new cafe OPENING TUESDAY 19th april
We are excited to announce the opening of our new cafe. Come and enjoy great coffee, home-made cakes, paninis, baked potatoes, and more - all at reasonable prices. Everyone is welcome.
Opening times are : Tuesday to Saturday 9am-2pm.
We look forward to seeing you.
introducing our new cafe manager - rachel
We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Cafe Manager, Rachel Mayhew (nee Hopper). She will be spending the next few weeks talking to local residents, meeting with volunteers, and preparing for the opening of the cafe on April 19th. If you catch her tasting coffee and sampling other cafes in the area, that is all part of the job!
Rachel is an enthusiastic and community-oriented person, with a passion for drinking coffee and making people feel welcomed and accepted. In her previous roles at Costa, as a youth worker (at The Bridge) and most recently at a local charity shop, she particularly enjoyed getting to know people and seeing them grow and develop, which is at the heart of LCH's mission.
the hummingbirds toddler group - starting soon
All Saints Pre-School is expanding its provision for young families in the area, using the Cafe Area at LCH to set up a new parent and toddler group, The Hummingbirds Toddler Group.
The group will meet on Mondays from 9:30-11am from April 25th, working in partnership with Home-Start and Citizens Advice Mole Valley to provide families with support and guidance in a safe environment. The Hummingbirds will enjoy a variety of craft and other activities, and opportunities to socialise with their peer group, something that has been severely lacking during the pandemic and since the closure of the children's centre on Aperdele Road.
The Pre-School is looking to hire additional practitioners to join their friendly and welcoming team to support children with additional needs. Ideally, candidates would have a Level 3 qualification in early years and experience working with children with additional needs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
New 25-year lease approved by Mole Valley
3 October 2021
On Tuesday 28 September, Mole Valley District Council’s Cabinet approved the proposal, introduced by Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (above, with Tom Sefton), to lease the whole of the NLCC building to Leatherhead Community Hub for up to 25 years. This is great news for LCH and means that we can invest in the building for the long-term for the benefit of the community.
Speaking in support of the proposal, Cllr Bridget Kendrick thanked the community for working tirelessly to get to this point, and said 'I fully support this and look forward to seeing the Community Hub flourish and delivering the services that North Leatherhead so desperately needs and that we have been fighting for for such a long time.'
Great start made on the garden
30 July 2021
Attention recently has been focused on the garden at the back of the Hub with a band of hard working volunteers literally getting stuck into the landscaping over a very busy weekend.
Access to a beautiful well-being garden and outdoor space for community gatherings and celebration is one of our key priorities and we're impatient to get the area developed as soon as possible. Generous support from local businesses has provided us with landscaping and plants.
Fundraising campaign reaches £90,000
2 July 2021
Our Crowdfunder campaign officially closed in the middle of last month and, with a number of off-line donations also received and including Gift Aid, we're delighted to announce that we have received just over £90,000 to support our work for the North Leatherhead community.
When we originally set our ambitious target to raise the money for both our major building works and the employment of a Cafe & Events Manager, we scarcely believed that we would be able to achieve it. However, the generosity of the people of Leatherhead and the surrounding area has been astonishing and we are grateful to each and every person who contributed.
Judy did it!
2 June 2021
We were delighted to welcome Judy Mason to LCH on 2 June when she completed her sponsored walk in support of our fundraising campaign.
As someone who has enjoyed the benefits of visiting The Hive in the past, she was determined to celebrate the delivery of her new walker by making the one mile journey from her home in central Leatherhead to LCH on what was the hottest day of the year.
She raised over £2,000 and was met with a delighted (socially-distanced) party when she arrived.