01 Apr 2019
Keynsham cafe Temple Street Canteen was recently awarded the Bath & North East Somerset Community Business of the Year Award. The awards, which recognise volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community, received a record number of nominations this year.
Temple Street Canteen scooped the award and was given particular praise for having "connected local people and inspired others to think positively about engaging the community".
Councillor Walker, who hosted the award ceremony, said “there are many people across the district who do so much for our community but whose work often goes unsung. The Community Awards enable us to celebrate and recognise these people and organisations who are dedicated to helping others”.
Stefan Edwards opened Temple Street Canteen in Keynsham in October 2017. He quickly became involved in community activities supporting the ‘pay it forward’ coffee scheme which involves customers buying an additional coffee for a future customer, someone they don’t know but who may possibly be in need, in a ‘random act of kindness’.
Temple Street Canteen has also run a 'pay what you can afford' Christmas Lunch for the past two years, offering a Christmas meal for anyone who was going to be on their own over the festive period. The cafe also offer free lunches to families every Tuesday during school holidays, to help tackle childhood hunger and will soon be launching a community freezer in partnership with the local food bank.
Stefan said, "We are delighted to have won this award. There are so many coffee shops on the high streets these days, we have always aimed to connect with our community and be more than just a cafe. We've got loads of great community projects on the horizon, so watch this space!"
Keynsham cafe Temple Street Canteen was recently awarded the Bath & North East Somerset Community Business of the Year Award.