A café run in a community centre in Point celebrated its first birthday and official opening in one day on Saturday (March 30th), with a tremendous turnout of local supporters to share the occasion.

The Beacon Café has been running at Tiumpanhead Community Centre on a trial basis, on the last Saturday of each month, since March 2018. It serves home baking and soup, hot lunches, snacks and high quality coffee.

Growing customer loyalty, excellent feedback and a grant from Point and Sandwick Trust sealed the decision to make the café a regular feature of the calendar for the district.

Point and Sandwick Trust donated £10,000 towards a substantial upgrade of the community centre kitchen, allowing Tiumpanhead Community Association to buy a top quality coffee machine, new cooker and a variety of other kitchen equipment for the café, as well as paying for the electrical and installation work needed to upgrade the kitchen.

On Saturday PST board member Sonja Macleod cut the ribbon marking the café officially open and congratulated the volunteer committee on everything they had achieved at the centre.

She paid special tribute to committee chair Grace Smith, of Flesherin, and to the committee members and friends who staff the café enthusiastically and cheerfully each month.

A cake in the shape of the Beacon Café logo was cut and a new loyalty card launched, which allows regular visitors to enjoy a free hot drink after repeat purchases. Children also enjoyed a new activity treasure chest provided thanks to a donation from SignPrint of Stornoway.

Tiumpanhead Community Centre serves the Tiumpan district, which includes the villages of Portvoller, Portnaguran, Flesherin, Aird, Sheshader and Shulishader. It hosts a variety of groups including the Young at Heart over 60s social group and a new youth club, scheduled to start meeting next month.

Picture shows assembled customers enjoying their refreshments. (Annie Delin/TCA).