Acomb community café is full of beans thanks to brand new coffee machine

Pictured with the new coffee machine at the Lidgett Methodist Church, Acomb, are Viv Chamberlin-Kidd, left, and Helen Fletcher from TalkTalk. Photograph: David Harrison

Acomb residents can enjoy an extra special cup of coffee at Lidgett Methodist Church thanks to a barista coffee machine donated by a city business.

York’s Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO) broadband service from TalkTalk gifted the machine ahead of a connection milestone.


People in and around Acomb can now connect to the full fibre network which brings speeds of more than 900Mb to the area. The network is on track to pass 55,000 homes and businesses early in 2020 making York TalkTalk’s first Ultra Fibre Optic city.

And thanks to the donation residents can toast the good news at Lidgett Methodist Church with cappuccinos, espressos and frothy hot chocolates during its weekly coffee mornings.

Vital to the community

Administrator at Lidgett Methodist Church Lin Hudson said:

  • Our weekly community cafés are vital to our community as they offer a welcoming space for all who want to come and be part of the lovely atmosphere here.

    Being able to offer good quality hot drinks to those who come along is a really important part of this.

    We’re grateful for York’s UFO from TalkTalk’s support and we’re looking forward to bringing more people together over a great cup of coffee!


Marketing manager for York’s UFO from TalkTalk Helen Fletcher said they were delighted to help.

“It was great to go along to the community café today to mark this occasion and to see the residents catching up over coffee and cake,” she said.

“As we continue to roll out York’s UFO from TalkTalk across the city, we’ve seen how important community hubs like this are to the residents and we’re so pleased we’re able to make a difference.”

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