The Chatty Café Scheme in Saffron Walden has changed date and time now the colder months are here.

Since the beginning of May, the scheme - which is part of a national charitable organisation - has been operating at the town's Waitrose.

Each week in the café a 'chatter and natter' table is hosted by volunteers Suzanne Andrews and Elaine Dockrill, who offer a space for customers to come and join them over a friendly cup of tea.

As of this month, the Chatty Café is now operating on a Tuesday morning from 10.30am until midday.

Suzanne said: "The Chatty Café is a great way of encouraging people to come together and enjoy conversation in a bright, airy and safe space."


Anyone is welcome to join the table and stay for a few minutes or the entire time, and the scheme offers an opportunity to meet new people in the community.

For more information about the charity you can visit or pop into Waitrose and speak to someone at the information desk.

The Chatty Café Scheme was created in 2017, and aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation, with around 900 cafés across the UK in cafés, pubs, libraries and hospitals.

There are also online sessions available for anyone over the age of 18, with information available on the website.