SANDHURST town councillors spent last week's unusually fine weekend providing refreshments for the crowds who visited the Memorial Park.

The councillors acted after the controversial Coffee Spot closed and the park was left without a café. The Mayor, Coun. Audrey Shephard, Couns. Paul and Jean Bettison, Diana Pidgeon, Ray and Margaret Simonds, Sylvia Balls and the Bettison's daughter Clare laid on a service including tea, coffee, cold drinks, biscuits and cakes and were run off their feet. They eventually ran out of ice cream.

Coun. Bettison explained that the Town Council expected that the Coffee Spot would be up and running again in a few weeks' time. He said several people had already shown an interest in taking it over.

"In the meantime we shall be open at the weekends and any profits will go to the Mayor's charity," he said. He added that if Sandhurst Residents' Association, which was heavily involved in protests about the Coffee Spot's possible closure last winter, could provide volunteers as well it might be possible to open for some time during the week in the school summer holidays.

Mrs Shephard's charity this year is the Howard Stilliard fund, a trust fund for young people set up in memory of an Owlsmoor doctor who was killed a few years ago.