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Progress Updates

Updated: May 12

Here we share some of the milestone progress updates of Kimel Community Cafe's journey so far.

9 November 2023

We are delighted to announce that last night Kimel Cafe were awarded Community Business of the year.

We would like to thank anyone who nominated or voted for us - everyone at the cafe is thrilled to be recognised in this way. As always we are grateful for your loyal support and would love to see you in the cafe very soon.


22 October 2023

Image of the front of Kimel Cafe with outdoor seating and flower planters

Despite the lack of updates (my fault entirely!) the cafe continues to grow at a considerable pace.

Lack of updates has been due to our collaboration with several universities and public authorities who are fascinated by what we’re doing and the results we’re achieving but

all this takes time and energy.

We have now added several pages/sections to the website –

  • Events page – evening events promoting community

  • About us – without these “diamonds” we would not be so successful

  • Nutritional information for diabetics


8 August 2022

We are pleased to announce that we have had our food hygiene inspection this morning and we were awarded top marks of 5*.

Image of the Food Standards Agency's food hygiene rating showing 5 for very good

Also Selda @ Sprinkle of Smyrna and Divya @ Divyaz Kitchen Wokingham, who supply the cafe with their delicious food also have both been awarded 5*.

We have reopened today after our holiday so look forward to seeing you all soon.


15 April 2022

Decorative Easter opening hours poster

Easter Opening Hours:

Good Friday & Saturday 09:00 – 16:00


Closed Easter Sunday & Easter Monday


16 February 2022

This is basically a transcript of the programme aired on 8th Feb now on the BBC website. You can click here to read the article on the BBC's website.

The cafe goes from strength to strength.  We are keeping our heads above water and the finances are looking good, so both Nic & I believe this is a model to be rolled out in other towns.

If you are interested, get in contact with us and let’s start a conversation.

However, the downside is, I am worried about Nic burning out and have ordered him to employ staff to give him a break – doubt if he will listen to me though!!

Workplace burnout is something we ALL have to be vigilant about – 40 years experience talking!!


10 February 2022

He’s only gone and done it!

Lead article on Tuesday 8th BBC South Today.

Huge congratulations to Nic and the whole team!


1 February 2022

We’re open!!!

Nic Lander, founder of Kimel Cafe, posing in the cafe's newly opened premises

After weeks of frustrations and floods from dodgy plumbing, we’re open!


For all the latest details follow us on Facebook (along with the other 10,000 amazing views!!).


2 December 2021

An update from Nic & Matt and well done for all the hard work they have put in.  And a big thank you to Howdens and the other local businesses who have so generously donated equipment and fittings.


28 November 2021

We are very pleased and proud to announce that we have successfully been awarded a grant from the National Lottery which will greatly help our opening. Many thanks once again to the Lottery for having faith in us!


27 November 2021

Flyer announcing Kimel Cafe's opening in December 2021

We anticipate opening our doors sometime in December, certainly before Christmas.

There have been the inevitable supply problems with some of our equipment but these are slowly being overcome.


7 October 2021

Screenshot of an article from Medium about the long-term impact of drinking coffee every day

Not really a progress report but while we’re waiting for the electricians to finish, this piece of news today, entitled A Recent Study Has Revealed the Long-Term Impact of Drinking Coffee Every Day.

Not only are we helping your mental health wellbeing but also your heart health!! Click here to read the full article on Medium.


23 September 2021

Front page of Wokingham Today dated Thursday 23 September 2021 featuring Kimel Cafe opening

Kimel made the front page!!

I say “we” but this is all down to Nic!

Brilliant work Nic and wonderful PR.


15 September 2021

Some way to go but we have the keys now – anyone useful with a paintbrush???


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