27 July – Important Conclusion
I was surprised last weekend to walk past this shop. It is not a coffee shop, but a branch of Lewis-Manning Hospice charity. It seems a very worthwhile and valuable organisation. There are currently three shops, in Westbourne, Ashley Cross and Wimborne, and Christchurch will be the fourth. Here is information about how they started, taken from their website (https://lewis-manning.co.uk). It is an excellent site, and well worth a look.
‘Marjorie Lewis-Manning was a local businesswoman and dedicated fundraiser. Marjorie identified the need for a day hospice service in the local area, and it was her wish to make her home a day hospice for local people living with cancer. After her death, her vision finally became a reality in 1992 and Marjorie’s original wishes that there were be no charges to patients or their carers for any of the services provided.‘
Note that this page was ‘Coffee#1’ but has now been renamed and the link replaced. it has also been moved to completed projects on the Planning page – by the looks of it, it should be opening shortly.
You may remember that in July last year planning permission had been refused for the old ‘Shoe Zone’ shop to become another branch of Coffee #1. Here is the fairly lengthy report on this website, and in The Echo.
Today in The Echo it is reported that permission has now been granted after an appeal. I will keep the page updated as things happen. I have been unable to find any formal documentation so far, and note that in the absence of a wide picture, the header image is from StreetView’
17 June – It’s Famous!
You probably know that Coffee#1 has finally been granted permission to open in the old Shoe Zone shop on the High Street. Well, today it made the national press! The Mail online published a lengthy article, beginning, ‘A coastal town is in uproar today after it was revealed yet another coffee shop will open this year – the 15th along its 550-yard high street.’
There are some interesting statements in the article, such as Christchurch having 80% pensioners. I know the figure is high, but I didn’t think it was as many as that!
Some of the comments at the end of the article are interesting. Here are just two, including one from the antipodes:
‘There must be a market for more coffee shops if someone is investing in a new one.’
‘This phenomenon of Coffee Shops springing up like mushrooms everywhere is no different to what is happening here in my Island of Tasmania, Hobart (Australia) I asked one of these owners why so many Coffee Shops these days?… and he answered, It’s the only small business we can make any money from …’
Click the image to go to the article.