New kitchen is big help at hub

Photo Ian Robinson'Opening of the refurbished kitchen at The Victoria Institute in Caton'Benita Smith, Mike Kenny, Emma Finch and Rob Paine
Photo Ian Robinson'Opening of the refurbished kitchen at The Victoria Institute in Caton'Benita Smith, Mike Kenny, Emma Finch and Rob Paine

Residents in Caton are celebrating following the opening of brand new kitchen facilities in the village’s “hub”.

The new kitchen at The Victoria Institute will allow the venue to host weddings, events and party occasions to help pay for it’s substantial running costs.

Benita Smith, secretary of the council of management at the Institute, in Brookhouse Road, said the task looked impossible at first.

She said: “It’s been a massive thing for us as we’ve had to raise a total of £18,000.

“The community has come together to make this work

“We’ve had wine tasting, bingo, raffles, and an Autumn fair, but what really secured things was an £11,000 donation from Asda’s Community Life fund.

“Morrisons, Sainsburys, Boots and BHS have all helped out as well, and some of the smaller businesses in Lancaster have helped out with prizes for the tombola.

“Last year it cost £29,000 to keep the institute open, but it’s the hub of the village, and if we didn’t have it, lots of people would have nowhere to go.

“With the new kitchen we can now let out the space for weddings, events and birthday parties.

“We’ve finally done it!”