A COMMUNITY café has been given a new lease of life after being taken over by Wakefield Council.
Monty’s Café at Agbrigg and Belle Vue Community Centre played host to councillors and service users at an afternoon tea reception, with tea and cake being served to mark its opening.
Now run by council group Day Opportunities, the centre on Montague Road provides activities and opportunities preparing adults with learning disabilities for work.
Coun Pat Garbutt, the council’s cabinet member for adults and health, said: “I am delighted that the café is proving popular and wish all those involved every success for the future.
“Visiting the centre today has been absolutely tremendous. It is great to see service users out there in the community and they fully enjoy what they do.”
One service user, Lesley Richards, said she thought the day had been a great success. She added: “I cut the ribbon and opened the café. I am very proud, thank you everyone for coming.”
The café, which has unofficially been running since April, boasts a five-star hygiene rating from Environmental Health and has received excellent feedback from community members.
Lisa Willcox, service manager for Wakefield Council, said the reason for the delayed opening was to ease service users in. “It has been very slow and gentle, we didn’t want the service users to be overwhelmed too much,” she said.
Richard Smith, assistant manager at the centre, said people had been travelling across the district to come to Monty’s Café and try its range of tasty homemade delicacies.
“I am told the lemon drizzle cakes are very good!” he said.