Category Archives: Community Café


The Community Cafe once again held their annual Christmas Grotto on Hillington Square on Thursday 21 December, this year with the generous support of KL.FM.

Thanks to the kind donation of toys and gifts from KL.FM, Santa had plenty of presents to giveaway to 100+ local children who came to visit him at the Community Café! The children had the opportunity to take part in some Christmas crafts as well as treat themselves to delicious cupcakes.

There was also a special visit from some four-legged festive friends when Santa’s Christmas donkeys arrived to offer rides around the square.

Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge, said: “It was great to see such a fantastic turn out at the Community Café again this year.

“We are very grateful to KL.FM for the gifts they donated to the grotto, which helped us some spread some Christmas joy to local kids.”

Father Christmas Comes to the Square!

We welcomed some very special guests to the Community Cafe yesterday! Father Christmas, with his donkeys and sheep visited for the afternoon at Hillington Square, and loads of you came to see them!


Children and their families from all over the area were invited to come along to the grotto, to meet Father Christmas and his friends. There were a range of craft activities and face painting on offer, with delicious food for everyone to enjoy.




Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge said: “When Father Christmas came to the cafe last year, we really hoped that he’d be able to come along again this year – and we’re so glad he did! Being able to see everyone enjoying this fantastic afternoon in the heart of the community is really special, and we have seen lots of families making memories that they will carry long in to the future. A huge thank you to all those involved in organising the day, and of course Father Christmas himself!”



We hope you all had a fantastic time, and we hope you all have a very merry christmas and a happy new year!

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Father Christmas is coming to town! He will be at the Community Cafe on Monday 21 December, 12 – 3pm. There will be a fantastic Christmas Grotto there, kindly made by the King’s Lynn Art Centre Trust with help from members of the European Volunteers Programme.

Other fun activities include:

  • Facepainting
  • Christmas hat making
  • Creating Christmas decorations
  • Donkeys and sheep
  • The chance to have your picture taken!

Come along and tell Father Christmas what you wish for this year, we hope to see you there!

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Halloween on Hillington Square!

Come and join us for a spooktacular creative crafts session and Halloween party! The craft session, cooking session and Halloween party will all be held at the Community Cafe, Hillington Square. Please see the poster below for more details, we hope to see you there!

Community Cafe Halloween Activities

For more information please contact Ruth the Community Organiser for Hillington Square, on Tel 07872 109732 or email her at

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Creative Kids

It’s the start of the summer holidays and The Community Cafe in Hillington Square are holding some fun, creative activities for kids to enjoy. These sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12am. The sessions cost 50p per child and you can treat yourself to a cup of tea whilst at the cafe! The list of activites can be found below as a guide (please check with Ruth Taylor 07872 109732).


Volunteers are also needed to come and help with some of the sessions. If you are interested please contact or call 07872 109732.

summer flyers

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Today saw the opening of the Olive Branch Community Café. The café, located in the centre of the square, sees Freebridge working in partnership with the Purfleet Trust, as part of the £30 million regeneration project.

As well as the volunteers from the Purfleet Trust, the café also saw Marks & Spencer staff volunteering their help, along with products being supplied to be used at the café.

KLFM broadcasted live from the event, and a celebratory cake, in the shape of the café, was cut by Mr and Mrs Major, two Freebridge tenants, who until recently had lived at Hillington Square for more than 44 years.

The café will be a place where people can meet, relax, enjoy a coffee and something to eat, while also providing training and employment opportunities in the area. There will also be free Wi-Fi for customers to use.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge, said “Now that the regeneration work is really starting to take place at Hillington Square, the cafe is the next step in developing the community for everyone concerned. It is a great place for people that live locally to meet and catch up, but also somewhere for people that walk through the square to stop and buy a coffee before they head to work.”

Paula Hall, Chief Executive of The Purfleet Trust added “Offering people opportunities for training and employment is at the heart of what we do. The Olive Branch Community Café gives our learners and volunteers a real environment for them to train and develop their skills. This café, which is the second one under this scheme, helps us to open doors in a great central location, to even more people.”

Hopefully we’ll see some of you there!

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