Located on the Great Field, Pavilion in The Park PiP will be a sustainable community based café operated by Dorset Charity, The Alcohol Education Trust that will offer locally sourced home baked food, cakes and a wide selection of drinks. There is also a room that will be available to hire for clubs, gatherings or meetings. The charity has raised the funds to complete the Pavilion, housing their office, a community space, public loos and café and 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.
The building was handed over by C G Fry on 15th January, who have built the shell at cost ready for fit out. The PiP café and community hub is planned to open in early April.
The Pavilion is very eco friendly with solar power, air source heating, reclaimed tiles, paving and wood interior. Visitors will be able to borrow a book, buy a plant or art by under 25s or lounge inside or on the veranda while enjoying refreshments overlooking the Great Field at the same time 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 ‘go ape’ style play area, being built by The Duchy of Cornwall opening Summer 2021. 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) a Dorset charity working nationally.