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The Swing Café
Hospitality is very important to us at Colinton Parish Church. Nestling in a quiet corner by the Water of Leith, you can find a lovely setting to enjoy a coffee with friends or a bite of lunch. The Swing Café serves up coffees, teas and light lunches on Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm. You will receive a warm welcome from one of the 70 plus volunteers who make up the teams staffing the café.
The idea of running a café began on the completion of the building of the Dell Rooms in 1998. The purpose of the venture was to reach out to the community and open the doors of the church throughout the week for the benefit of the local people.
The café was to be a non-profit making venture and The Swing opened its doors in 1999. The name The Swing Café was inspired by a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson whose grandfather had been the minister at Colinton. Stevenson wrote the poem about the swing in the manse garden where he had played as a child. The location of the swing can be seen, outside the Dell Room window, in the old yew tree.
Our menu is always changing. We also have exhibitions from time to time in the Dell Room.
Teams of volunteers staff The Swing and, as the café has grown in popularity, any surplus monies have been distributed to local or national charities chosen by the volunteers.
We are always looking for volunteers to join our team and provide service with a smile for their customers. Team members usually work one day a fortnight on a rota basis from two to five hours. Tasks can either be kitchen based or serving at the tables. If you would like to join the happy throng of volunteers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0131 441 2232.