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A look inside Tea In The Park cafe as it prepares to open in Grimsby

Tea in the Park at the Grant Thorold Library is due to officially open next week after the library underwent an extensive refurbishment.

A look inside Tea In The Park cafe as it prepares to open in Grimsby

The Your Community Hub Community Interest Group took over operation of the Library, alongside the Care4all team who are based there, in order to develop a brand new community hub, equipped with a new cafe, function room, children's play area and small independent business units.

The project was funded through a £274,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and has been led by award-winning entrepreneur Nathan Taylor, who also owns and runs the Gingerbread House at Humberston Library, who is thrilled with the new facility that he is sure will become a much loved community hub in the East Marsh.

While the hub will be officially open from Monday, June 26, it will be open to the public until then, as the staff trial a 'soft opening' to gather local interest, and ensure that any issues will have been properly worked out.

The café actually had its first customers at 8.45am yesterday, shortly after opening it's doors.

The owners are now hoping to replicate the success of the Gingerbread House, offering up the same many that has made it such a popular destination for people of all ages.

Mr Taylor said: "We were successful last year in getting a lottery grant to develop Grant Thorold Library, which is a former North East Lincolnshire Council library, as a result of that we continued with an 18 to 20-week work schedule, that has transformed the library into something that the community can be proud of.

"I am very proud of the work that has been done, and so are the staff, with the library now being a place where people can meet, greet and enjoy themselves.

"We currently have a tea room facility that offers the outstanding Stokes Coffee, scones, paninis, you name it we will supply it, as it is a tea room menu.

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"As part of the development we now have five work pods that run along the side of the building, and we are hoping to put in there a beautician, clothing company, hairdresser or barber and we still have one office pod spare that we are leasing for £20 per day."

He continued: "We also have a function room available where we plan to have baby yoga, baby massage, Spanish, English and math lessons, basically any activities that can fit in the room are welcome.

"On top of all that we still have a full library service with over 20,000 books to choose from, with a free to join database.

"We are looking forward to the future, and working closely with the local community so that we can listen to their desires and hopefully we will be able to supply what they want, and I can't think of a better location as we overlook the park.

The clothing store will be run by No29 Boutique, while the Beautician will be Anna Cowie of Beautiful Treatments by Anna.

Tea in the Park will be open from 8.30am until 4.30pm everyday from this Monday.

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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