New cafe in Shortstown aims to provide a space for the whole community to enjoy

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Friendly Nettle
Rasa and Joni will open the Friendly Nettle in January

A new cafe in Shortstown is aiming to provide the perfect space to bring the growing community together.

The Friendly Nettle Cafe will open its doors in January 2020 and owners Rasa and Joni have a vision to create a social place where people from all walks of life can meet and connect in a variety of activities.

They’ll be offering craft workshops, music events and book clubs, plus something special for kids too.

Shortstown has had undergone some dramatic changes since its foundation as a worker town for the envisaged Shorts airship factory in 1917.

The recent development of RAF Cardington has meant that the population has grown rapidly.



“Since moving to Shortstown we’ve felt a strong sense of community,” said the couple.

“When our first son was born it felt like there was nowhere to meet in town, even though we had made so many friends and the Shortstown population has exploded.

“Meeting that need is what led to the Friendly Nettle Cafe project.”

Located next to the other local shops including Tesco and the pharmacy, the Friendly Nettle will display the work of local artists on the walls, have a play area for children, host events for the elderly and provide takeaway and delivery food platters.

“We’ll be serving great coffee and using as much local produce as possible,” said Rasa. “We’re looking forward to opening in the new year, to help Shortstown residents beat the January blues.”

You can find out more and follow their progress on their Facebook page and on their website.