Customers return to pay-what-you-can Hatfield café

PUBLISHED: 11:44 22 September 2020 | UPDATED: 11:44 22 September 2020

Sparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: Resolve

Sparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: Resolve

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The Hatfield-based Sparks Community Café where customers pay what they can is hopeful for its future since reopening.

Hatfield's Sparks Community Cafe has reopened, which Resolve volunteers, Welwyn Hatfield deputy mayor Cllr Peter Hebden, leader Tony Kingsbury, mayor Roger Trigg and MP Grant Shapps attended. Picture: ResolveHatfield's Sparks Community Cafe has reopened, which Resolve volunteers, Welwyn Hatfield deputy mayor Cllr Peter Hebden, leader Tony Kingsbury, mayor Roger Trigg and MP Grant Shapps attended. Picture: Resolve

Joe Heeney, chief executive of drugs and alcohol charity Resolve, which runs the café, told the WHT: “It now seems that people are seeing we are open, seeing the measures in place and of course seeing the great cakes and the menus and starting to come back.

“We are beginning to feel a little optimistic about the possibility that the café could succeed with the support of Ocado donations and some funding we received from the National Lottery
COVID sustainability Fund to support the café over the next six months.

Hatfield's Sparks Community Cafe has reopened. Picture: Resolve Hatfield's Sparks Community Cafe has reopened. Picture: Resolve

“We are really working hard on gaining people’s confidence that we have put the right safety measures in place and they can come and be safe in our café as well as be sure that our food is safe to take away, especially our ‘cakeaway’ menu.”

Hatfield's Sparks Community Cafe has reopened. Picture: ResolveHatfield's Sparks Community Cafe has reopened. Picture: Resolve

Sparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: ResolveSparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: Resolve

Sparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: ResolveSparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: Resolve

Sparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: ResolveSparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: Resolve

Sparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: ResolveSparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: Resolve

Sparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: ResolveSparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: Resolve

Sparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: ResolveSparks Community Café, operated by Resolve, returned on Saturday, September 12. Picture: Resolve

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