Chesham Fold TRA volunteers Cath and Samantha in the new community kitchen.

Chesham Fold Tenant and Resident Association (TRA) are opening a new community kitchen to support vulnerable people who live in the local area.

Volunteers will be running a weekly lunchtime session every Friday to provide a free meal to anyone who wants to attend, including those who may be facing poverty or who are socially isolated. Food served by the kitchen will be made up of items donated through Asda’s FareShare scheme, which provides surplus foods to charities and community projects.

Kath shows off some of the new kitchen at Chesham Fold TRA.

Regular cooking courses will also be run from the kitchen, with is based within the Community Centre on Chesham Fold Road, such as how to cook on a budget. The centre is already the base for a local foodbank, which will operate from the kitchen.

The brand new kitchen was installed with support from a variety of organisations.

Connolly Ltd installed the kitchen, following recent work fitting new kitchens and bathrooms in surrounding council homes on behalf of Six Town Housing. Judith Norris of Bury Parish Church donated an oven hood, while Six Town Housing donated other appliances and fitted electrics.

Chesham Fold TRA will be showcasing the new kitchen at an open day on 28th September from 12pm – 4pm, with a buffet, bake off, family activities and competitions.

There will also be a raffle to win prizes including children’s bikes, luncheons and a gift basket. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will also be in attendance with their parade pump.

The day coincides with Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning, with donations being taken for the charity.

Cath stocking up the food bank store room.

Cath Rowley, who volunteers for the TRA, said,  “Volunteers have dedicated much of their free time and put in a lot of hard work to get funding and support for our community kitchen, which will be a valuable resource for residents. It was set up with the sole aim of providing ways to support vulnerable people locally, such as those in poverty or those who are isolated. We are so happy to be opening it and would like to thank everyone in the community and all partners who have helped us.”

Photos: Volunteers Cath (left) and Samantha showing off the new kitchen, including the food bank cupboard.

Story published on 19/09/19

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