There are some changes afoot at All Hallows’ Cafe. Emma, who was a co-founder of the cafe and has been a fantastic manager for the first two and a bit years is preparing to move to York where her husband is now working so she sadly left us at the beginning of January – she is and will be greatly missed.
We also had a trial period of four months before Christmas where TRJFP network provided us with Nathan as a chef and with other staff to help us open the cafe for more time during the week. This has now come to an end with Nathan visiting Uganda to continue setting up an orphanage and TRJFP network focusing more on their Sharehouse / warehouse / supermarket and their Fuel For Schools project.
This means that we are in the process of looking for a replacement for Emma as manager and that we are more dependent on volunteers for the day to day running of the cafe and sourcing food. This is proving a bit stressful for some of us and we cannot guarantee our normal level of service so I hope that you will have patience with us!
We are also taking these changes as an opportunity to rebrand – we are now Rainbow Junk-tion. We hope that we are a place of promise and of welcoming (the rainbow is a symbol of promise and inclusivity) and a place where all can meet (junction) and share in the abundance of waste food (Junk!)
You can find more about us and the latest news on our new website http://rainbowjunktion.org.uk
We get a mention in the Guardian again this week! You can read about it in George Monbiot’s article “Without the power of kindness, our society will fall apart“
On Monday 7th November
Tuesday 8th November
Thursday 10th November
Friday 11th November
TRJFP@AH Cafe will be CLOSED for essential maintenance work.
However, it will be OPEN as usual, on Friday 11th November for the RAINBOW BISTRO, 7.30pm till 9.30pm.
All this was destined for the bin because our food system is so “wrong”. It is so much more satisfying to feed bellies with food like this than to feed bins!
Starting this Tuesday we will be having introductory sessions of Yoga led by Yogini Lea. Yoga is widely regarded as a way of improving your health including improving flexibility, muscle strength and control, posture, blood flow, boosting your immune system and many other benfits.
Yogini Lea has practiced Yoga since she was 9 years old. She will be leading introductory sessions from 11am to midday (just in time for lunch!) on Tuesdays. This will be on a donation basis with a recommended donation of £2 per person.
Why not give it a try?
If you would like to know more see Lea’s website at https://yoginilea.wordpress.com
Now we are two!
Did anyone notice?
re we so busy that we almost forgot?
It’s our birthday, we have been open for two years rescuing perfectly good food from going to landfill and turning it into delicious meals.
We are helping to feed bellies and not bins!
August continues to be fairly quiet and we had about 30 customers today. We served:
- 17 portions of potato and celery soup
- 6 portions of fruit salad
- 17 portions of chicken chasseur and rice
- 10 portions of vegetable pasta bake
- 1 portion of sausage roll, salad and potato wedges
- 8 portions of bread and butter pudding
- 11 portions of cake
- 2 chocolate doughnuts
We received donations of £57.79 on a #PAYF basis as well as several volunteers working in the kitchen and in the garden.
If you ran an amazing project like TRJFP network and you had a day off, what would you do? Well Adam Smith, founder of TRJFP, had a day off and came and visited us for lunch with his son Josh!
Thank you again for all your support and a reminder that from next week we will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm. We will also be revamping our food boutique so that there will be a much bigger range of food available on a PAYF basis. Also, coming soon, we will be having Bistro events on a Friday evening – watch out for the adverts!
From bath bombs to cushions there’s something from everyone. No experience necessary!
- Tuesday 16th August 11am-1pm: Transform a pillow case into an Eco Shopping Bag
- Thursday 18th August 6pm-8pm: Cushion Making
- Tuesday 23rd August 11am-1pm: Bath bombs
- Thursday 25th August 6pm-8pm: Bunting Making
All workshops will be at All Hallows Church and will cost between £10-£15 (with a 20% off concession price). Book your tickets now. All funds are going towards Tidal‘s summer fundraising drive, aiming to raise £1500 by the end of September.
And, on a Tuesday, if you are feeling a little hungry after your creative burst why not sneak a crafty bite to eat in the cafe?