‘End of an era’ for Grantham tea rooms staff
A petition in support of staff at the tea rooms in Wyndham Park who have been told to leave the premises by the end of the month has attracted more than 1,000 signatures.
Cindy Sutherland, who only took over the Old Pavilion Tea Rooms from her late mother at the end of last year, says it is the “end of an era”. Her mother, Jenny, ran the café from 2007 until her death from cancer.
Cindy thanked all those customers and staff who have supported her in her short tenancy at the café.
In a letter, she also thanked the leader of South Kesteven District Council Coun Bob Adams, but said she was also “disappointed” that the council, which leases the building to Wyndham Park Bowls Club, was unable to step in and help her keep the business.
Cindy was served notice by the bowls club earlier this year to move out at the end of this month. The café building was constructed by Gordon Storey, whose name is on the notice served to Cindy.
She told Coun Adams: “I’d like to thank you for your support, but to also share my disappointment that nothing could have been done on the part of the council to help me continue in the business that my mum built up over seven years of good service to this park/community and the town.
“It’s a shame that as of the 30th of September all my and my mother’s hard work has to come to an end.
“I hope that in time the bowls club, the council and Gordon Storey see how much hard work is put in when running a business such as mine.”
Cindy gave up her coffee shop business in Brighton to come back to Grantham and run her mother’s business.
She is now looking for work in the Grantham area and says she wants to draw a line under the whole episode.
Coun Adams told the Journal that the council could not intervene and that it was a matter for the bowls club and the tea rooms.
He said: “I am very sad that the bowls club and the café could not reach an agreement to take it forward.”
Mr Storey told the Journal he did not want to comment on the matter.