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Ex-bookshop set for new chapter as cafe

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 8:46

A CHRISTIAN charity is aiming to open a community cafe in Newport in the new year — but it still needs Isle of Wight generosity to get the project off the ground.
Revive Newport is keen to open the drop-in facility, The Living Room, in the former Christian bookshop, Castle-books, in January.
The Living Room aims to provide low-cost drinks and snacks, Christian literature, fair trade gifts and crafts, as well as a space where people from all walks of life can pop in and relax.
The facility would also offer support to those who need it through a volunteer-run listening initiative called Listen … in. Volunteers would help with a range of issues by directing them to agencies that offer advice.
Pete Luther, Revive Newport’s development officer, said: "The Living Room will provide us with a permanent base in a more prominent location and will be a space for prayer and support for all, youth groups and a number of community projects but we still need £8,000 of our £30,000 target and volunteers.
"In 2007, a study revealed almost 70 per cent of the UK population have no intention of attending a church service.
"We believe The Living Room will be a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the community and the church on the Island."
• For those interested in making a donation to the project or becoming a volunteer, details are available on http://www.revivenewport.org

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