Church in Willingdon receives £30k cash boost

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Trinity Church in Willingdon is celebrating after receiving a £30,000 funding boost from SITA Trust for a kitchen refurbishment project.

The church said it is working hard at extending its outreach support.

Over the past two years, the members have worked to develop an on-going programme of community based events, many of which incorporate social activities such as offering food and drink events. The church’s biggest initiative has been the lunch club - Trinity Diners.

Trinity Diners was launched in February 2011. It caters for local residents who benefit from a hot home cooked mid-day meal, eaten in a warm and friendly environment and in the company of others. The church said the area has a high proportion of elderly residents with many living alone. At the moment the lunch club operates on the third Friday of the month but the hope is to have both the facilities and staff to increase this, initially to fortnightly. The church said current kitchen facilities at the Hall are far from adequate with user numbers growing so rapidly.

To cope with the increased usage, ensure health and safety regulations are maintained and be suitable for use by the wider community, the church said new catering equipment is a must. The SITA Trust grant will ensure that a major refurbishment and modernisation of the kitchen can take place.

Jennie Macfadyen, church secretary and the team leader for Trinity Diners said: “The new facilities will provide modern, efficient equipment as well as enhancing the environment for all involved with the provision of refreshments in the Hall. We look forward to work commencing very soon.”