Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire and Secretary of State for Education, opened the new Café 1759 on Friday 13 April. Not just your average coffee shop, Café 1759 will be the hub of Quebec Park in Whitehill and Bordon, one of the country’s ten new ‘Healthy Towns’, and will serve up community events and activities alongside delicious food and drink. The launch itself enjoyed a brilliant turnout, with Hampshire’s Lord-Lieutenant, Nigel Atkinson, and many local councillors and partners attending to show their support.
Damian Hinds MP said: “I was delighted to open Café 1759, which will provide an important centre for the community. Facilities like this, which enable people to meet others and get involved with community activities, can help to make a difference to people’s lives. It’s great to see first hand Radian’s commitment not just to building much-needed new homes for local people, but also providing the facilities that can help build long-lasting communities.”
Councillor Ferris Cowper, East Hants District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: "It is fantastic that Café 1759 is supporting East Hampshire District Council's Healthy New Town programme. The café is very impressive and I'm looking forward to residents being able to see and enjoy it from Saturday."
Café 1759 will be supported by volunteers looking to develop their skills, gain some work experience, or just build social ties and get involved in their local community. The café will also become home to Radian’s catering business which has a great track record of offering practical skills training and employment support to many local people.
Radian’s Group Director of Housing and Customer Services, Ralph Facey, was delighted by the fantastic reception. He said: “This is such a proud moment for Radian and all of our partners who have been involved in bringing this project to life. Café 1759 represents a whole new generation of community-building that has something to appeal to everyone. Because it is not for profit, we can keep prices low and reinvest all the money made back into services that will really benefit people in the local area.”
If you’d like to find out more, or see how you can get involved at Café 1759, please visit www.cafe1759.co.uk.