News and events News Cooking up a storm in new kitchen! The revamp of a community centre kitchen in South Oxfordshire is proving a huge success with more and more people set to make use of the facility. Both the church family of St Michael’s in Sonning Common, and the wider community, are benefiting from the much-improved kitchen. The project cost £12,725 and was made possible thanks to a generous grant from National Lottery Awards for All with support from two other charitable trusts. Tony Barry, chairman of the church finance committee, worked closely with the Diocesan development team to get the project off the ground and funded. The purpose of the project ‘was to make improvements to the community centre kitchen to cater for the needs of both the church family and wider community. This was needed to help create a more user-friendly, and therefore appealing, building, and as such bring people together and build stronger relationships in and across our local communities’. It now boasts quality appliances, new units, more efficient plumbing, new décor and flooring. One of the first events to take place following the revamp was the annual Safari Supper, an ecumenical social event, which was attended by over 100 people from the different churches in Sonning Common. Over £400 was also raised on the night for two local charities. “St Michael’s community hall is a wonderful place for family functions, fayres, parties and community gatherings,” said Mr Barry. “The new kitchen makes this a fantastic facility, making catering for large numbers much easier.” The Diocesan development team support parishes and diocesan projects to access funding through grants, trusts and other income generation. To date the team has helped to secure grant funding of more than £4.5 million for projects across the Archdiocese. If your parish needs the team's help please call them on 0121 230 6241.