Honiton Methodist Chapel to be transformed into family café

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:13 31 August 2017

St Paul's Church, Honiton.

St Paul's Church, Honiton.

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East Devon District Council's property services team granted a new lease on the building, which was formerly occupied by Honiton Town Council before its move to the The Beehive in Dowell Street.

Honiton’s former Methodist chapel is set to get a new lease of life after plans to transform it into family café were given the go-ahead.

East Devon District Council’s property services team granted a new lease on the building, which was formerly occupied by Honiton Town Council before its move to the The Beehive in Dowell Street.

Now, new tenant Harriet Spence is set to convert the historic building into a family café, complete with soft play facilities.

Harriet said: “This is an exciting venture for me and one which I have worked hard to progress.

“The family café will provide a range of play areas for small children and babies as well as a comfortable café area where parents and older children can relax while the children play.”

The new lease of the premises was completed in late July.

Councillor Mike Allen, East Devon District Council’s lead councillor for employment and business, welcomed Harriet to the property and handed over the keys.

Cllr Allen said: “I am pleased to see this building brought back into use and hope it will prove a valuable addition to the range of businesses in the town.

“I wish Harriet and her team every success and look forward to seeing the transformation when complete.”

Work will now start on converting the property with an anticipated opening scheduled for October or November 2017.

The move has also been heralded by Anthony McCollum, chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce.

He said: “It’s good for New Street because the building has remained vacant since the council moved out.

“It is nice to see it being re-used in a way which people in the town, particularly families, will benefit from. The new cafe will let people hold functions for families in the middle of the town instead leaving the centre to go elsewhere.”

Further information about the centre can be found at the Full of Beans Family Café Facebook page.

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