Love has poured in for the owners who will be stepping down from a Wiltshire cafe that has been credited for holding its community together.

Lisa and Mark Brindley first set up The Little Lunch Box in April 2019 with the aim of offering a unique sandwich and baguette-building cafe as well as other warm homecooked food.

But as the business grew it expanded into a full-time cafe and restaurant on Pewsey's High Street and the Brindley couple were credited as the heart and soul of the village.

In December 2020, the cafe was part of a huge community effort to donate more than 200 gifts to vulnerable families and ensure everyone got a Christmas meal.

Mark and Lisa Brindley (right) with Melanie and Jodie at the Little Lunch BoxMark and Lisa Brindley (right) with Melanie and Jodie at the Little Lunch Box (Image: Newsquest)

"We will all never forget how you held us all together and went way beyond to keep us all together during lockdown," said Pewsey local Theo Hunt.

"During lockdown, you were our hub," added Annmarie Martin.

"Many many good things happened in your cafe and you both worked so hard for the community."

But now, after more than five years of serving up breakfasts, baguettes and more, Lisa and Mark have announced that they will be stepping back from The Little Lunch Box.

"It is with a heavy heart but with total transparency that we would like to let you know that myself and Mark are looking at stepping away from the Cafe to concentrate more time on both ourselves and our family," said Lisa.

"It has been a total honour and pleasure to have been able to serve you all and we will ensure that we will leave you all in good hands, with whoever takes over.

"However at this time, we feel that this is what is best for us.

"We would like to thank each and every one of our customers for their continued support throughout."

Love and appreciation has poured in for Lisa and Mark and the community business they have built for themselves in the village, with many claiming the cafe was what "got Pewsey going again."

Although no official dates have been announced, the couple have confirmed that they won't be saying goodbye to their business straight away, and the cafe will continue to run without them.

"We will make sure we find someone else to take over who is passionate about the community and can bring fresh energy," they added.