Sometimes to move forward, we need to look back. That’s why Molly’s Pavilion is a nod to the history of one of Cheltenham Recreation Club’s most beloved members – Mary Eileen ‘Molly’ Cooney Harris.
Molly was the wife of William Harris, the founding Father of Cheltenham Recreation Club in 1913.
The Harris’ were the generous owners of Edensor, the grand estate on which Cheltenham Recreations Club was established. Molly, a keen bowler, the founder of the Croquet Club and gardener, frequently opened the house and gardens for charity. A doyenne of the community, she helped establish Cheltenham Kindergarten.
And when the community needed a place to come together, connect, and enjoy some friendly competition on the sporting field, they kindly donated some of their land. And in 1913, Cheltenham Recreation club was established, offering two tennis courts, a four-rink bowling green, and a croquet lawn for the locals to enjoy. Both Harris and Molly were lifelong patrons of the club.
Cheltenham Recreation Club has long been the heart of the community, and the café, set within the expansive gardens of the club, a perfect place to meet. When the chance to take over the operation of the cafe and transform the venue arose, Norths Collective Catering and Events embraced the opportunity.
It marks a new era for the cafe and events venue. The space has been redesigned to capture the look and feel of a Parisian café, giving it a new life as a vibrant new hub for the community and a provider of culinary delights. And it’s been renamed in Molly’s honour.
Just like Molly, we’re here to offer you a place of serenity, a place to come together, and a place that feels like home.
It might be Molly’s Pavilion, but everyone is welcome.