After over two years of planning and fundraising, the kitchen in Chiddingly Village Hall is being completely restyled and re-equipped.
The old kitchen had served the community well for over twenty years, but was showing its age. Fundraising events, donations by local organisations and individuals and support by the Parish Council had raised virtually half the money needed to embark on the project. But, even with the Hall’s emergency reserves, the committee was short of the funds needed to complete the refurbishment. Then, earlier this year, both Wealden District Council and the Big Lottery Fund came up trumps with grant offers of £4,000 and £8,212 respectively. This meant that the Village was able to strip out all the old wooden units and replace them with gleaming replacement stainless steel equipment, improve safety with new non-slip flooring and generally bring hygiene standards into the 21st century.
When the Hall reopens this month, the old crockery will have been replaced with a complete matching set – enough to meet the needs of any banquet, wedding reception or party using the Hall. There will even be a commercial dishwasher to deal with the washing-up at the end of the party.