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Email sent to our supporters on 11 May, 2021
Next Monday we reach another milestone on the government’s Road Map to recovery. At the moment I am still waiting to find out exactly what will be allowed, but we know that we will be able to reopen the café again, albeit with some limitations, Praise the Lord!
Unfortunately, the recent news was much more concerned with that fact that we can start hugging each other again, going into great detail on how we should do it. When it came to pubs, restaurants and cafés they were just excited to tell us that we could eat and drink inside again. One little bit of information was let slip; it will have to be table service only for the time being. That implies that there might still be some form of the “2 metre” rule and face masks will be required unless actually eating and drinking.
At Lighthouse Penny is making plans about how she can open up the café within the new rules, maintaining some form of social distancing. It looks like we will be going back to how we were last summer when we were allowed to reopen under similar circumstances. Two tables in the window but with three chairs to each table this time.
We will still have last summer’s reduced menu of hot and cold drinks and a selection of cakes and tray bakes (as available), but Penny has added toasted tea cakes to the list. It will be table service only and we would again ask you not to hog the tables for too long, as others might be waiting for their turn. Even if no one appears to be waiting, people might not come into the shop if they see both tables occupied. We don’t want to rush you, but just ask you to be considerate of others.
More good news, we have found someone to tidy up the courtyard and make it usable as an outside seating area. They hope to start work in a few weeks’ time, so by the summer we should be able to serve drinks and food both inside and outside, weather permitting!
We are also looking for a new deputy manager to help Penny both run the shop and to take charge of the café side. We need someone who would be capable of looking after the shop when Penny has time off (on the job training will be given) and is also able to bake and ice cakes to Penny’s high standard. Not a lot to ask for! If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact the shop for more details and ask for a Job Application Pack.
During the last year and a bit, we have heard of many businesses facing financial and other problems, but because of God’s wonderful provision Lighthouse is still here and serving the people of Tiverton and the surrounding area. We thank God for all He has provided to ensure that while he wants a Light shining in the high street, we will be here.