Seven years ago, a small group of friends started dreaming. They had established the Friends of Bowling Park, and were wondering how they could make the most of the park, and help to fund local charities.

Seven years later, we are opening The Lodge Café, with the profits slated to fund vital work in our community. Against the odds, we negotiated a Community Asset Transfer for Bowling Park Lodge; raised £400,000 in grants and loans, stopped the Lodge falling down, and then fully refurbished it. It’s been a long road!

There are many people without whom this could never have happened, and today you can join them: every pound you spend here helps fund the work of our charity partners, and makes what was once a dream into a reality.