Friday, 28 January 2011


This week has ended particularly well. Yesterday our environmental health officer paid us a surprise visit and we were awarded 5 stars out of a possible 5 for our environmental health check. We are incredibly proud of the fact that in a very busy place, with all the community groups, helping and chatting that goes on the cafe team still does everything (and more) that it needs to do make us a 5 star establishment. The cafe team make their job look easy when it isn't. It is a long day and hard work (or good exercise as I like to see it) but when someone comes in and says thank you, or tells you you have made a difference to them or environmental health come in and give you 5 stars, it give us such a buzz. So if Jan is even smilier than usual today or maybe a little tearful you'll know why.

Printing Workshop is making BUNTING!

The wonderful Lisa Purchase (artist) who inspires everything we do at Printing Workshop on Mondays has brought along everything we could need to make fabulous bunting. We have been painting, printing,cutting and stitching with fabulous results. We have been working on these for about three weeks now. They were going to go outside the cafe but they are so stunning when put together, Lisa has offered to sew them into a panel for display indoors. 

The Third Health Question Time on BACK PAIN

Another great success and this time we recorded the whole session so if you were anable to come on the night, please contact us and we can organise an opportunity to view the recording. Our physiotherapist, Sue Keers, and osteopath, Jonathan Boxall, had plenty of advice on keeping your back healthy and preventative measures as well as explaining the reasons for giving the advice they do. I am so much more willing to exercise or stretch if I understand the positive effect it has on me! GP, James Rowbury, and pharmacist, Fraser Perman, explained about pain-killers and the different effects on the body and when to take what.

There is also a buzz from Patients' Group who would like to follow up the event with some information on their website and a display of equipment available to help with back pain. For more information please contact us. 

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Jonathan Boxall's Psoas Stretch

For those who wanted a link to Jonathan Boxall's YouTube video on the back stretch he recommended, here it is:

Thursday, 20 January 2011

The 2nd Health Question Time on Back Pain

Ruth Tucker and I have a limited number of tickets left for the Back Pain Health Question Time. If you would like a ticket or two, ring the cafe on 01884 831300 (do ask to be put through to the cafe). Tickets can be collected on the night.

Coeliac's Cookery Course

Jan and I first met John Crompton and his wife when he popped into the cafe. We were chatting and discovered John is a chef with lots of special interests. One of which is recipes for coeliacs. John was busy with his business 'Cromptons Kitchen' but promised he would come back to the cafe to talk further when he could...and he did!

We met on Monday and have planned for John to come to the cafe to run an evening workshop where he will make gluten free savoury and sweet dishes from scratch with taste fabulous. Coeliacs don't have to settle for second best when it comes to the taste of their food. John will be making profiteroles and chocolate cake amongst other things. On his website it says,
John, who is an Artisan Salt Blender and a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs, has always stood by the maxim that "cooking is a marriage of flavours", and his aim has been to reproduce this belief in his blends.
So if you would like to book a place on John's subsidised course on Wednesday 16th February from 5:45-8:00 pm at Cafe Sustain, pop into the cafe or speak to Ruth Tucker.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

KCIP Meeting - Building a Community Network

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting in the cafe this morning, you gave us so many helpful ideas and we are looking forward to building a community network with you. It is an exciting prospect to be involved in building a network for high quality community resources within Cullompton and the surrounding areas and it is not difficult as there are so many fantastic organisations working hard in the area. This morning we were proposing an idea and it seemed to go down well. The group tweeked and improved things and we now have a 'new and improved' model. If you are involved in a community group and would like to know more about what we are doing, please get in touch.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Up and Coming Events at the Cafe

Wednesday, 19 January
KCIP Meeting 9am - invite only
Wednsday, 26 January
2nd Health Question Time on BACK PAIN 6pm at Culm Valley
Wednesday, 23 February
 Patients' Group talk on SAD at 7pm, College Surgery
Monday, 28 February
 3rd Health Question Time on ANXIETY & STRESS 6pm at Culm Valley
We also have our regular meetings:

College Surgery Amblers meets at 2pm in Cafe Sustain
Printing, Arts & Crafts Workshop 10-12 noon in Cafe Sustain
 Community Gardening Group meets at 11am in Cafe Sustain 

Pampering Nail Treatments all morning at Cafe Sustain
Drop in with Ruth Tucker for general support 8:30-9:30am  and 5:00-5:45pm
Time-out for Weight Loss with Ruth Tucker 10-11am
Knit & Natter Group meets at 10:30am at the Cafe
Fibromyalgia Support Group meets at 1:30pm in Cafe Sustain
Open Session with Ruth Tucker for general support 5:45-6:30pm

Open Hour with Ruth Tucker. A chance to talk to Ruth and ask advice 1:00-2:00pm at Cafe Sustain
Time Out... to Relax with Ruth Tucker. A chance for a chat and a cup of tea 2:00-3:00pm at Cafe Sustain

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

If you would like a free ticket to come to our second Heatlh Question Time on 26th January 2011 please ask at the cafe on 01884 831300 (ask for cafe) or email Ruth Tucker on

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Crafting at the Cafe in 2010

I have been really quiet since the beginning of December as I was struck down with something horrible which knocked me for six. Thankfully all the cafe team have been snapping away so here a a few of our crafting events from December.

Pottery Painting with Katy from Smiling Daisies

Upstream's Craft Drop-In

Barbara Clift's Willow Star Workshop