Following a big spring clean, The Common Thread Café’s team of 12 volunteers are ready to face into the New Year with renewed enthusiasm and vigour. The team recently came together to dust, clean and tidy furniture and fixtures. The volunteers, a healthy multi-cultural mix of Irish, Lithuanians, Austrians, South Africans and Japanese, each work a half-day a week in the café and are fully committed to the ideals of the space as represented by its motto: meet, share, engage.
The café, located on 15 Parnell Street in Clonmel, only serves coffee and teas (and biscuits) and is run on a donation basis, which has worked well since it opened in April 2010. Its main aims are to encourage encounters and conversations, nurture information and idea exchange and foster participation in artistic and civic projects. With this in mind, it has built up links with numerous bodies and individuals in the heritage, environment, community and art sector with a view to increasing networking and collaboration opportunities.
In recent days Clonmel Borough Council have been holding consultation clinics in the café in relation to its forthcoming Draft Development Plan: the last meeting will be this Thursday from 4 to 6pm. Many other projects, such as a large scale St Patrick’s Day parade float are planned in the coming months.
If you would like to find out more about what’s going on in the café call in for a cuppa during opening hours – Tuesday to Friday, 11-5 and Saturday, 2-5pm- and the host on duty will be able to answer your questions.
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