New lighthouse to brighten up centre of town

Outside the new Lighthouse Project Cafe Shop in Sheep Market, Spalding, are Carly Elmer, Anna Bevan, executive director Jenny Tedbury, Katrina Mandell and Brook O'Leary.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Outside the new Lighthouse Project Cafe Shop in Sheep Market, Spalding, are Carly Elmer, Anna Bevan, executive director Jenny Tedbury, Katrina Mandell and Brook O'Leary. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Hope has arrived in the heart of Spalding with the opening of a new shop run by a charity for young people.

The Lighthouse Project in Sheep Market opened on Saturday and is run by clients helped by The Lighthouse Community which cares for young people blighted by domestic abuse, teenage pregnancy, homelessness and other social issues.

The Lighthouse Project Cafe Shop opens in Sheep Market, Spalding, with staff Carly Elmer, Anna Bevan, executive director Jenny Tedbury, Katrina Mandell and Brook O'Leary.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The Lighthouse Project Cafe Shop opens in Sheep Market, Spalding, with staff Carly Elmer, Anna Bevan, executive director Jenny Tedbury, Katrina Mandell and Brook O'Leary. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Executive director Jenny Tedbury said: “I thought for a long time that we needed a shop to bring God into the centre of town.

“But it had to be the right place and this unit came up where we could have a cafe at the front of the shop, a craft area in the middle and a place to sell gifts and clothes in between.

“We’re hoping to provide an environment where young people can get work experience, as well as a means of bringing in a bit of income for the project’s work.”

Launched by Jenny in 2006, The Lighthouse Project looks after young people with life-controlling issues such as anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, teenage mums with children and young people made homeless by family breakdown,

Clients with the project work inside the shop, selling hand-made jewellery, cards and cakes, but there are also plans to open a craft station where children and adults can have lessons in the creative arts.

Jenny said: “We wanted to be a bit more up-market with the shop and the purpose of having different things here is to give young people with the project opportunities to learn new skills and serve the community.

“We want people to come in, have a snack and make a donation.”