Woodford club gets lottery cash for new kitchen

The club's Jacqui Armsden, Wayne Judkins, Diane Linger and Hilda Desborough in the newly renovated kitchen

The club's Jacqui Armsden, Wayne Judkins, Diane Linger and Hilda Desborough in the newly renovated kitchen

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A social club in a county village is celebrating the opening of a new kitchen at its clubhouse – paid for thanks in part to thousands of pounds in a National Lottery grant.

The Woodford Club received £9,700 of Big Lottery Fund cash to renovate its kitchen, which was in a shabby state – and which, according to club officials, meant the clubhouse was unfit to be hired out.

The kitchen was installed more than a year after officials got the lottery bidding process under way. But they said the time and effort spent was worth it.

The Big Lottery Fund cash has helped pay for a major makeover of the kitchen area, including the installation of a new oven.

Secretary of the club in Highfield, Woodford, Wayne Judkins, said he was delighted with the results.

He added: “It was in a poor state. This has spurred us on to do up the rest of the rooms.”

And fellow committee member Jacqui Armsden added: “It was desperate. The grant was a lifesaver – otherwise we would have had to close down.

“You can’t encourage people to use it or have their functions here [with the state it was in].

“This has been a real overhaul – it was just essential.”

Lottery cash for the refurbishment was supplemented by the fundraising efforts of club members.

To hire the clubhouse for your function, call 01832 732600.