Swaffham pop-up cafe aids Society

Children's Society volunteer, Althea Tucker, serves high tea to, from left, area manager, Debby Chapman, volunteer Pauline Chettleburgh and shop manager, Caroline Welham MLNF14PB11220 ANL-140511-175648001
Children's Society volunteer, Althea Tucker, serves high tea to, from left, area manager, Debby Chapman, volunteer Pauline Chettleburgh and shop manager, Caroline Welham MLNF14PB11220 ANL-140511-175648001
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War-time songs played gently in the background taking customers back in time at Swaffham Children’s Society’s shop for a pop-up vintage café day.

The society is attempting to raise an extra £1,000,000 during November with each of it’s shop nationwide putting on a special event to help reach that target.

Speaking in Swaffham on Wednesday, area manager Debby Chapman, said: “We need the money to help disadvantaged children and young people and children who run away. We support all vulnerable children right across the country.”

“We were one of the organisations that campaigned for free school meals for early years schoolchildren,” she said. “Our current campaign is to ban pay-day loan company’s advertisements on TV before the 9pm watershed.”

Caroline Welham, manager of the Market Place shop, said: “The day has been brilliant. Several of our customers dressed up for the occasion.

“We had a real 40s vintage feel about the shop.”

The event was sponsored by Swaffham’s Remember When Cafe and Restaurant.

Owners Stewart Halliday and Ruth Chapman specialise in organising period high-tea occasions with Georgian, Victorian and war-time themes.

Mr Halliday said: “High teas were popular during the time of Queen Mary and Queen Victoria. They were brought in to bridge the gap between lunch and the evening meal.”