10,000 Hands chosen to run Ladywell Fields Cafe

Robert Sheppard, Secretary of the Ladywell Fields User Group writes:

Glendale has announced today that, following a bidding process, 10,000 Hands (the Jimmy Mizen Foundation) has been chosen to run the Ladywell Fields cafe and undertake its refurbishment. The JMF already run the Cafe of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane.

Building works to improve the cafe facility will begin this Summer. Further information (e.g. plans and service commitments provided) will be posted on the Ladywell Fields Facebook page as soon as they're made available.

Glen, the existing cafe operator, has been notified and thanked for his loyal service to the Park - which I know will be echoed by all who've come to know him over the years.

32 comments:

Honest local said...

Was Glen's departure voluntary or was he forced out?

Ladywell Fields said...

Neither. Glen put in a bid which was unsuccessful.

anonymouse said...

Brave new world. Poor Glen.

Tj said...

Oh so forced out then. Livelihood taken away. Someone who had a job and a business now has none. For a new facility when there were no complaints about the old. My god, I hope the new charity owners at least offer him a decent job running it. Sorry but this stinks.

Chris Wheal said...

I walk my dog through Hilly Fields and Ladywell Fields most mornings and often at other times too. The cafe in Hilly Fields is always either open or just opening, depending how early I go. The cafe in Ladywell Fields isn't. It is still closed on the way back (after 9am). The cafe in Hilly Fields has better food and coffee, serves tea in cups not styrofoam cups, has wifi, opens longer hours, is busier.... I could go on.

Maybe there's no demand for a Hilly Fields-style cafe in Ladywell Fields and the new tenants will struggle, fail and Glen can come back and run the service that he has worked out accurately is appropriate for Ladywell Fields.

He certainly has more competition locally, with the high-class cafes in Ladywell village.

LV Baby said...

I'm v pleased about this news, hopefully Prince Charles be visiting the cafe when it is open as he did with the cafe of good hope. All proceeds will go to the Jimmy Mizen foundation so local youth projects which is a good cause.

terrencetrentderby said...

Tell Glen that.

Arry said...

Lets all cry for Glen and feel miserable about the news.

NAT said...

Bet you never went there.

Dwayne said...

I agree.

NAT said...

His prese
nce in Ladywell fields was welcome, individual, and no matter how unaccomadating to the current orthodoxy of how cafes should be in parks, valued by his customers. You Wheal may think you represent the cutting edge, or perhaps the shape of things to come.

NAT said...

Lets cry for your talents as a poster.

Get Real in Ladywell said...

Glen has done a great job but if, as suggested, he was unable to stump up the capital to undertake the works necessary to upgrade the café to an all-year-round, weatherproof space then its hardly a surprise to find that another operator has been successful. This has to be primarily about the interests of Park users, surely?

Get Real in Ladywell said...

If the Café of Good Hope model is followed then there will be jobs for local young people. Sounds pretty good to me.

NAT said...

The interests of the market are a given. Just a thought: for the new cafe. Could its permission possibly involve an underground/overground parking system for baby buggies in a stacked parking system so that middle aged fuddy duddies whose leisure time is limited to five or six hours a day can get to the counter in that timespan?

Headhunter said...

It's a shame but the Ladywell cafe (possibly for want of funds) was stuck in the 1970s/80s - drinks in polystyrene cups, cheap decor and short opening hours. Cafes have moved on since then and it's about time that this cafe got a boost like the rest of Ladywell and Brockley...

GoLadywell! said...

i'm looking forward to trying the new cafe. really like the cafe of good hope and pistachios in hilly fields so something a bit more like that would be great. the old cafe was good for buying an ice cream from in the summer, but not really somewhere i'd want to stay and linger. and more opportunities for local young people sounds like a great idea.

Arry said...

Calm down dear.

terrencetrentderby said...

Who the hell is Glen!?

I'm Still Stondon said...

There seems to be a lot of negative feedback in defence of Glen, but surely this is a more positive outcome than others?! I'm afraid I never met Glen and I'm sure he's a lovely bloke, part of the community etc., and it's a shame that he has to go...but surely as a replacement this is good news - it could be awfully worse. JMF is a great organisation, Cafe of Good Hope has lovely friendly service (and is dog friendly!) and great community events and fundraisers for local people, and the Mizens are absolutely wonderful people. I've met both Barry and Margaret at their events before and they are spectacularly model citizens for a local community, really moving people for turning personal tragedy into something so positive. Three sincere cheers to this Glen fella and best of luck in the future for him, but let's also celebrate the outcome, that it won't be a cafe of snobbery or some soulless chain-type place. Whaddya say?

Gavin said...

Nah. Someone still lost their living...and I don't buy the 'but it's going to be for a good cause' argument. When no-one wanted to run a cafe there he did it; and he should have been given a chance to update or improve if it had been proved that he wasn't meeting local needs, without being put in a competitive situation.

Get Real in Ladywell said...

Glen is a thoroughly decent chap, but he DID have the opportunity to invest in the café both before and during the current bidding process. Yes, he has lost his business, but this was only ever a short-term lease to which Glen had no long-term entitlement. Someone else has now put forward a better proposal and there will be jobs for others. Jobs are not sinecures - we all have to demonstrate our worth on a daily basis, don't we?

glen4eva said...

A man fitting Glen's description has self immolated outside the cafe. I hope you all choke on your latte's.

Dobbie said...

I say let's back Glen for Mayor of Lewisham, hell why not even Mayor of London after his achievements at the Ladywell cafe hut.

Bobby Sands said...

I agree. We should build a shrine after his recent martyrdom.

Local Poetry said...

A poem for Glen



Your name is Glen

You served the community well

With your reasonably priced tea
and cake



But sadly you could not compete

The locals demanded artisan
Less honest fare

Your supporters were silenced



They stabbed you in the back

And put you on the scrap heap



Gone but not forgotten

Memory of a better era

Before they came and demanded
lattes

Brockley Nick said...

Perhaps we could put that in yellow lettering, under a bridge

Magic Geoff said...

What a strange response to a normal business practice - lease comes up, people bid for it.


Anwyay, so many people speaking on Glen's behalf - perhaps a BC journalist could go and find him for an interview or at least a quote or two. Otherwise we're just second guessing.

Mark said...

I hear that the Cafe of Good Hope will be taking over the café in Mountsfield Park; this was no subjected to an open competition.

Hugh Shrapnel said...

I am disgusted that Glen has been thrown out. He was very popular and his food was inexpensive but good.

terrencetrentderby said...

Honest locals and their honest hearty fare are the biggest victims of the aggressive gentrification project, with this blog as the vanguard. #justice4glen

terrencetrentderby said...

Maybe some kind of Northern Ireland Republican public mural of Glen's face, you know the ones those terrorists paint on the side of houses. Can be painted over that one of Floella Benjamin on the MOT garage, some scumbags have already started defacing it anyway.

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