Café couple Emma Nickson, and her husband Keith. 080218TV1-1
Café couple Emma Nickson, and her husband Keith. 080218TV1-1

A party to launch a new Art & Craft Café that has opened on Coronation Street Playing Fields, Balderton, will be held on Saturday.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm with Mother’s Day-themed crafts for children, along with regular craft activities.

There will also be a bouncy castle supplied by Events Unlimited from Kelham Hall. 

The café is being run by Emma Nickson, who is being helped by her husband, Keith, until it gets established.

The couple moved from Chesterfield three years ago with their sons Alex, 10, and Henry, 5, after finding their ideal home in Averham.

Emma, who had a career working with people in the community before having her family, said now her youngest son was at school she had been looking for a business of her own.

“I have always enjoyed cooking and when I saw this café I thought it was a shame nobody was using it,” she said.

The café belongs to Balderton Parish Council, which had been looking for the right tenants for some time.

Emma said she wanted the café to be a place that the whole community could use and enjoy, from families to footballers.

“It is in such a great place,” she said. “I want it to be somewhere that people can pop in for a drink or something to eat and feel very welcome.”

The café serves light lunches with daily specials, as well as home-made soup, and has a separate children’s menu.

'Stick and glitter as much as they want'

Emma has used her experience as a mum to come up with the art and craft side of the business.

She said she had always enjoyed being creative with her children and wanted to provide a place where people of all ages could explore their creative side.

“A lot of people like their children to do crafts but don’t always like the mess it makes in their home,” she said. “I want them to be able to come here, be creative, and be able to stick and glitter as much as they want.”

There are structured hour-long creative sessions each day at 10.30am and 1.30pm, with after-school sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as a 90-minute one on Sunday afternoons. Activities so far have ranged from crumpled paper printing to dragon fly sticks and pom-pom monsters.  

A valued member of the team is Georgina Alice, an inter-disciplinary portrait artist who has presented award-winning lectures over the past four years and taught fine and fun art to all ages.

She supervises the craft activities and is keen to set up new painting classes for teenagers and adults.    

Parents and carers are also welcome to attend with their children at any time and choose from the wide range of crafts available in the café.

Emma is keen to display work by local artists.

Three currently have their work on show — Jude Rawson who is inspired by the work of pre-Raphaelites; Suzanne Thomas, a garden designer who works in watercolours and oils; and Dean Angel, who uses techniques influenced by Aboriginal tribes.

Painting and art groups in the Newark area that would like to use the café for their sessions are invited to get in touch.

The café is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

More information is available at www.artandcraftcafe.com