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Community Café in Acton Church makes Popular Return

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

The ‘Tea at the Tower’ community café at St Mary’s Church, Acton, has been a great success since returning in late-August, having been suspended since March 2020 due to the pandemic. 

Aerial view of St Mary’s Church, Acton (photograph: Jonathan White)

In the five Sunday’s thus far since the café returned, they have welcomed nearly 250 visitors, including a performance in mid-September by talented soprano Jessica Thayer.

‘Tea at the Tower’ – cake and drink (photograph: Jonathan White)

‘Tea at the Tower’ takes place at St Mary’s Church on Monks Lane in Acton near Nantwich, every Sunday afternoon (2:30-4:30pm) throughout the year. Hot drinks and homemade cakes are available, and donations are gratefully received.

Visitors enjoy the ‘Tea at the Tower’ community café (photograph: Jonathan White)

‘Tea at the Tower’, which is run by church volunteers, began in March 2017 and raises valuable funds for St Mary’s Church, a Grade 1 listed building.

A representative from St Mary’s Church, Acton said: “It’s lovely to see people coming together again in a safe environment – the atmosphere is really great. What’s not to like: cake and a cuppa and a chat! Tables are spread right through the church – so everyone has plenty of space.”

‘Songs of Praise Harvest’ – this Sunday 3rd October

Future events:

  • ‘Songs of Praise Harvest’ – this Sunday 3rd October at 5pm in the Church. All are welcome to this informal service giving thanks to the Harvest and the Farming community.
  • Tea at The Tower’ guided circular walks – the monthly walks from St Mary’s Church, Acton recommenced in September, after also being suspended since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The walks are at a relaxed pace and the 5-mile route will mainly involve canal towpath and lane walking and only a small number of stiles will be negotiated. Stout outdoor shoes or walking shoes/boots are recommended. Ample car parking is available in the Acton village car park. All are welcome, including dogs on leads. Donations are gratefully received. All walks start from St Mary’s Church, Acton at 1pm (please meet for 12.45pm at the Church), and for those who wish to indulge in cake and a drink, walkers will be back in time to visit the Acton Church ‘Tea at the Tower’ community café. The future dates for the walks are: this Sunday 3rd October, Sunday 7th November, Sunday 5th December, Sunday 9th January 2022, Sunday 6th February. For further information please phone 01270-620612 or 07710983125.