Aroma – Serving Haxby & Wigginton Since 2008
The story of Aroma started with a group of people from Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church having a vision for a coffee shop right at the heart of the community. A place that would become a ‘Beacon’ in the local community: somewhere showing God’s love and where people of all ages could chat, laugh, relax and enjoy each others’ company — all with great coffee and freshly prepared food.
And that was the start of Aroma Coffee Shop!
After we found the right premises, we had to test coffee and tea, and choose food to serve. We selected fairly traded tea, coffee and hot chocolate as they enable some of the poorest in the world to receive a fair wage, and use locally sourced food because local suppliers play an important part in our community.
We first opened our doors on 8th September 2008, and have been providing a welcome and acting as a social hub ever since.
We are a coffee shop with a difference. Any profit made by Aroma goes to improving the service we offer to our customers and into our Aroma Community Fund, which we use to provide small grants to community projects.
We also support a range of community activities, such as:
Popular craft evenings — including paper-crafts, ceramics painting, card making and Christmas decorations
Courses run by the Family Matters organisation to support parents and families
A Dementia Carers Support Group, providing a place for all who care for someone with dementia to meet together, hear from guest speakers and share concerns
Sunday Afternoons at Aroma — On the second Sunday of each month, Aroma is open between 2pm and 4pm to anyone who finds themselves needing some company. No charge is made for a drink and cake, but donations are welcome and are used to support the work of Aroma in the community.
We have a large number of volunteer helpers serving in the shop and working behind the scenes. The many volunteers who wait on tables are also there to chat, listen and befriend. Faith is never far away for those who want to find out more, from invitations to local Christian events to more reflective thoughts on tables and displays throughout the year.
Aroma is professionally managed by our Manageress, supported by our Management Group and Board of Directors. A team of staff, and a large team of volunteers, serve, clean, bake, manage the accounts, maintain the premises and help make Aroma a place of welcome and rest. Aroma couldn’t exist or operate without our volunteers and we are very grateful to them and the staff for all that they do.
We are confident that, with God’s help and support, Aroma will continue to shine as a ‘Beacon’ in the centre of our local community and provide a quality and professional service to all of you: our customers.
We look forward to welcoming you to Aroma Coffee Shop. We hope you enjoy your visit!