A great project for Crewe
The community kitchen garden at St Barnabas' Church Hall, Crewe, is now operating successfully after organisers managed to secure almost £60,000 in funding from the National Lottery, reports STEPHEN REGAN.
The project – run by the Enterprise and Education Alliance (a not-for-profit social organisation) – offers locally-grown organic food to local families at low cost. It also teaches basic skills such as budgeting and managing money, communication and other life skills.
St Barnabas’ offered the lawn at its church hall for use by the project as a secure place for the local community to develop the kitchen garden.
Parishioners, Churchwardens and the Vicar, Father Ralph Powell, have all been very supportive of the project. Bishop John Gaisford visited and blessed the site on St Barnabas’ Day back in June.
Lesley Bakkers-Christiansen, the community kitchen garden’s development leader, said: “We are delighted to be able to work together with our local community to create this tremendous life-affirming facility.”
The garden (pictured) has strong support from Cheshire East Council ‘s Partnerships Team and links with local schools, special schools and disabled groups.
Lesley says the project is already a success but there is scope for extending its services further and she and the team are investigating that.
If anyone would like to find out more about how the community kitchen garden works, perhaps with a view to setting up a similar project, then Lesley would be happy to talk about it. Phone her on 07949 240371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org