MORRISONS stores across Somerset are launching a new service offering free meeting spaces to local groups.

The supermarket chain says groups such as new parents, charities, book clubs, craft groups and gaming communities can book tables, seating up to 20 people, through the Morrisons Taunton’s Community Champion in branches at Taunton, Yeovil, Wells and in Tiverton.

The initiative is designed to help community groups deal with the increasing cost of booking meeting spaces in local centres, after its research revealed that local groups typically spend up to £20 an hour on meet up spaces.

Helen Tordoff, head of cafes at Morrisons, said: “We’ve seen more groups use our café spaces as meet up areas so we’re delighted to formalise the offering and make it even easier for local communities to come together over a cup of tea and great food.”

Rachel Taylor, member of Horsforth Craft Group, said “Some community centres can be tricky to book as costs can be quite high and there is limited availability.

"Our local Morrisons café is perfect as it is free to book and there’s always good food and drink available.

"We meet there regularly to create our craft masterpieces and would encourage any other clubs to consider Morrisons as an affordable and pleasant place to meet.”

Meet up areas will be available in Morrisons cafés between 9am and 11am, and from 2pm until café closing each weekday.

To book a meet up area slot, groups can email Morrisons Community Champion with bookings taken on a first come first serve basis.

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