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.