The Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Patrick Chung, joined 40 other guests at the launch of a Community Café at St Bartholomew’s Church in Ingham.
The church had successfully reached its fund-raising target last year for the project to install a full equipped kitchen, helped a grant of £2,000 from the locality budget of the Suffolk county councillor Rebecca Hopfensperger.
The kitchen was completed in time for the annual Christmas lunch.
The Community Café is run by volunteers from the church and currently opens from 11am to 2pm on the third Thursday of each month, serving snacks and a three course meal.
St Bartholomew’s has doubled up as the village community centre since the 1980s when the residents lost the use of the commercial building where they had been holding community and social club events and functions.
To create more open space, the pews were removed from the church and replaced by chairs and in 1989 a toilet extension was added.
The south porch was fitted out with basic kitchen fitments which provided tea and coffee making facilities and very soon the church was being used for the many village activities including coffee mornings, social club functions and parish council meetings.