from the Royal Marines camp and local businesses.
Poole Mayor Cllr Phil Eades, who officially opened the cafe and enjoyed some Dorset apple cake, said: “The people of Hamworthy should definitely get behind this and support it.”
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