New kitchen opens at Saltford Hall community centre

Long-awaited new kitchen facilities are to be officially opened at Saltford Hall on Monday the 16th August at an unveiling ceremony.

The new kitchen has been installed at the community centre following several years of campaigning by local residents, the Parish Council and local councillors Francine Haeberling and Gordon Wood.

The new kitchen was finally given the green light earlier this year after Saltford councillors Gordon and Francine agreed to fund the project from their individual ward councillors’ budget. Under a scheme launched by Conservative councillors in B&NES, each councillor has a £4,000 allocation to spend on local projects of their choosing. Of the £8,000 allocated between Cllr Wood and Cllr Haeberling, £4,800 has been used towards the cost of the Satlford Hall kitchen re-fit.

The new kitchen, complete with brand new cooker and appliances, will be used by the local community, including for the Happy Chef’s Children’s cookery workshop.

Cllr Gordon Wood (Cons, Saltford) commented:

“Francine and I were really happy to be able to support this project and provide the funding necessary for it to go ahead. Saltford Hall is a real community asset and improving its facilities will allow it to be used and enjoyed by the local community for many years to come.”

Cllr Francine Haeberling (Cons, Saltford) added;

“Renovating the kitchen was something which local residents have been wanting to do for many years, so it’s great that it has finally now been completed. Whilst we have been able to provide the funding necessary for the new scheme, I would like to pay tribute to those on the Saltford Hall committee who have worked hard to see this refitting completed.”

In addition to supporting the Saltford Hall kitchen refurbishment, Councillor Haeberling and Cllr Gordon Wood have also used their ‘Councillors Initiative’ fund to help pay for work on the Brass Mill and basketball facilities in Saltford.