Party time as centre celebrates five years
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