STAFF and volunteers at a community cafe have been handed a gold-plated five star rating in Ashfield District Council’s latest ‘scores on the doors’ inspection.
The All Saints Community Café, on Common Road, got top marks for food hygiene in last month’s inspection, providing a welcome boost to the volunteers who run it.
Centre manager Dave Mills said: “It is a really positive thing. The building has been a real blessing for the community and it’s very widely used.”
The café, which has been open for five years and is located behind All Saints Church, was praised for its high levels of cleanliness and good administrative practices.
Dave added: “I said to the inspector that I was surprised we had got five stars and she said, ‘why?’ I said that we feel like amateurs when, in fact, she thought that we did very well and she was keen to tell (volunteer café supervisor) Maureen Walker.
“She was particularly pleased with certain things like our paperwork.”
Dave says that volunteers at the café work hard to ensure that there is a range of activities on offer for different sectors of the community.
He said: “There is a lunch club for the over-60s and a baby café. We have health visitors who do a baby clinic.
“People can come and get a free drink and it is somewhere to meet other mums and dads.”
The centre, which is home to Sure Start, also boasts a soft play area and is manned by 13 volunteers who are aged between 22 and 70.
The café is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during term time between 9am and 1.30pm. For more details visit www.allsaintshuthwaite.co.uk.
Pictured at the All Saints Community Café are Chairman of All Saints Centre Trustees The Rev Charlie Maiden, Volunteer Café Supervisor Maureen Walker, Café Volunteer John Walker and Centre Manager Dave Mills.