Fifty-mile mis­sion to up­date cafe

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS - RACHEL PARRISH rachel.parrish@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A NEW man at the helm of town cen­tre meet­ing­place The Vine is mak­ing it his mis­sion to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties there.

Paul Mul­hol­land, the new man­ager of the cof­fee shop and Chris­tian book­shop in The Bor­ough, is to stride out on a 50-mile chal­lenge to raise money for new cafe equip­ment.

He is be­ing spon­sored for what is ex­pected to be up to a 12-hour-trek around his home town of Rother­ham on October 14, to ben­e­fit what he de­scribes as the “won­der­ful” team of church vol­un­teers who keep the servery and shop run­ning Mon­days to Satur­days through­out the year.

Among those back­ing him is the chair­man of trustees of The Vine, former Hinck­ley United Re­formed Church min­is­ter the Rev Mal­colm Clarke.

Mr Mul­hol­land says many cus­tomers de­scribe The Vine as a “haven” and hopes to en­cour­age more churches in the area to make use of its re­sources.

As well as books, The Vine of­fers eth­i­cal gifts and cards, char­ity and Fair­trade prod­ucts, along­side a thriv­ing cof­fee shop and meet­ing place which hosts reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity ses­sions through­out the week.

Rev Clarke says peo­ple pop­ping in can be as­sured of a wel­come and a lis­ten­ing ear, or a peace­ful space to spend some time alone, de­pend­ing on their need.

Mr Mul­hol­land said: “We are try­ing to show peo­ple what Je­sus is about in a non threat­en­ing way.”

Based in Rugby, he worked for nine years with Barn­abas Fund, a char­ity sup­port­ing Chris­tians fac­ing per­se­cu­tion and op­pres­sion across the world but has ex­ten­sive pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence in the lay sec­tor hav­ing worked for the likes of Nat West and Burger King and as a project di­rec­tor of lo­gis­tics.

Mar­ried with teenage chil­dren, it was through his par­ents-in-law who live in Bar­well that he heard about the po­si­tion at The Vine, which was opened in 2001 by Churches To­gether Hinck­ley and Burbage.

Paul Mul­hol­land, left, new man­ager of The Vine cof­fee shop and Chris­tian book­shop in The Bor­ough, Hinck­ley, with the Rev Mal­colm Clarke, chair­man of The Vine board of trustees, Septem­ber 2017

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