Something great has been cooking in Newcastle
Updated: Mar 2
After lots of delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic and rising inflation, we are so pleased to see how much our members and their families are enjoying using the new space, which is now in use five days a week and has already led to some exciting collaborations.
For example, our friends at the Men’s Group at Beamish are busy creating wood carved panels to decorate the serving hatch between the kitchen and the new cafe space next door, and we're due to welcome a group of students from Walker Riverside Academy, who'll be using the kitchen to create a ‘pop up’ restaurant for our members, who are planning a fun workshop experience of their own design in return!
The new facility has five independent cooking areas, fully equipped with utensils, pots and pans, and each with its own hob and oven. One of our members, Millie, who is 10, said: "It’s so big. You can have 10 people cooking and someone making cups of tea at the same time!”
We owe a huge thank you to a great number of people and organisations for helping us get our new kitchen open, not least our Board of Trustees and in particular Kath Davidson, who has championed the project from the beginning.
Our thanks go as well to funders and contributors including:
The Sage Foundation
The RW Mann Trust
The Procter and Gamble Fund at The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
The Virgin Money Foundation at The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
The Rothley Trust, and
The Percy Bilton Charity.