Café News – Posted 14/06/16

A few things have been happening at the Café whilst I have been doing my best to destroy my body so here goes:-

Following some constructive criticism from a couple of customers we have upgraded our Baby changing facilities & added a door closer to our inner entrance door. The Baby changing ‘cupboard’ now has a light, drop down changing platform & hand cleaner dispenser. Almost complete just awaiting arrival of rubbish dispenser so you’ll need to use the one in the toilet for a few more days for now.

Outside we have upgraded the side tables with the purchase of 4 new round picnic tables, 2 of these will be situated in the more secluded elevated grass terrace. We have also purchased an additional 8 umbrellas so that every outside table will have them during better weather spells. This has the added benefit that customers will no longer feel the need to move a safe Umbrella, one erected by us in a secure base fitting, to tables that didn’t have such a fitting. We think this is both a safe & good improvement to our outside facilities, may the sun shine on this decision!

Arriving back from marshalling on the Cwm Pennant race late on Saturday afternoon I was soon being introduced by Dorina to 3 tired but clearly fit young guys who had just successfully completed our Siabod Challenge. The trio, James Horton, James Harvey & David Wyse, recorded an excellent 10 Hours & 10 Minutes & were duly rewarded with Shmoo Milkshakes & Cakes on the house. Well done guys it looked like you had thoroughly enjoyed a hard but rewarding big day in Snowdonia!

Saturday 12th June also saw Eric Jones & Caradoc ‘Crag’ Jones give excellent presentations about some of their incredible achievements. After a fabulous evening (away from the football), there was so much left un-said but that which had been said was fascinating, amusing & jaw dropping, thanks guys. Thanks also to Brian Robbins, John & Marion for helping to organize it as well as to Steve Peake for filming it for posterity. To cap it all the event raised £608 which will be split equally between the charities ‘OVMRO’ & ‘Climbing Against Cancer’.

Time waits for no one so Sunday afternoon saw Dorina & I heading off to support Mike Lees in the second round of his ‘Quiz Nights with Altitude’ series at the Tan Hill Inn in the Pennine’s. At 1,732 feet above sea level the Tan Hill is the highest pub in the British Isles & is situated smack on the Pennine Way. Our hosts Steve & Viv gave us a very friendly welcome as Dorina & I were invited to join their staff’s team where our aptly named team ‘the 1732 club’ came an excellent 2nd. Mike had obviously had one too many Guiness’ as he congratulated us on doing so well despite having an average age of only 19! I must have been in toilet when he did those maths! As ever Mike was excellent raising a further £300 in aid of Reach Out for Nepal.

This Friday sees Mike’s final Quiz in the series conclude at the Sportsman Inn on the Denbighshire Moors, so come on everyone get over there & lets show that the Welsh can beat the Scots & the English in monies raised, gauntlet thrown well & truly down. Keep up the great work Mike, you are a star in a reasonably priced car!

Finally Reach Out for Nepal day is less than two weeks away, please visit our web-site’s ‘Nepal Blog’ page to see how you too can get involved to help the Melamchi school. It’s time to show Nepal that last years devastating earthquake & it’s aftermath which will be felt for years to come are anything but far from our minds.

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