Lancashire village hub gets much needed new kitchen

Kitchens, from Ellesmere Port to Euston, are an integral part of family life, which is why the residents of Caton are reportedly in high spirits following the recent opening of a state-of-the-art facility.

The Victoria Institute’s new kitchen will enable locals to make much more use of the hub, allowing them to hold wedding functions, parties and events. It is hoped that the centre’s new found ability to host such festivities will help to pay for its running costs.

Speaking to the Lancaster Guardian about the new kitchen facilities, the secretary of the Institute’s council of management, Benita Smith, told reporters that the task of installing a new kitchen seemed impossible at first. She said:

“It’s been a massive thing for us as we’ve had to raise a total of £18,000. The community has come together to make this work. We’ve had wine tasting, bingo, raffles, and an Autumn fair, but what really secured things was an £11,000 donation from Asda’s Community Life fund.”

Businesses in the area, including Boots, BHS, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons all contributed to the new kitchen fund as well, as did many local enterprises. These smaller companies donated tombola prizes in order to raise money for the brand new kitchen facilities.

In 2013, to keep the Victoria Institute up and running it cost £29,000, but Ms Smith believes that it is important to do so, because the centre is one of the few places that local villagers can go to.

Posted by Peter
December 2, 2014
Community kitchens

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