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Sunrise Café, from Dover Outreach, to be opened this weekend by mayor Gordon Cowan

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A new community café, involving a homelessness group, formally opens this weekend.

Dover mayor Gordon Cowan will cut the ribbon for the town’s Sunrise Café at 11.30am on Saturday.

The new cafe opens on Saturday. Picture: Sunrise Café
The new cafe opens on Saturday. Picture: Sunrise Café

This will be followed by a blessing from Deacon Michelle Legumi.

The venue, in Snargate Street, is a social enterprise with charges for food on a pay what you can afford basis.

Meanwhile members of the public are invited to donate and gift meals

Café manager Vicky Nunn says, “We’re excited to be able to welcome everyone.

“As we’re not able to give anyone a hug at the moment, we’re hoping that our delicious homecooked food gives that much appreciated hug instead.”

The café logo. Picture: Sunrise Café
The café logo. Picture: Sunrise Café

The café will be open from Mondays to Saturdays and serve cooked breakfasts from 8 am, mid-morning coffee and cake, followed by a daily two course lunch served until 2pm.

The Sunrise is based in the former Seafarers Centre and part of the umbrella of the Dover Outreach Centre for the homeless.

The renovation of the café came from doations from companies and individuals.

Noel Beamish, acting chief executive and founder of Dover Outreach, said: “There are so many people to thank individually

for their superb support both financially and for supplying goods and services to help us launch this unique local initiative.

“Without the dedicated commitment and hard work of everyone involved, it would just not have happened.”

The community café will be opened by the mayor. Picture: Sunrise Café
The community café will be opened by the mayor. Picture: Sunrise Café

The café will have displays of local artwork which will be renewed every few months.

Nienke Eernise will be the first local amateur artist to show her work there, with three wall hangings showing Dover scenes.

Volunteers are also wanted for the Sunrise, in the kitchen or collecting surplus food from local supermarkets

Those wishing to volunteer or donate should email info@sunrisecafedover.com or call 01304 448070.

Full details on the Sunrise Café are available on its wbsite sunrisecafedover.org

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Dover Sam Lennon



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