Sitting at the Happy to Chat table at The Grove, Blackboys, are, from the left, cafe directors Emma Doherty, left, and Sharon Burt, and guest Martin Harvey.

Thursday is Happy to Chat day at The Grove, Blackboys

People who are Happy to Chat are being encouraged to make a beeline for The Grove Farmhouse Cafe at Blackboys each Thursday.

A special table will be available for people who would like to be sociable and pass the time of day with others who would enjoy the company.


There’s an extra incentive to sit at the table – a discount on coffee and cake and a discount on lunch and a hot drink.

The initiative is all about bringing people together at the cafe which aims to be a community hub as well as proving good food and drinks.


If you fancy being sociable and meeting new people then look for the Happy to Chat table each Thursday at The Grove.

Other activities at The Grove include:

  • Monday, weekly – Get Crafty, 10am
  • Tuesday, weekly – Elevenses with Company, 11am
  • Wednesday, first of the month – Book Group 10am
  • Wednesday, every other week – Creative Writing

Check out new coffee too

The Grove is now serving a new coffee – Green Monkey Organic Blend.

The beans are from Cafe Femenino and supplied by Trading Post Roasters in Lewes.


Andrew Doherty gets ready to serve the new Green Monkey blend of coffee at The Grove Farmhouse Cafe.

Cafe Femenino was launched by women farmers in northern Peru who wanted to separate their coffee production from men’s, creating their own product and income.

Women in remote and rural coffee communities face a host of challenges that keep them trapped in poverty. Many of the isolated women live in male-dominated societies with little financial control or decision-making power.

Now the women farmers have access to legal rights to the land on which they farm, leadership positions within the cooperatives, financial and business decision-making power, and direct payment for their coffee, including a Cafe Femenino premium.


They have also noticed positive cultural changes, including recognition for the work they do in the home and on the farm, a reduction in physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, an increase in family incomes, an increase in men participating in childcare and domestic responsibilities and an increase in school attendance among girls.

Andrew Doherty, a director at The Grove said they were pleased to have found a great-tasting coffee through a local supplier and it was only later they learned the story behind Cafe Femenino.

He said: “It’s great to know that by purchasing this product we are supporting these women, enabling them to improve their quality of life, support their families, their communities, and educate their children.

• The Grove is also selling 250g bags of Green Monkey coffee beans for £7. This includes a free cup of coffee. The Grove is also happy to grind the beans for you.


Richard Burt, a director at The Grove, shows one of the 250g bags of Green Monkey blend coffee beans for sale at the cafe.

• Contact details for The Grove Farmhouse Cafe can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Cafes, Function Rooms, or Meeting Venues.

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