CHILDREN from Embsay Primary School have helped mark the official opening of the village’s community café. The children also helped serve tea, coffee and cake to folk who called for a cuppa. Concern had been expressed at a meeting of The Good Neighbours, chaired by former county and district councillor Shelagh Marshall a few months ago, that there was nowhere for mums and dads to go after dropping off their children at School.

Members of the Methodist Chapel promptly offered the hall on a Monday morning.

The café finally opened in mid September. Among the community groups who have volunteered are The WI, the community library, school PTA, St Mary’s Church and the Fairtrade group.

North Yorkshire County Council offered a start up grant through their Inspire Fund.

“I recall saying when the village hall was opened in 1989 that many people would not know each other if we didn’t have places where people could meet socially,” said Mrs Marshall.

Opening times are 9am to 11.30am on Mondays.