History Way Inn Christian Trust    Way Inn (Berkhamsted) Ltd
The Way Inn started out of a vision by Marnie Taylor which was voiced at an ecumenical prayer and bible study group in 1987. She wrote a letter to Berkhamsted Council of Churches on 28th January 1988. It stated that: There was a need for a 'Pastoral Centre' in Berkhamsted with a listening ear and run by an ecumenical staff. This was an additional need supporting the churches in the town. There was a strong need to support local people on a day to day basis whether they are young or older and to give them time, care and attention. The original plan, in 1988, was for a coffee shop with limited retail space operating in leased premises. After a leap of faith, the Trust acquired a freehold property together with the Berkhamsted Post Office franchise, which, it was planned, would provide financial stability for the venture. The Way Inn was opened in September 1990 trading through a limited company, Way Inn (Berkhamsted) Ltd operating the Post Office, a Coffee Shop and a Christian Book Shop. Within a year it was seen that there was a deep need for a referral service of trained counsellors in addition to the “listening ear” being provided. Our Christian Counselling Service was therefore initiated. Attempts to establish an appropriate meeting place for youth within the building proved unsuccessful so a new charity was set up to create a Foyer Project in a disused pub, The Swan,  in Berkhamsted. This charity still flourishes today under its own management. As the town grew so did the custom at the Way Inn allowing us to take on paid staff and train those unemployed or disadvantaged. Recently a complete refurbishment of the premise took place and dramatic changes occurred in the outreach as a result.  The loss making coffee shop was closed and the space used as an Art Gallery for exhibitions and sales of local artist. The Christian Bookshops maintained its presence and outreach despite many other such enterprises failing and closing. The Christian Counselling Service continues to expand. Our out of work programme for the young and disadvantaged continues. The premises have become a collection and distribution agency for the Dacorum Foodbank. Our vision is very simply: - To be a Christian Light in the High Street 
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268 High St, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 1AQ
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