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                                                              MANEA MATTERS
          Maggie Powell’s picture based on Jessie
      Bridgement’s memories of Coronation Day 1953

                                                 The building was derelict and needed
                                                      clearing and rebuilding

      Very sadly, less  than a month after  cutting the
      ribbon for No.29, Mrs Jessie Bridgement passed
      away. She will be missed by all who knew her and
      we feel privileged that she was able to perform the

      The renovations started by clearing the shop
      area and removing the baking ovens and tables
      from the rear room (now the kitchen). The front
      corner of the building was bowed outwards and
      the roof was unsafe so these were taken down,
      the walls rebuilt using the original bricks and
      a new roof fitted. Once the building was safe,   Jessie cutting the ribbon and opening the café
      work could start inside to add underfloor
      heating pipes, new electrics, new
      internal walls, windows, stairways
      and toilets as well as fitting the
      coffee bar and kitchen areas.
      After  six  months,  with a  lot
      of hard work and late nights,
      we were finished and ready to
      open – just in time for the second
      lockdown! We decided we would open,
      providing a takeaway service which has been
      well received so far!
      The family-run bakery has been given a new
      lease of life – now a family-owned and run
      coffee shop, which we hope will become a hub   A new lease of life – the new café @no29
      for the community.
      Caroline Barnes
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