A COMMUNITY cafe has announced it will close down after 13 years of trade this week. 

Bosses at Not Just Sundaes said the business model is “no longer viable” leading to the board of trustees make the “difficult decision” to close on Thursday afternoon, March 28. 

But it might not be the end of the world for the cafe in South Street, Wareham as the trustees are searching “for a more sustainable model”. 

A statement from the cafe said: “Over the last 13 years, Not Just Sundaes has hosted numerous community groups, community events and supported many individuals.  

“The community café truly has been a safe and inclusive space where all are welcome – remaining true to our original purpose.   

Dorset Echo: Not Just Sundaes in WarehamNot Just Sundaes in Wareham (Image: Google)

“We are extremely thankful for the hard work, faith and dedication of the management team and volunteers (both past and present) without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.   

“In recent years we’ve weathered the pandemic and cost of living crisis, but like so many in the hospitality industry we have struggled to make ends meet.” 

Trustees and volunteers are hoping residents can focus on the successes and “many joyful times” shared in the cafe. 

“We will still be open tomorrow Thursday, March 28 10am-2pm. If you are about and would like to come in and grab a coffee and sit and share stories about the café, we would love to see you,” it added. 

Ten years ago the cafe received a £50,000 grant to complete much-needed building works from Talbot Village Trust. 

Meanwhile last year the cafe, based in the restored 14th century Trinity Church, raised £1,800 at an auction. 

On the future, the statement said: "We would stress that this is not the end, merely a pause whilst Not Just Sundaes adapts to the changing world around us.  

“The board of trustees will use this pause to explore alternative business models and rediscover our wider sense of purpose, so that we can continue to support our local community into the future.”