New Community Cafe

Star Volunteers Needed!

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Simple Things Café will offer a hot meal, cup of tea and a child friendly space to catch up with friends.

The not for profit café has no set menu charges. Instead a recommended donation is given, allowing customers to donate more to help fund the project or to pay what they can afford.

Every penny of profit made will be invested into providing free services, affordable meals and activities for people living in the local area, including things like book clubs, cookery lessons, children's cinema and craft sessions.

To make all this happen the project needs volunteers and there are a number of roles available including bakers, supervisors, activity organisers and all round help.

Most importantly volunteers don't need to be Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood style star bakers to apply!

The initiative is the brain child of Debs Hext, 29, from the town who had the idea after her sister became ill and moved in with her for a few weeks, and her three boys and husband joining them to eat most evenings.

Debs said, "I have always wanted my own cafe and had started looking in to opening a family-friendly cafe in Winchcombe. One night after feeding time was over and I finished wondering how so much food could fit in to three small boys, I picked up my new cookbook, 'A Girl Called Jack' and read the introduction. It was a post from her blog and it had me in tears."

"Our boys have been lucky enough to never know what real hunger is and it was that moment I decided I didn't want to charge for my food."

"People often look at Winchcombe and see our beautiful Cotswold heritage and think it's an affluent town. But every town, no matter where it is, has people living there struggling to afford a proper home cooked meal and although I can't afford to feed everyone for free, I hope those in need know that there's somewhere they can go."

For more information about the volunteer roles and to apply please visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07843 699351.