Make Board Cafe Bar Covid Secure

by Karen Longhurst in Newport, England, United Kingdom

Make Board Cafe Bar Covid Secure

Total raised £5,535

raised so far



To continue offering a safe, social space, Board will need some major changes to the layout and operational aspects of our business.

by Karen Longhurst in Newport, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 30th June 2020 we'd raised £5,515 with 70 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we manage to raise extra above our original target, we would love to expand our SEN games and activities.  This would allow us to provide more activities and support to carers and families of people with additional needs.

1590856485_1590856480950.jpegWe opened Board in August 2019 with the idea of creating a safe, inclusive and fun social space.  We had no idea just how much everyone would embrace it, and the diverse, amazing audience we would reach.  We have groups attending our social nights who would normally not go out.  Brave adventurers setting out on Dungeons & Dragons quests together.  Groups of friends using Board as a weekly hangout to see each other.  

We got off to a flying start, with some amazing theme nights, incredible seasonal parties and fab fun school holiday sessions.  In February 2020, after public nominations, we were awarded the prestigious Best New Business 

A picture containing table, man, woman, food  Description automatically generatedaward at the Isle of Wight Radio Best In Business awards.

Sadly, as with everywhere else, we came to an abrupt close on 19th March due to the global coronavirus pandemic. 

However, unlike most other cafes and restaurants, the entire premise of Board is to socialise.  We aren't able to offer the Board experience with the current set up we have, and will need to make some major changes to be able to reopen successfully.

We've been extremely careful, budgeted to utilise the government grant and furlough scheme to ensure that there is a premises to reopen, and our amazing staff members will be there when we return.  We've worked like crazy while we were shut to ensure we have supported ourselves (cakes to your door anyone??) so we aren't looking for money to support the running of Board, but we are desperate to find a way to reopen.

Among other things, our plans to ensure a safe reopening include:

  • Moveable clear partitions to create booths
  • Enhanced PPE for our staff
  • The availability of gloves and sanitiser for customers to change as frequently as they desire while playing games
  • A new digital ordering system so food, drink and games are delivered straight to your table
  • Expansion into our new, upstairs space, The Board Room, allowing us to remove seating downstairs and create more space between tables.Medical grade UV Sanitizer equipment to sterilise game pieces
  • Purchasing multiples of popular games to allow a 72+ hour retirement after playing
  • Installation of ventilation systems to allow air removal in the main café area


A person standing in front of a store  Description automatically generatedUnfortunately this all comes with a cost, and while we have worked hard to raise the money ourselves, we are currently around £4500 short of what we will need to complete everything to make the café viable as a covid secure environment.

We are aiming to open early August, but will be running a series of pre reopening events, effectively private parties where you book a ticket in advance by pledging £30 or more to us here!   For this you will get:

  • A seat at one of our VIP events
  • A 3 course meal, which you will be able to choose in advance
  • A welcome drink of your choice
  • Wine, beer or a soft drink during your meal
  • Pre-booking of a game of your choice. 

We will also be running some prize draws and competitions at the event.

A pledge of £5 will get you a free gaming session, while £10 will get you a gaming session and drink of your choice!


We can’t wait to open and with your help hope to do this sooner rather than later!




This project offered rewards

£30 or more

£30 VIP Event

Pledge £30 today and we'll reward you with... • A seat at one of our VIP events • A 3 course meal, which you will be able to choose in advance • A welcome drink of your choice • Wine, beer or a soft drink during your meal • Pre-booking of a game of your choice

£3 or more

Wall of fame entry

Your name on our wall of fame! Show the world you've supported Board!

£5 or more

£5 FUTURE...

Pledge £5 today and we'll reward you with... A gaming session on us!

£5 or more

Pin Badge and Take Away Coffee

Receive one of our Board Superstar pin badges and a take away coffee! For a fiver!

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Have a drink and gaming session on us when we reopen!

£10 or more

Afternoon tea at home or in Board

Afternoon tea for one, delivered to your home asap or to enjoy in Board when we reopen. 2 fruit scones Tiptree Jam Roddas Clotted Cream Vanilla Cupcak

£15 or more

Deluxe Afternoon Tea

Deluxe afternoon tea for 1, including: 2 fruit scones Roddas clotted cream Tiptree raspberry jam Twinings English Breakfast Tea Butter Vanilla cupcake Brownie slab Lemon Curd blondie slab Cookie bar slab This is available delivered to your home now, or as a treat when we reopen

£45 or more

Board Hoodie

Grab yourself a fab Board Work Hard Play Harder hoodie, together with a games session for a pledge of £45

£100 or more

£100 superstars

VIPPledge £100 today and we'll reward you with... VIP Event access for 2, unlimited games sessions for 2 months, and a table named after you! Our VIP session will include • 2 seats at one of our VIP events • A 3 course meal, which you will be able to choose in advance • A welcome drink of your choice • Wine, beer or a soft drink during your meal • Pre-booking of a game of your choice

£150 or more

Host a games night

Host a games night at Board, in our private Board Room for up to 12 people. Unlimited games, drink on arrival and individual grazing snack bowls

£500 or more

Venue private hire

Private hire of the entire venue, including hosted games tables, hot food, welcome drinks and entertainment for up to 28 people.

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