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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 August, 2004, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Community gets teeth into bistro
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A Cornwall community project is giving parents who do not have the time or the money to dine out a chance to enjoy dinner and have children looked after.

A community bistro, at Camborne's Trevu Centre, will open once a month.

The centre, part of the government's Sure Start programme, which works with communities in deprived areas, will offer a crèche for children under five.

Everybody involved in the bistro, including a local restaurateur, is giving their time free of charge.

Night off

Julia Harrold, who works at the Trevu Centre - housed in Camborne's old granite grammar school building - said she noticed that she and her partner were not getting out together because of the need to look after their children.

She said: "When you're a couple beforehand, you have all the time in the world for each other.

"But sometimes when you become parents you lose sight of each other, and it's easy to lose the closeness you once had and the ability to talk to each other. That can really affect the family unit."

Restaurateur Nigel Tabb has taken time out from his presmises in Portreath to give his skills freely and get the project under way.

"I just thought it was brilliant idea. Parents being able to put their children in a crèche next door and having some quality time together with good, nutritious freshly-cooked food was just music to my ears," he said.

At first it will open only on a monthly basis and a meal will cost about £5. But if it takes off, it could become a more regular event.

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