Tring church plans to open community cafe

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SPRUCING up a church and opening a cafe in its hall could soften the blow for people who are about to lose their social centre because it has been earmarked for demolition.

A concert by The Hemel Hempstead Band at The New Mill Baptist Church, in Tring, this Saturday at 7.30pm will help raise some of the £3,000 a year needed to maintain the Grade II listed building.

It is all the more needed now the church is hoping to attract more people with a cafe.

Minister in training Andrew Openshaw said: “There will be good quality Fair Trade coffee and paninis served from 10am to 2pm every Thursday from April 26.

“With a question mark hanging over New Mill Social Centre this is an opportunity to maintain a community social hub.”