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Watcombe café marks first anniversary with Christmas donations

18 December 2015

A popular community café, the Watcombe Catch Up Café, has marked its first anniversary by making Christmas donations at a special celebration.

Festive donations

Set up by local residents, with help from the Torbay Community Organisers and supported by Sanctuary Housing, the café staff held a festive get-together and made donations of £100 to a local Scout group and Watcombe Wanderers FC.

Year of success

The celebration commemorated the success of the café’s first year following its establishment thanks to funding from both Sanctuary and Sovereign Housing, supported by the South West Foundation. 

Elaine Matthews from the Catch Up Café commented: 

"If someone had said to me in December 2014 that we would celebrate our first anniversary I wouldn’t have believed them. The café is so popular and it’s going from strength-to-strength, thanks to the support of Sanctuary and the Community Organisers.

We wanted to spread some Christmas cheer so making the donations to local Scouts and Watcombe Wanderers was a great way of doing that.”

Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnership manager for Torbay, added:

“The Community Organisers have been involved in a range of neighbourhood projects and the Watcombe Catch Up Café is really thriving.

We aim to support the development of successful and sustainable communities, which is really being achieved here.

The season of goodwill has given the café staff a wonderful opportunity to share their success, which they have done through their generous Christmas donations.”

Come along

The Watcombe Catch Up Café is open every Wednesday between 10am to 2pm at the Medway Centre and all Watcombe residents are welcome.


This project was joint-funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities, and Sovereign Residents’ Panel through their Make A Difference Fund which allocates grants for community activities in areas in which Sovereign has properties.


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