The original idea of a cafe for the local community was developed by the Olive Community Project team, who generated support through their gazebo days on Castle Street. A Stockport Christian business woman, Geraldine Sullivan, developed, project managed and funded the Centre, encouraging many other groups, including ROC to build on the original concept. Geraldine continues to serve the Centre in the role of Patron.
Representatives from all the local churches came together to form the charity Edgeley ROC Centre and they are now managing the Café and projects. Staff and volunteers from Edgeley and surrounding areas have come along to help support the work, offering locally produced food and showing God’s love to the community of Edgeley.
On Friday 25 April, we held a Blessing for the Cafe. We then trialled the Cafe opening on Friday and Saturday, 2nd and 3rd May, with a limited menu. We officially opened on Tuesday 6 May, with a party to celebrated on Saturday 10 May, 2014. You can view the journey to Olive in photographs.
On 18 January 2015, the centre was officially handed over to the Edgeley ROC Centre Trustees.