The Grapevine is our community café in Singleton which launched in March 2015 in the new Singleton Village Hall. The vision for The Grapevine arose out of the church’s desire to serve the local community, and an awareness that loneliness and isolation are a widespread problem affecting all sections of society. The opening of the extension to Singleton Village Hall provided the opportunity to take this vision forward.
The café is open on Monday and Thursday mornings until 12 noon. On school days it opens at 8.30am to cater for parents dropping their children off at the local primary schools and the pre-school next door. Later in the morning local residents and shoppers drop by for a drink and a chat. During school holidays The Grapevine opens at the later time of 10am.
A large number of retired people, unemployed and full-time homemakers live locally and many have expressed appreciation at having this new social hub and meeting point. We offer hot drinks, squash, cakes, biscuits and traybakes, including many home-baked items. All ages are welcome: there are newspapers, board games and a well-stocked children’s corner. For the very young there are high chairs and a facility for warming milk or baby food.
The café is staffed solely by volunteers from the church, several of whom provide the home-baked food, but we welcome others to join the team.
The name Grapevine was chosen as it is associated with the idea of communication, but it also evokes Jesus, who said that He is the vine – and we are the branches.