On 2 February, St Oswald’s ‘Place of welcome’ ‘Coffee Friday’ celebrated its first birthday. 

St Oswald presents cheque to Blind Veterans AssociationThe founder of the coffee morning, Mr Brian Murkett celebrated the success of the coffee morning with around 40 regular attenders from the local community. He announced that although the drinks and biscuits are free, donations have raised over £1,000 in 12 months.Frank Smith blows out the birthday candlesOne of the regular members, Mr Frank Smith Is a member of the Blind Veterans society and a volunteer from the charity was present to receive a cheque for £500. Frank was then invited to light the birthday cake and blow out the candles.

Vicar of St Oswald's Church, Nigel Taylor, said: "In an area such as Broadwaters where there is little to foster community cohesion, the Friday Coffee Morning has been a real blessing bringing people together and enabling new friendships to develop. This is the ethos of the ‘Places of Welcome’ hospitality network and we're delighted to be a part of it." 

Find out more about the national Places of Welcome network: www.placesofwelcome.org.