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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 (3015301)
Boss backs cafe facelift
by David Simister

A CAFE run by youngsters to support village youth facilities is being given a major facelift - thanks to the support of a local businessman.

Tim Cornah of Parbold Youth Club said that the Pear Tree community cafe, on Station Road, will be refitted by workers supplied and paid for by a senior executive at a West Lancashire-based business, who read about the cafe in The Champion and decided to make the generous offer.

He said: “Thanks to the most generous support of a kind local businessman, we are able to announce that we are giving the café a much needed ”resurrection“ and transforming it into a more streamlined community facility.

”We sincerely hope that this will please our loyal customers and deliver the much needed business to continue supporting the youth work that we do.

The rebuilding work mean that the cafe will until some time next month when itn will be relaunched.

Although the cafe's benefactor wishes to remain anonymous The Champion understands that he lives in the Parbold area.

The company involved will also donate coffee used by the community cafe to help Parbold Youth Club's aims to become self-sustaining by the end of the year.

Mr Cornah added: “The recession has hit everyone very hard and the café has miraculously survived, to this point, thanks to very loyal support, many people volunteering their time and others working well above and beyond the call of duty for very little recompense. We believe that to expect people to do this long term is not reasonable, so we need to change,” he added.

“The café is a business and it needs to raise its footfall significantly if it is going to be able to grow, pay its way and support its charitable objectives. To achieve this, it needs a serious change to its atmosphere, appearance, its products, speed of service, quality, consistency and management.”

The cafe was first opened in April last year after a lack of community-led facilities was identified in the village after several similar businesses closed during the recent recession, and is run and staffed by young people from the youth club.

For more information on the Pear Tree and Parbold Youth Club, visit the club's website online at


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