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New plans to revive Sheffield community café site

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A closed Sheffield coffee shop which offered solace, friendship and many a hot drink to residents in need is being brought back to life.

Open House, Chesterfield Road, Woodseats, was run for 25 years by a group of Christians after they raised the money to buy it.

It closed in December 2012, but now plans are afoot to revive the venture.

Jan Hill, a trustee of the new Open House Charitable Trust, said: “What we want to do is bring it into the 21st century. It’s going to be a community café where people can come, get a good cup of coffee and relax while upstairs there will be some meeting rooms where people can come for a chat if they want to.

“We are a group of Christians, so we do want to keep that ethos where people can come in and find some friendship or support if needed.”

The café is to be named Stellars in a biblical nod, meaning Star.

It will also have a prayer room upstairs.

And any money made will be ploughed back in to community projects.

At the moment, there is no opening date for the coffee shop, as work is continuing to revamp the site, but an artist’s impression has been created to show how it could look.

Jan reassured residents the plans were to go ahead.

She said: “The shop isn’t going to go kaput. It’s taking time, but we want to get it right.

“We are from churches all over and locally they are also supporting us.”

n For details, or to donate to the project, visit Open House, Woodseats

 

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