This was no ordinary Saturday afternoon, when one does the weekly shop, or the weekly housework or such. This was very much a Saturday with a difference. One to celebrate the 1st birthday of The Workshop Coffee Co. in the village. Yes, it really is a whole year since the heart of the village came alive – with coffee!

Earlier this afternoon Edward and Shane Doherty invited their customers and indeed the community as a whole, to come along and help them celebrate being one year old. Throughout the afternoon there was a range of delicious food given out – those little meringues were just divine I might add! And there was music, song and dance. Keenan and Maria were superb with a great selection of music. Mind you I must admit, Bryan Adams’ Heaven stole it for me. Young and old danced the afternoon away. And then some like myself and gang, lazed on the comfy chairs sipping coffee – we did eventually move on to the lemonade!

Siobhan and her face-painting skills were also in residence for the afternoon. Thank’s to Siobhan’s artistic talents a new craze has been created – coffee cup artwork on one’s cheek!!! The idea of coffee shop frequent visitor, Louise!

Edward and Shane as always catered for everyone. The car-park was partially transformed into a ‘children’s area’ this afternoon. The little ones had lots of inflatables to keep them entertained.

Today showcased the importance of having such a hub in the village. Somewhere people can come along and meet, drink coffee and eat. Somewhere to escape the real world when needed. The Workshop Coffee Co. provides a haven for all. Whatever your reason to visit, you’re just never disappointed.

Today showcased the importance of community spirit. Not only was it a celebration and a birthday party, but it also helped raise funds for those affected in last week’s floods. And of course, one lucky lady won ‘free coffee for a year’ – and NO it wasn’t me!!

So as today draws to a close, it’s with a spring in our step (that’ll be the coffee), and memories of a lovely year thanks to this new addition in the village.

As the night draws near, I think it might be the perfect excuse to venture across the road from The Workshop and visit the local, The Squealing Pig,¬†and continue the birthday celebrations there…..and off we doth go….Luke, mine’s a Guinness……

Happy Birthday The Workshop Coffee Co.