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Funding cooks up a new kitchen in Longhoughton community hub

Part of the new kitchen.
Part of the new kitchen.

A new commercial kitchen has been installed at a village hub, allowing it to put an improved service on the menu.

The Longhoughton Community and Sports Centre Trust has installed the facility at its centre, formerly known as Westfield Park.

Funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, under the LEADER Scheme, has assisted the project.

The new kitchen will enable the Centre to offer an improved functional and catering venue for Longhoughton and the surrounding areas, providing sit-down provision for up to 80 people.

It is the intention to promote the Centre as a place for birthdays, christenings, anniversaries, weddings, conferences and workshops and it will enable the existing Warm Hubs Community Luncheon to be more adventurous.

Ellie Phillips, chairman of the Trust, said: “We are very appreciative of the LEADER funding that has enabled us to transform our catering facilities so that there are no limitations and we are pleased for the entire community to have these facilities in Longhoughton.”

The Centre is a multi-purpose building, providing the village hall for Longhoughton and both football and rugby league.

The building has a function suite of three rooms that can be hired, including the kitchen.

Outside there is parking for 60 vehicles and the Centre is licensed for the consumption and sale of alcohol.

There is also a children’s adventure area.

The site includes two turf football pitches and an all-season astro-turf pitch.

The turf pitches are used by Longhoughton Rangers Football Club, while the astro-turf pitch can be hired by any group or for children’s football parties.

On Saturday mornings, the newly-formed Alnwick Bears Rugby League Club meets there for training.

Trust secretary Adrian Hinchcliffe said: “Over the coming months, we will be promoting our new facilities and we welcome any inquiries.

“We have an online booking facility at www.longhoughton communitycentre.org”