Sadness as Pod in the Park forced to close

February 06 2020
Sadness as Pod in the Park forced to close

The Pod in the Park cafe kiosk has been forced to close down after just a few months of operation with rising costs forcing the decision.


The Pod in the Park cafe kiosk has been forced to close down after just a few months of operation with rising costs forcing the decision.
The kiosk was taken over by the  Filton-based FACE youth and community charity last year and run as a social enterprise to employ adults with learning difficulties along with two managers.
But although the kiosk proved popular and sales were good, the venture had not managed to secure enough fundraising cash to make it sustainable, with costs of £3,000 per month.
The trustees of FACE will now review the operation and explore options for the future, which could include more limited opening hours.
The kiosk is owned by Filton Town Council who had offered a rent free arrangement for the first few months.
FACE director Debbie Teml said: "It may be that we ran before we could walk.
"Sales were never going to be enough and we did not have enough fundraising in place with five staff part time as well as two managers/supervisors doing 16 hours per week.
"It was costing £3,000 per month which used our reserves."
Debbie said there are hopes that a combination of community volunteers, Airbus graduates willing to help and different opening hours, maybe at weekend to attract footballers and families using the park, could mean there is still hope for the kiosk.
She added: "It is really sad as the social and community aspect of it was amazing."
The kiosk has had a troubled few years with FACE being the third operation in recent times.  The Hatch, run by Gavin Horswell, ceased trading due to rent costs and Elm Eats closed just months after caterer Aaron Phillips began trading.