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Community coffee mornings helping beat loneliness post-lockdown

Cups of tea with a healthy slice of freshly–baked Victoria Sandwich cake and happy conversations return to Iqbal Centre on Cromwell Road, Peterborough as coffee mornings resume after months of Covid restrictions. 

The centre started a four-week coffee morning trial successfully on June 10 and will be holding a session every Thursdays from 10am.  

This comes as it prepares to return to normal life as restrictions begin easing.  

The event is open to anyone who wishes to come along, with a maximum seating capacity for 15 people at the minute, as per restriction guidelines. 

The centre is also operating as a Covid support hub, offering help to anyone who needs it, even if it means just a friendly chat. 

Popular figure at the centre, 83-year-old Janet Haygan is back with her freshly baked-goods.  

On Thursday, attendees were delighted to see her and referred to her as the “heart of the centre”. 

During the coffee morning, several activities including games and talks have been arranged to keep everyone entertained. 

One lady said: “It’s great to be back and see people finally. It’s so vibrant and positive here. I'm enjoying myself.” 

While another added: “It’s great. I normally also go to other centres but they haven’t opened yet,  So it's good to be out here and speak to people after so long. It’s my first time”. 

The centre manager Michelle Bush-batty said: “Join us for tea, coffee and cake and a chance to sit with other residents in our local community to discuss life over the last 12 months and how we come back together to create a stronger community as we come out of lockdown and back to some sort of normality. 

“We will be running these mornings for four weeks as a trial to see if it's something the community will benefit from. 

“Activities will be provided that put something back into or benefit the community, improve health and well-being, opportunities to create and learn and to keep our bodies active and our minds at ease! 

“We look forward to opening our doors to you and welcoming you back to your family centre!” 

You can find out more about it here