Normally open: 10am - 12noon
Tuesday - Thursday
for tier 4 and national lockdown
Welcome to Café Mosaic!
The Café reopened again on Tuesday 8 December at 10.00am - 12 noon. We will postpone the extended lunch opening until we are able to accommodate tables from mixed households.
As I am sure you will understand, things are quite different now we have returned and we wanted to take this opportunity to explain some of the changes we have put in place to protect our staff, volunteers and customers. In addition to these measures, Claire, Tina and Nancy have undertaken a course regarding COVID 19 in a hospitality setting.
- The Café is limited to 25 customers at any one time, depending on tables.
- There are less tables and chairs and they are positioned to enable a distance of 2 metres between tables.
- Only one household is permitted at each table. We appreciate how much you would love to talk to others whilst in the café, but sadly this is not allowed, as Tier 2 restrictions mean that people are not allow to interact with people from other households whilst inside.
- There is a one way system for entry and exit (except for those with mobility issues). The entrance is via the Peach Place doors and exit via the back garden.
- Everyone is required to use the hand sanitiser on entry to the building and on exit and to wear a mask whilst not seated.
- We are required to take contact details for every customer which we will retain for 3 weeks. If we do not have this information, we will refuse entry.
- You will be directed to a suitable table by a member of staff and the café is strictly table service only (except takeaways).
- Card payments are the preferred method of payment although cash is still acceptable.
- Staff and volunteers will be wearing visors and/or masks and plastic aprons.
- Only one person is permitted in the ladies and gents toilets at any one time.
- Everyone is to adhere to social distancing at all times.
- There is strictly no admittance to the kitchen or any other part of the building.
- ‘Touch points’ such as buttons, hand rails, flushes and taps are cleaned throughout the morning and each table and chairs will be cleaned once vacated.
Thank you so much for your patience while we have been considering these measures and putting them in place. Although things will look and feel different, we have no doubt that these measures will keep everyone safe and not affect the friendly welcome you will find when you join us.
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The Church Café was renovated in the summer of 2018 in preparation for the opening of the newly built Peach Place right outside our doors.
Café Mosaic has been named after the beautiful mosaic fish sculpture on the side of the Bradbury Centre.
Mosaics also represent what our Church and the Café mean to many people. A collection of people gathered to make a fantastic 'whole' and volunteers from many different backgrounds help us to provide a warm, friendly welcome.
Tina, Claire and the team would love to welcome you.
Wherever you're from
Wherever you're going
You're welcome here
Manager: Tina Randall firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Coffee Mornings
From 2007 until 2017 we held a Charity Coffee Morning on the first Thursday of each month, on the Farmers' Market day - these mornings raised the profile and created fund-raising opportunities for local charities.
For 2018 and onwards however the format of our Charity Mornings changed.
Instead of visits from local charities, or the local supporters of national charities, we are supporting the bigger national campaigns where the charities are able to provide publicity. There will be no stalls, but we will have regular opportunities to support these campaigns by buying coffee and cake – what could be better! Claire and Tina will be looking for support during these 'new style' Charity Mornings, and we hope, with your support, to raise significant sums to donate to these good causes. Monthly dates were planned for 2020 and will be reviewed when the Café re-opens.
On these mornings all monies will be donated to the charity - donations of cake always welcome.
Thank you to everyone who donated and supported our Coffee Morning for Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue on Friday 14th February. We raised £100!
Annual Report (February 2020)
Café Mosaic has continued to go from strength to strength and has shown good growth in the last 12 months due to the introduction of many new community groups. These include:
This new group was introduced following the closure of the long standing Nursery last year, to offer a space for mums, child minders and grandparents alike. It allows free safe play for young children and social interaction for the mums and carers. It has continued to grow in popularity since its introduction and it has increased Café Mosaic’s revenue with the second hatch open to the café kitchen offering organic snacks and light bites. It is currently open Tuesdays and Fridays and we are hoping to extend this popular event to other days in the near future.
This group meets once a month in Café Mosaic and is NHS led. It provides support for people who have Parkinson’s and their carers and is very well attended by approximately 25 people. It is a valuable service for those who attend in a friendly, relaxed café environment.
These groups have only recently started to meet in Café Mosaic once a month, and they have remarked that they love the space and friendly service from staff and volunteers.
This is a new group set up and managed by The Link Visiting Scheme, initially for a period of fourteen weeks, but possibly longer if proving to be successful. They use the hall for their weekly meetings, buying teas and coffees from Café Mosaic. They provide a hot or cold lunch for their clients and it has been a very successful group and invaluable community need which in turn has also involved the Café in a positive way.
Along with the continued support of our very loyal customers, the Café is always busy with a lovely vibrant community feel. We still run our Charity days once a month, where we have tried to choose a few lesser known charity’s this year including Amyloidosis, fibromyalgia and Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue. These are always well attended and supported by our customers. We also continue to have a regular monthly Charity day for Clasp as they are a big part of Café Mosaic.
Claire, Nancy and I have all recently completed our level 2 Food and Hygiene course which brought to our attention the need to make a few changes to the equipment we use in the kitchen. This includes not using j-cloths to clean surfaces as they can harbour many germs and bacteria. We have now also installed an anti-bacterial wipe pod which uses biodegradable wipes that can be disposed of after one use, to improve the control of any possible risk of cross contamination. Blue paper roll which can also be safely disposed of is used for spills and drying surfaces. Hand gel dispensers are on order to be fitted at entrance points to the Café and Centre, due to the current focus on infection control. We felt it was only right that we take as many measures as possible to keep all staff, volunteers, and users as safe as we can. We will also be having hand dryers installed in the toilets to reduce the cost of paper towels.
It was brought to our attention a few weeks ago that we should really have access to a defibrillator in the Café. One of our elderly customers Jack was taken seriously ill and unfortunately died. A decision has therefore been taken to purchase a defibrillator and to raise money in memory of our dear friend Jack.
We will have a donation box for Jack’s Fund at the hatch of Café Mosaic and will have a couple of special coffee mornings to help raise as much as we can towards the purchase of the defibrillator. One of the events will definitely incorporate bacon rolls as they were Jack’s favourite.
Lunches have continued to prove more and more popular, although we are still only able to offer these on a Thurs/Fri due to restricted volunteer resource, but we do now have a good team with the increase of extra volunteers on these two days as we have become increasingly busy.
Clasp and Staverton House attend a choir on Friday lunch time and require their lunches before they start. We are currently taking 15/20 pre-orders before the regular lunchtime customers which is fantastic news for Café Mosaic. At the beginning of April we will be updating the menu to offer a few different options. Claire has kindly been making a Chilli which we offer as a special some weeks and it has proven to be very popular so hopefully we can continue to grow the menu, slowly introducing more choice.
In November we opened for the Winter Carnival where we had craft stalls in the hall and the Rose Room which attracted many people to the Centre. Café Mosaic offered jacket potatoes, bacon rolls and sandwiches, and proved to be a fantastic day where we took £500, so hopefully we will participate again this year.
The outside table and chairs proved a very welcome addition to Café Mosaic when the weather was kind through the summer months. The card payment machine we introduced is being used frequently especially by the younger mums in Little Fishes so a very worthwhile addition.
My role as Centre Manager has been an interesting one this year, trying to build my relationship with the many different people that hire the rooms and enter the Centre on a daily basis. I have worked hard to gain their trust and feel that I have built a good relationship with many of them.
Let’s hope we continue to have another successful year where we introduce and welcome many more people in to our lovely community café.