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Tue 27 Nov from 4pm – Launch of CAFE VALISE @ Leigh Community Centre

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Cafe Valise will lauch next week at Leigh Community Centre with an exhibition of Phill Jupitus organised by White Wall Space.

Cafe Valise is a project by Metal in new partnership with Leigh Town Council to bring Metal’s travelling cafe to the heart of the revitalised Leigh Community Centre. The pop-up cafe made by Leigh’s artisan Jonathan Wells will take up residence in the community run space.

It will be launched with a range of creative activities on Tuesday 27 November.

The cafe space – at the centre of the building – has been given an impressive Metal ‘make-over’ complete with children’s arts and craft area. This brightly coloured space with fun astro-turf, desks, books and games has been designed in response to the feedback from parents and children using the touring Cafe Valise.

Metal have also designed in a gallery wall that will be curated by Leigh-based arts organisation, White Wall Space. The first exhibition, Collected Doodles 1983-2010, features cartoons by the well-known and loved comedian Phill Jupitus, that have never been exhibited before.

Cafe Valise opening hours will be Monday – Saturday 11am until 4pm with a delicious menu of sandwiches, soup, tea, coffee and a range of home-made cakes. We will also offer an affordable kids menu.

The community centre has recently been taken on by Leigh Town Council who have been making a number of exciting improvements to the facilities on offer. Together with a number of community organisations and volunteers – one of which is Metal – they are aiming to create a vibrant, creative and lively community resource for all ages.

Councillor Richard Herbert, who has led the Community Centre Working Party, commented: ‘The Town Council has received a tremendous amount of support from residents and volunteers and especially Metal. It is great to see the Community Centre gradually coming back to life. Our aim is to make the Centre the heart of the community where everyone can find something of interest be it a class or club, artwork or concerts, dances or film shows.’

The building offers some fantastic rooms to hire for all sorts of activity. Metal’s plans include a evening of jazz on Friday 14 December, hosted by Jam Jar Jazz; cabaret to come in the new year; music events; artist’s talks and our popularPecha Kucha evenings.

Launch Night Details:

Tuesday 27 November

4.30pm – 7pm: 
Drop in to check out the cafe and other facilities that the building has to offer.
View the Affordable Art Wall run by artist, Madeleine Murphy – find out how to display your work.
Stick around to try out our fantastic range of coffee, tea and home made cakes.

7pm – 9.30pm: Private View of Collected Doodles 1983-2010 by Phill Jupitus

Full bar – and teas and coffees available.

Cafe Valise, Leigh Community Centre, 67 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1SP

For more information, see Metal’s website.