After a year of fundraising and planning, Wymondham Scouts and Guides’ new kitchen is finished and open for business! The groups offered a huge thank-you to South Norfolk Councillor Peter Broome and the Wymondham Community Action Fund for funding the project.
Cllr Broome said: “I am delighted to have supported this project, as the benefits will reach so many Scouts and Guides in Wymondham. The volunteers of the Scouts and Guides groups do fantastic work to teach our young people valuable life skills and increase their self-confidence. This kitchen will allow them to incorporate healthy food preparation into their varied programmes.”
Left to right: Martijn Koster (Chairman of the Wymondham Scouts and Guides Headquarters management committee), Sophie Fallon (Group Scout Leader), Sarah Griffiths (Wymondham District Commissioner for Guides), Cllr Peter Broome (Wymondhan Town Councillor for the Wymondham Community Action Fund).
Martijn Koster added “As a parent of children who have attended Scouts and Guides here, I feel Wymondham is very lucky to have such a great Headquarters, and it’s important to make sure it can continue to serve us well into the future. Updating the kitchen has been on the wish-list for many years, and I’m ecstatic that this has now been completed. A huge thank-you to Peter, and to the members of the management committee for their hard work campaigning, fundraising and planning to see this through.”
The new kitchen has brand-new easy-clean units, a hygienic steel work surface and splashback, a gas cooker hob, a pair of microwave ovens to complement convection ovens, new anti-slip flooring. The electrical wiring has been brought up to standard, and fire safety equipment installed. Convection ovens and a fridge had been installed a few years ago.
All the work has been done to a high standard by Clarendon Kitchens in Wymondham and owner Darren Cox and project manager Jon Champion helped translate the vision into reality, and made sure everything was done just right.
The old kitchen was worse for wear after many years of faithful service, and had become increasingly hard to maintain, with damaged units and worktop, and a floor that could not be kept clean. The microwaves were failing, and the gas hob was becoming unreliable and was starting to give us safety concerns. The electrical connections were awkwardly placed, and the extractor was utterly ineffective. Even the fire extinguisher had reached expiration and was of an inappropriate type. This project was able to address all those problems, and produce a state-of-the-art kitchen that will serve this community building for many years to come.
This project was featured in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury of 9th June 2016, page 14:
This project was featured in South Norfolk Council’s LINK magazine, 2016 Summer edition, page 4: