Community Cafés

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Community cafés are run by volunteers or community groups and offer reasonably priced (or free) refreshments and a warm welcome to everyone. They are usually held in community spaces like village halls or churches and exist to keep people connected rather than to make a profit.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • community cafés help us to feel connected to each other and to where we live;
  • meeting for a coffee and a chat – even just once in a while – can help prevent loneliness and social isolation;
  • community cafés are run by volunteers – if coffee and chat isn’t your thing, perhaps you can lend a hand instead?

“As a customer, I can arrange to meet with a friend, or take pot luck and chat with others, often picking people who are new and helping to make them feel welcome. It feels great to be able to help people in such an enjoyable way.” (Caroline – a volunteer and regular at the Compass Café in Swavesey)

How to contact

Where to go

Balsham
Cambridge
UK

The Octagon
Bar Hill
Cambridge
UK

Hall Close
Bourn
Cambridge
UK

Hope CIC Community Hub
High Street
Great Cambourne
Cambourne
Cambridge
CB23 6GW UK

Comberton Village Hall
Green End
Comberton
Cambridge
UK

Cottenham Community Centre Coffee Shop
High Street
Cottenham
UK

Gamlingay Eco Hub
Stocks Lane
Gamlingay
Sandy
UK

Gamlingay Baptist Church
Stocks Lane
Gamlingay
Sandy
UK

Cara Coffee
High Street
Great Shelford
Cambridge
UK

Hardwick Community Primary School
Limes Road
Hardwick
Cambridge
UK

Harston Village Hall
High Street
Harston
Cambridge
UK

Landbeach Village Hall and Sports and Social Club
Cambridge
UK

Longstanton Community Cafe
All Saints Church
Longstanton
Rampton Road
Longstanton
Cambridge
UK

Bookmark Cafe
Melbourn Community Hub
High Street
Melbourn
Royston
UK

Milton Community Centre
Coles Road
Milton
Cambridge
UK

Northstowe Interim Community Centre
The Green
Pathfinder Way
Northstowe
Cambridge
UK

Monday Cafe
St Andrews Church
High Street
Oakington
Cambridge
CB24 3AG
UK

Over Community & Conference Centre
The Doles
Over
Cambridge
UK

Sawston Free Church
High Street
Sawston
Cambridge
UK

Bethel Baptist Church
Middle Watch
Swavesey
Cambridge
UK

Toft People's Hall
School Lane
Toft
CB23 2RE

79 High Street
West Wratting
Cambridge CB21 5LU
UK

Willingham Baptist Church
George Street
Willingham
Cambridge
UK

We try to ensure the information on this website is up-to-date, but if you want to check if/when a community café is taking place, click on the weblinks or call the telephone numbers provided below.

Balsham Community Café:

Organised by the Balsham Good Neighbour Scheme, the Café will be held in Balsham Church Institute on Tuesdays 10:00am to 12:00 noon on March 14th, April 18th, May 16th, June 13th, July 18th and in the Mays Avenue Community Hall on Fridays 10:00am to 12:00 noon on March 31st, April, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th 2023. Pop in for free tea and cake! Future dates will be published in the Balsham Review.

Bar Hill Coffee Stop, The Octagon, Bar Hill:

Every Monday morning – more information & times here.

Tuesday Coffee Club, Community Centre, Bourn:

Held every Tuesday morning – more information and times here.

19 The Coffee House, Hope CIC Community Hub, Cambourne:

Open every morning Tuesday to Friday – for more information call 01954 710644.

Comberton Café, Village Hall, Comberton:

Every Tuesday morning – more information & times here.

The Coffee Shop at Cottenham Community Centre:

Open daily (except Sundays) – more information & times here, or call 01954 202109.

Connect Café at Gamlingay EcoHub, Gamlingay:

Every Friday morning – more information & times here.

The Backroom Café, Gamlingay Baptist Church, Gamlingay:

Every Monday – more information & times here.

Cara Coffee, Great Shelford:

Open Tuesday to Friday – more information & times here.

Pippin’s Community Café, Community Room, Hardwick Community Primary School, Hardwick:

Open in the morning of the first Saturday of the month – more information & times here.

Better Brew Fair Trade Community Café in Harston Village Hall, Harston

Open the first Saturday of each month – more information & times here.

Village Coffees, Landbeach Village Hall, Landbeach:

Held on the third Thursday of every month – more information & times here or contact Margaret on 01223 860128.

Longstanton Community Café:

Open every Wednesday 10.00-12.30pm at All Saints Church.

Bookmark Café, Melbourn Hub, Melbourn:

Open Monday to Saturday, 9am till last orders at 4pm. Find out more here.

Milton Community Café, Milton Community Centre, Milton:

Every fourth Tuesday of the month in the afternoon – more information & times here or contact Chris on 01223 440024 AND every first Tuesday of the month 2.30-4.30pm, run by Phoenix Milton.

Northstowe Hub Café

Open every Wednesday 9am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 5pm and every Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Monday Café, St Andrew’s Church, High Street, Oakington:

Open from 9.30am – noon every Monday (except for Bank Holidays).  Tea, coffee, cake and good company for a small contribution.

Over Community Centre Café, Over:

Open Monday to Friday, more information & times here.

Footprints Café, Sawston Free Church, Sawston:

Open Monday to Friday – more information & times here.

Compass Café, at Bethel Baptist Church in Swavesey:

Every Thursday morning – more information & times here or contact Linda (the Parish Clerk in Swavesey) via email.

The Schoolroom Café, The People’s Hall, Toft:

Every Wednesday morning – more information & times here.

Saturday Morning Café, West Wratting Village Hall, West Wratting:

Held on the first Saturday of each month in the morning – more information & times here, or contact Sherry on 01223 290070.

Open Door Coffee Morning, Willingham Baptist Church, Willingham:

Every Wednesday morning – contact Cynthia for more information and times on 01954 202240.

More information

If your village doesn’t have a community café and you think it should (or would like to set one up!), you can contact the Think Communities South Cambridgeshire team for help and advice.

Drinks and snacks are usually very reasonably priced (or free), but it’s worth remembering that some community cafés only take cash and don’t accept credit/debit cards – check websites or call ahead to check.

Volunteering at a community café is free.

 

 

 

 

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