Cafe officially opened

28th October 2011'Official opening of the new nursery and cafe at Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Centre 'Pictured Staff Teresa Challoner and Anne Poulson in the new kitchen.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
28th October 2011'Official opening of the new nursery and cafe at Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Centre 'Pictured Staff Teresa Challoner and Anne Poulson in the new kitchen.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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A new nursery and a £135,000 cafe and kitchen at the Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Resource Centre have been officially opened.

The opening ceremony was performed by Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett on Friday and attended by representatives from organisations and charities that made the new facilities possible.

The existing cafe at the Wakefield Road centre was extended, giving easier access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The kitchen area was also extended to allow staff more freedom to cook food from scratch in a bid to improve health levels in the area and to enable a number of cookery courses to be offered.

The cafe and kitchen were funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Hemsworth Town Council, The Big Lottery and the Joint Public Health Service.

The existing nursery had an extension built on to it, which was funded by Wakefield Council, allowing the centre to increase the child places on offer from 11 to 29.

The nursery now has an extra room for childcare, a laundry, an office and a kitchen area.

Both facilities were completed in February and have been open to the public since.

Centre manager Michelle Rayner said: “The official opening ceremony went very well and everyone was very impressed. A number of people from the grant providers spoke about the benefits that the new facilities would provide within the community and then everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch that had been cooked and prepared in the new kitchen.

“We are the only childcare centre in Kinsley and Fitzwilliam since the closure of the nursery at Kinsley Primary School a few years ago so Wakefield Council thought it was worthwhile investing in our nursery. Both facilities have been really well used since they opened in February. The staff also did really well in keeping both facilities open while the building work was undertaken.”