A MUCH-loved café in Waterfoot is now being managed by Rossendale Leisure Trust to secure its future.

The Trust manages leisure facilities across The Valley and also has a cultural arm which includes The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery and The Ashcroft in Whitworth.

Chief Executive of the trust Ken Masser said: “The Old Library Community Interest Company still has the existing directors and still has the same staff working, but we have been appointed by the directors as managing agents.

“We have introduced longer opening longer hours, now to 5.30pm and we are encouraging students to use it as a warm space to get a brew and food.

“For Waterfoot, this is an important community place and there are a lot of people in supported living accommodation in the area and we want it to continue to be a place that everyone can use.

“It has to be financially successful and viable, but that is not our main objective, we wanted to support it to make sure it was retained and open for the local community to enjoy.

“On behalf of the directors, we are supporting the operation, working on the finances and providing marketing assistance and helping to manage staff.”

The Old Library Café opened in November 2017, following an extensive refurbishment of the former library building, which had previously been Crystal Rocks tearoom. – Cathrine Smyth Media.