PiP's cafe and community space completed

PiP’s café and meeting Hub The Great Field Poundbury

Pavilion in the Park (PIP) – cafe and meeting hub build hand over to charity on The Great Field Poundbury

Located on the Great Field Poundbury, Pavilion in The Park ( PiP) is a sustainable community-based café set up to raise revenue for Dorset Charity, The Alcohol Education Trust. It will offer locally sourced home baked food, cakes and a wide selection of drinks.

Now that the steps to move out of lockdown have been announced, we plan to open shortly after the 12th April on a takeaway basis to begin with, so that residents and visitors can enjoy the mile long walk around the Great Field, play equipment and wild flower meadows with facilities! You can follow our progress on Instagram via @pipspoundbury or on twitter via @PipsPoundbury

The interior under construction!

PIPs key hand over

Helena Conibear receiving the handover of PIP from builders CG Fry in January

There is also a room (up to 16) with a kitchenette that will be available to hire for clubs, gatherings or meetings with or without refreshments at a cost of £10 an hour for charities and £15 for businesses. You can email lucy@pipspoundbury.com to find out more!

The Pavilion is very eco-friendly with solar power, air source heating, reclaimed tiles, paving and wood interior. Visitors, once we are fully open, will be able to borrow a book, buy a plant from a local special needs nursery or art by under 25s. Come and lounge inside or on the veranda while enjoying refreshments overlooking the Great Field while supporting a Dorset charity. There will be an outside ping pong table as well as raised beds and a bird feeding station, with the main play area, being built by The Duchy of Cornwall, being built Summer 2021.

Helena Conibear, CEO of The Alcohol Education Trust commented, “For the last ten years, The AET has operated out of a garden garage in Frampton so to have a bespoke office, community-facing café and meeting space in such a beautiful setting that will attract old and young alike is fantastic for everyone. We are immensely grateful to all those who have made it possible, including the Town Council, County Council, Duchy of Cornwall, plus wonderful individuals and funders.”

Richard Biggs, Mayor of Dorchester said, “We are delighted that Pavilion in the Park is ready and congratulate the Alcohol Education Trust on their massive achievement. Having AET on site at The Great Field means we have a partner to work with to provide the café, play and toilet facilities to park users. We look forward to building our relationship over the years.”

Les Fry, Dorset Councillor and Dorchester Town Councillor commented, “This is a really significant day for Dorchester and the development of the Great Field, the handover of the building to the AET marks a milestone in the progress of the field for community use. This building will become an important asset to the community in many ways. I very much look forward to the opening of the building in the near future.”

Jason Bowerman stated, “The Duchy of Cornwall is delighted to see the new headquarters of the AET, with associated café, nearing completion. The Pavilion in the Park (PiP), is the result of a major planning and fund-raising exercise by the Trust. Construction has been undertaken during a time of quite unforeseeable restrictions and it is a credit to both the Trustees and CG Fry and Son, that such a high quality and valuable resource has been delivered. PiP’s will complement the major works undertaken by the Duchy on the Great Field over recent years, providing a wonderfully diverse area for both visitors and residents of Dorchester. The Duchy is pleased to have been able to support the project and looks forward to welcoming the AET to their new home in the Spring”.

Philip Fry Managing Director of CG Fry commented, “We have very much enjoyed working on this project with Helena and the team. We have carried the building and design work on this project on a no profit basis, as we felt that it would provide a valuable asset for the community as well as supporting a charity doing great work within the community. It is good to see how well the finished building looks in the Great Field.”

PiP has been created as a not for profit social enterprise by the Alcohol Education Trust (AET) that will donate any profits to ensure the AET can continue to support children and young adults to make safer life choices in schools, special schools, children’s homes, pupil referral units, sports and youth clubs free of charge ongoing.

The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) is a charity that engages young people of all abilities and backgrounds helping them build resilience skills, to know how to avoid and resist risky situations and to look after themselves and each other in a variety of settings.

For further information see www.alcoholeducationtrust.org and www.talkaboutalcohol.com

The website will be ready in April via www.pipspoundbury.com. Follow in Instagram via @pipspoundbury

To join PiP mailing list for special offers, events and news, please email lucy@pipspoundbury.com

If you would like to learn more about PiP or job opportunities, would like to support AET or volunteer, or if you are under 25 and would like to sell artwork, please email helena@alcoholeducationtrust.org