Poppies Community Cafe – Blofield Church

Poppies Community Café, part of Blofield Church’s community outreach, is open every Wednesday of the year from 10am-12 noon offering friendship and company to those in the Mid Norfolk village who may be lonely and have no one to talk to at home.  

Norfolk feeds 5000logo243Poppies Community Cafe, which has been running for five years, meets in the old Blofield Court House in the centre of the village, allowing those from the nearby sheltered housing complexes and care home to walk or be brought by wheelchair. John and Elizabeth Stokes, who organize the weekly café, also cater for people starting on the dementia pathway by phoning to remind them of the day and arranging lifts.
Around 30 people attend each week ranging in age from 46 to 95 years. Everyone is given a friendly greeting and help is on hand to seat guests and carry their drinks to the table. A buffet of cakes, biscuits, tea bread and savory items is laid out as well as tea, coffee or apple juice. There is no charge for refreshments, only a bowl for voluntary donations. 

John and Elizabeth Stokes said: “During the last half hour we enjoy a sing-song of old familiar songs accompanied by percussion instruments which is great fun, so we all go home laughing. This is a great venue for meeting up with friends each week and for learning ‘to love our neighbour as ourselves’ as the gospel advises.”


Project: Community Cafe
Who: St Andrew and St Peter Church, Blofield
What: Buffet of sweet and savory items plus a drink, company and a sing song
Where: Blofield, Mid Norfolk
How many: 30 people weekly
Contact:  John and Elizabeth Stokes at or Rev Kevin Billson at

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Norfolk Feeds 5000 is a research project which aims to establish the extent to which the Christian community across Norfolk is meeting the simple command of Jesus to "feed the hungry".

Christian churches, groups and individuals across Norfolk meet the needs of the hungry and the thirsty every day of the year through foodbanks, free community meals, homeless projects, soup runs, Messy Church and other activities.
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