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​Chantry Library to launch new community café

Suffolk Libraries is teaming up with Combat2Coffee to launch a new community café in Chantry Library.

The new café will be the only one in the Chantry area of Ipswich and will open from Monday 17 May in line with the relaxation of rules surrounding gathering indoors.

The café will officially launch on Friday 21 May with a special outdoor event involving the fantastic musical duo Sing as We Go who will be performing between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

The outdoor event will mean more people can visit and check out the new café as the numbers of people allowed inside the library are still currently limited to nine. When it opens the café will be open during regular library opening times.

Combat2Coffee was formed by Nigel Seaman as a charitable enterprise to support Armed Forces veterans who may be struggling with life outside of service. It also helps inmates at Suffolk’s Hollesley Bay prison who work in a roastery near the prison.

Vicki Mann, Manager of Chantry Library said:

“It’s an honour to be able to partner up with Combat2 Coffee and start to move back to a new normal providing a safe space for our community.”

Nigel Seaman, Founder of Combat2Coffee added:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Combat2Coffee. Having grown up in Chantry myself, I see the importance of this wellbeing hub supporting Mental health. This will be an excellent addition to the community not only for veterans and their family members but the whole community in general."

Sing as we go! perform acoustic, sing-a-long songs which are easy for people to join in with. They usually perform in care homes, cafes and social venues and have been very popular when they’ve performed at the library in the past including a special VE Day performance online during lockdown.

For more information on Combat2Coffee visit