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Café and shop at Just Traid in Bury St Edmunds set to reopen after extensive refurbishment



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After almost an entire year of work, a refurbished café and shop in Bury St Edmunds is set to fully reopen to the public.

The Old School Café at Just Traid, in St John’s Street, has been holding pop-up events over recent Saturdays and is due to reopen its doors in the coming weeks or months, based on coronavirus restrictions easing.

The café and shop is run with the help of around 60 volunteers and a small team of paid staff, who, since last July, have painstakingly renovated the inside of the building.

Lizzie Baker, Loraine Reid, Hayley Cook and Julie Atkins from Just Traid at one of their recent Saturday pop-up events. Picture: Mark Westley.
Lizzie Baker, Loraine Reid, Hayley Cook and Julie Atkins from Just Traid at one of their recent Saturday pop-up events. Picture: Mark Westley.

Hayley Cook, manager, said she started by ripping up one of the carpet tiles in the shop and saw Parquet flooring underneath.

So began a four month process of removing the rest of the tiles alongside colleagues Loraine and Julie, among others, and sanding and varnishing the floor underneath.

The team also gave the inside of the building a fresh lick of paint, shelves were taken down, and new furniture and accessories were brought in.

Loraine, Hayley and Julie, with help, spent around four months ripping up old carpet in the shop and sanding and varnishing the Parquet floor underneath. Picture: Hayley Cook.
Loraine, Hayley and Julie, with help, spent around four months ripping up old carpet in the shop and sanding and varnishing the Parquet floor underneath. Picture: Hayley Cook.

Friends, family and workmen all chipped in their time and resources to help complete the renovation.

“We saw what we’d like to do but there was no money, so we decided to volunteer our own time,” Hayley said.

“People got to know what we were doing and helped out.”

Hayley, who has been manager at Just Traid for four years, said all those involved had been ‘amazing’ and thanked them for their generosity.

How the shop and café looks now after being refurbished. Picture: Hayley Cook.
How the shop and café looks now after being refurbished. Picture: Hayley Cook.

When the café opens, they will be offering an all-vegetarian menu and, when restrictions allow, a ‘child-friendly café’ event will be held every Monday.

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