Mayor to open Caversham’s latest coffee venue at St John the Baptist


Mayor of Reading Councillor Marian Livingston will be among the first to sample the delights of Lower Caversham’s new café – The 3Cs. Caversham Community Café opens for business on Tuesday, May 6, in St John the Baptist Church, Gosbrook Road.

Richard Purkis, of Lower Caversham Community Partnership, said: “This is a venture run for the community by the community. I hope that the cafe will be well used, well regarded and grow.” The not-for-profit 3Cs café will serve a range of freshly-ground coffees from espressos to cappuccinos, teas, infusions, cakes, biscuits and crisps every Tuesday, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. As custom builds, more days will be added.

3Cs grew out of conversations between Caversham Hall, New Bridge Nursery and St John the Baptist Church, part of the parish of Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham. Together they formed the Lower Caversham Community Partnership and surveys among the people and businesses of Lower Caversham showed the demand for a café in the community. Thanks to grants from Reading Springboard, the Big Lottery Fund and Church House Caversham, St John’s has been suitably adapted, a café counter built and a volunteer manager and staff trained. Equipment and fairtrade coffee and tea were sourced from Reading’s own Kingdom Coffee.

The Revd Jeremy Tear, community priest at St John’s, said: “St John’s is delighted to be hosting the cafe and working in partnership with the nursery and the hall. Do come and visit us – you would very welcome!”


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