And we’re BACK!

Coffee drinkers of the world rejoice… the doors of Dock Cafe are open, the kettle is on and life is returning to normal!

Call in soon to enjoy your first Honest Cuppa of 2017…

And big thanks to everyone who joined us on a glorious baltic afternoon to start the year in style at our New Years Dock Walk

As well as seeing the sights (including HMS Caroline back in her berth at Alexandra Dock, sunset over the Titanic Slipways and a new moon over Samson & Goliath), it was great to give thanks for 2016 and get inspiration for 2017 with such a fab bunch of people!

(thanks to Chris & Alan for some of the photos!)

How To Start A Year

New Year’s Day Dock Walk – meet at Dock Cafe @ 3:33pm

The Dock Walk was how the Dock project began all those years ago – a group of people meeting to walk, pray, explore and celebrate the emerging Titanic Quarter every Sunday afternoon (even when it was mostly just a building site).

Rain, hail or shine, off we trekked… Could we have dared to hope, as we embarked on those first walks, that within a few short years we would be part of an Honesty Box Cafe, a Pop-Up Market, a shared Chaplaincy project, and the explosion of Life in the Titanic Quarter!

So a Dock Walk is the perfect way to start a year – and to get ready for whatever surprises, changes, challenges and excitements 2017 may have in store for us.

We’ll meet at Dock Cafe at 3:33 (where we shall return for good strong coffee at the end of the walk).  Bring sensible shoes and a decent coat and be ready to walk 2-3 miles on easy flat ground (the walk will take us all around the Titanic Quarter and into the old shipyard).

See you there!

That Was The Year That Was

Well, what a year!  We’ve served our last cuppa of 2016 (Dock Cafe is now closed until 5th January 2017) – time to kick back, relax, reflect and give thanks for 2016.

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It was a year where the world occasionally seemed to have turned upside-down around us – but where life in The Dock was full of heroes, hellos (and the occasional fond farewell), good laughs, good friends, good food, good ideas and good moves.

And last week we enjoyed our biggest-ever Titanic Christmas.  Candlelight provided 100% pure Christmassy atmosphere as we joined in carol-singing and prayer; Dock Cafe provided steaming hot punch and lots of cakes and goodies; Dock Market provided the chance for everyone to catch up on their Christmas shopping by purchasing some unique hand–crafted presents; and Santa and the Elves provided some wow–factor by arriving from the top of the ARC apartments, abseiling down the side of the building and then setting up in the Dock Prayer Garden to give out presents!

As always it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be at the heart of Life in the Titanic Quarter. Dock Cafe – with its unstintingly-amazing volunteers, its ever-friendly customers, its incredibly generous supporters – has been a daily miracle. Thanks to all of you who have been part of it.