COOKING UP A KITCHEN
The latest upgrade to the Kirkgate Centre is a wondrous new state-of-the-art catering-standard kitchen and bar store, in a room off our ground floor community hall, the Egremont Room. The new facility is now known as ‘The Colley Kitchen’ in honour of one of our founders, Peter Colley, who died a couple of years ago.
To our great surprise, Peter left us a generous legacy which his widow, Barbara, also one of the founders of Kirkgate, agreed should go towards this improvement in what we can offer the community. Soon after we got this news, we learnt that another anonymous supporter had also left us a significant amount of money in their will!
Along with additional funding from Allerdale Borough Council, this has enabled us to fulfil a long-held ambition to have high-spec kitchen facilities at the Kirkgate. It will transform the way the Egremont Room can be used by the many community groups and businesses that hire it. And as it’s also our bar and café space on show nights and for daytime activities, it means our volunteers are able to work more comfortably, safely, and efficiently. Emma Heys tells us more in her General Manager’s letter at the end of this newsletter.
One of our volunteers, bar manager Hugh Brodie, project managed the installation of the kitchen and has done a brilliant job, so thanks Hugh, you’re a star! And thank you so much to all who so generously funded the work.
Interested in hiring the Kirkgate?
Whether you are a business, a voluntary organisation, a community group, a public service or a local resident looking for the perfect place to hold your activities, parties, dinners, meetings or events, please get in touch with our Operations Manager Katie Gentry on email@example.com or phone 01900 829966. You’re welcome to come and see all our facilities and extensive technical equipment in the Egremont Room and in the theatre upstairs before making a booking. There’s free wifi and we’re right next to a car park with 3 hours free parking. More details here.