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The kitchen and catering team of a local community centre are celebrating the reopening of their refurbished kitchen, after the receipt of grants from local and national organisations and individuals. 


Mayfair Community Centre in Church Stretton’s kitchen is a busy hub, not only with meals provided 365 days a year delivered out in to the community, but also a busy café that is open Monday-Friday that serves affordable meals and light bites. Mayfair’s kitchen also caters for daycare clients who come to Mayfair each day.

Sophie Eades, Centre Coordinator at Mayfair said “our kitchen, although useable, was looking a little grim in places. Some of the units were domestic, so didn’t cope that well with the use it had, so handles had fallen off and drawers had broken – but we kept repairing what we had!”


Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Mayfair received the sum of £17,372 towards refurbishing the kitchen.  Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 55p from every £2 ticket goes to support good causes across Great Britain and internationally.


Another donation came from the Much Wenlock Forester Charitable Trust. The Trust were formed in 2011 for the ‘relief of financial hardship, sickness and poor health amongst elderly people in Shropshire and particularly in and around Much Wenlock’.


Mark Laws, Chairman of the Much Wenlock Forester Charitable Trust said “the MWFCT objective is to help the elderly who are in need. Much of the work at Mayfair Community Centre does exactly that including the provision of meals from the now refurbished kitchen”.


Mark continued “my recent visit to Mayfair confirmed for me that the Centre is a growing and thriving hub for a large amount of support in the community and with a great atmosphere of voluntary support”.


Centre Coordinator at Mayfair, Sophie Eades, said “we are so very grateful for the funds received to help us fund our shiny new kitchen. A huge part of what we do at Mayfair revolves around our kitchen and café”.

Donations were also received from The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust and the Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust. 

Image attached: Volunteer Andrea Green (left) and Head Cook, Rita Riley-Walshe. 

About People’s Postcode Lottery

·         People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally

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Health and Wellbeing Centre Pictures


Health and Wellbeing Centre – work begins

On January 4th 2016 the builders arrived on site and immediately set up a security fence and started stripping out the fixtures and fittings in the old clinic building on Easthope Road.

 The builders, PAVE-AWAYS Ltd based in Oswestry, were selected in July 2014 following a tender process. We are delighted that they stayed with us during the protracted negotiations.

The activities that were operating in the clinic in 2015 have been rehoused, temporarily until the newly refurbished centre opens, in Mayfair, a portacabin at the back of Mayfair, in the GP Practice and at Ley Gardens. We appreciate the support of the Church Stretton medical Practice and our partners at Shropshire Housing Group to ensure we keep these services local and accessible.

Whilst the building work takes place there will be no car parking on the road down to Mayfair or at the rear of the clinic or the Centre. I appreciate that this will cause inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. It is imperative that we maintain access for Ring and Ride as well as to the building site. We are grateful to Shropshire Council for allocating us some car park passes which will save us costs.

Since we announced the news in December that the lease was signed people have been coming into Mayfair with good wishes and the pledges they made back in 2014. The response has been heart-warming and we can’t thank you enough.

Nicola McPherson – Chief Officer



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