Party time as cen­tre cel­e­brates five years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

ACOM­MU­NITY cen­tre has cel­e­brated its fifth birth­day.

Vol­un­teers and cus­tomers at the Hope Cen­tre, on Park Green, in Mac­cles­field, a cof­fee shop and Chris­tian book­shop, tucked into a spe­cially made cake and heartshaped bis­cuits to mark the oc­ca­sion.

There were also books, mu­sic and gift bar­gains to be had in a ‘pur­ple cross sale’. The cen­tre, whose motto is ‘living, lov­ing, car­ing and shar­ing’, is lo­cated in what used to be the Wes­ley Owen Chris­tian Book­shop and now has a cafe serv­ing fresh food and drink to any­one who wants to pop in. Re­tail man­ager Chris­tine Togneri said: “We had a lovely time. The cen­tre is a good meet­ing place where peo­ple of all ages come.

“It’s a place where peo­ple can come to on their own and be made to feel welcome.”

The cen­tre is staffed by vol­un­teers from churches across the town and fur­ther afield and has a lis­ten­ing ser­vice for those who are lonely or need to talk to some­one.

Chris­tine said: “The cen­tre is more than just a cafe, it’s the church work­ing to­gether to share God’s love.” The cen­tre is open Mon­day to Fri­day 9am to 5pm, and Satur­days 9am to 4pm.

●● Hope Cen­tre re­tail man­ager Chris­tine Togneri cuts the cake watched by vol­un­teers (from left) Dot Phillips, Mar­ion Tug­wood, Ann Har­ris, Chris White­ley, Gill New­ton and Les­ley Twigg.

●● Peo­ple us­ing the cen­tre fa­cil­i­ties

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