Congratulations to Humphry’s upon opening their cafe and community hub in The Highams Park today.
The name Humphry’s was chosen in honour of Humphry Repton who originally landscaped the park and lake.
The intention is that the cafe will be open seven days a week from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm and will provide much needed refreshment and toilet facilities for visitors to the beautiful park and lake.
The Highams Park Planning Group (HPPG) undertook this project. At the launch of HPPG in 2014 a café and toilets in the park was the most popularly expressed wish of local residents. HPPG approached the Council to see if they would agree for the community to take over the unused Council building in the park. After several years of negotiations the Council agreed to a ten year lease and in June 2017 planning permission was granted and work on the building started in earnest.
The actual implementation of the project was achieved with the amazing support of local businesses and volunteers who provided so much of their time, services and goods for free. They have been incredible. This has been a true community project in every sense of the word.
InflectionTech are proud to be part of this project, along with other key local businesses. Mark Dansie, Director commented: “It’s great to support local initiatives and this much needed facility will add value to the local community.”
The cafe will be operated by local resident Toni Hanshaw, we can’t wait to visit.