The Lodge Cafe, Bowling Park, is a new café and community hub opening in Summer 2018. This social enterprise is overseen by ASH Community Interest Company with the backing of three major community groups.
We aim to make Bowling Park a destination for local residents and non-resident alike, thereby increasing use of the Park, drawing the community together, and generating hope. The centre-piece of the development is the café itself. This enterprise will offer a high-quality customer experience, including coffee, tea, cakes, meals and a small children’s play area. It will also provide opportunities for apprenticeships and volunteering for promising individuals identified by partner community organisations (with these programmes delivered in concert with them).
Our site incorporates three other community spaces: a separate classroom, to be used as a base for outdoor activities in the Park, an attractive lounge and celebration venue upstairs, and a small office space. These spaces will be available to hire by local community groups, businesses and government.
The launch of the Lodge Cafe is the culmination of six years of work by local residents: negotiating the Community Asset Transfer of the building from Bradford Council, securing planning permission and raising £400,000 for structural work and renovations. Profits from the venture will be ploughed back into the local community.