Grant boost to help showcase village’s food

At The Old Library, Cornholme, with freshly-picked runner beans, from the left, Oxana Poberejnaia, Jean Tempest, Martin Williams and Kate Witham.
At The Old Library, Cornholme, with freshly-picked runner beans, from the left, Oxana Poberejnaia, Jean Tempest, Martin Williams and Kate Witham.

A community hub has won a grant to help it grow produce to be sold in village shops and used in dishes on the menu at a cafe.

The Old Library, on Parkside Road in Cornholme, has been awarded £3,800 for a project to expand its community cafe, highlight local food and promote the skills of producers and growers.

Rachel Julian, chairwoman of the Old Library, said: “The grant is going to enable us, in Cornholme, to use the local cooking and growing skills of amazing local people to really create a locally produced food economy which can serve our local cafe and local shops.

“It’s part of the steps in building up both the community and economy in Cornholme.

“We’re right at the edge of Calderdale, but share the same wealth of skill, energy and enthusiasm that communities have all across Calderdale.

“We’re thrilled to get the grant and hope that everyone will soon be able to be sampling food produced in Cornholme.”

The grant funding has come from Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy, a European project about developing social enterprise and community groups.

“We are trying to get a community cafe in the Old Library because we really want to highlight local food,” Rachel said.

“There are lots of people in Cornholme who are really good at baking and growing their own fruit.

“We have got money to expand the cafe and help to support people baking their own buns and other things.

“We want it so that the local shops sell the food that local people produce.

“It’s all about rural economy - people and small businesses working together.

“Looking ahead, the aim is to employ somebody so we can sell the food.”

Part of the project will include devoting some of the Old Library’s outdoor space to grow food.

The produce will be be used as ingredients in the community cafe.