New community cafe opens – St James House Community Cafe, St James House, High Street Brighton

A new Community Cafe has opened its doors on the fringes of Kemp Town, Brighton in September 2011.

St James House Community Cafe, (St James House, High Street, Brighton dial 130 & press call) was the idea of Kevin Whitaker who is resident of St James House and with his friend Sam Parsons decided to add to St James House Cyberden which officially re-opened on the 7th August 2011.

The Cyberden was the brainchild of the late Nick Chew who wanted local people to have easy access to the internet but with his passing the Cyberden floundered for a while until it was rescued by Kevin and the new St James House Committee members.

And from the Cyberden came forth the idea of a Community Cafe which is now open Monday to Saturday from 1000 hours until 1800 hours.

In the beginning the cafe only served tea and coffee but now it has a steadily growing menu with a variety of beverages on offer, delicious bacon, cheese, ham rolls along with competitively priced snacks such as crisps and chocolate.

And as off Friday 14th October 2011, the Cafe will be serving soup and a roll for the princely sum of £1.00.

In fact in December the Community Cafe will be having a Christmas Day Buffet for those residents in the building who are on their own. There will be the usual hot and cold beverages, homemade soup (turkey of course!), a cold buffet and some spicy mulled wine on offer.

The Cafe has so far been a real success with residents dropping in most days for a cuppa and a chat.

Kevin and Sam along with John a young resident who lives in St James House have put in many hours of work to ensure that the cafe does well and is accessible for everyone, not just those who reside in St James House. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy what is on offer.

“We want the cafe to bring people together” said Sam Parsons who helps out in both the cafe and Cyberden, “Some of the residents in the building have told us that they don’t feel so isolated now they can come down to the cafe and have a cuppa and a chat, it’s hard work but well worth it.”

The Cafe has just become a member of Scores on the Doors which is a Council run scheme that gives ratings to local food outlets and all volunteers who work in the Cafe will be required to or already have a Food and Hygiene certificate.

If you live in social housing (Council and Housing Association) then you can become a Cyberden member and have access to the internet at a reasonable price as well being able to come into the Community Cafe and enjoy one of the meal deals on offer.

Go to for further information for both the Cyberden and the Community Cafe.

Photograph of Community Cafe & Kevin Whitaker & Sam Parsons taken by Suchi CHATTERJEE – Freelance Writer

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