Pompey legend to open new community cafe in Portsmouth

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POMPEY hero Linvoy Primus will officially open a new community cafe at Milton Village Hall.

The former defender, who is a patron of charity Faith and Football, will open the Pure Ground Coffee Shop and Community Cafe and new extension at the Milton Road venue on Monday at 11.30am.

People can take part in a pilates and yoga session, curling for the over-60s, enjoy entertainment from LeSax, and browse the craft market.

The event starts at 10am and goes on until 4pm.

The project was formed thanks to a joint venture between Langstone Church, the Milton Village Community Association, and Portsmouth City Council.

The new cafe links together various facilities in the area, including the neighbouring park and library.

It cost around £97,000 to complete and funding came from several sources, including the city council, Langstone Church and The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded it £55,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Project manager Rod McLean, said: ‘The new community cafe is a great addition to the hall and we are very grateful to Linvoy for coming along to help us celebrate it.

‘It will provide a focus for community activities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, as well as a place where people can just enjoy a cup of tea and a chat.’

McNabb Laurie, of the Veolia Environmental Trust, said: ‘It is good to hear that the new extension and cafe are open.

‘They are a great example of how the Landfill Communities Fund and the trust can help the creation of important and much needed community facilities.’