Little Sutton Royal British Legion will soon be able to prepare and sell food after housebuilder Redrow stepped in with a major boost to the club’s renovations.
The Legion, on Chester Road in Little Sutton, is the only one in the area and sadly, over the years it has fallen behind in decoration and is in need of repairs. With the wish to bring the club back to its former glory, club president, Kathleen Friday, made an approach to Redrow for assistance with the renovations after hearing about the housebuilder’s Community Fund.
Kathleen, from Little Sutton, said: “The club is self-funding and we do not make enough profit for refurbishment. We host many local societies here such as Weight Watchers, Hooton Pigeon Club, allotment, military groups, firemen, the Women’s section of the Legion and the branch to name just a few, who all rely on us staying open.
“We also have a concert room which is used for parties and celebrations and so with new people moving in to the area, the club will be a focal point for many more people too.
“We’ve been reliant on donations and fundraising to replace various parts of the club such as seating and carpets, but something which was in most need of replacement was our 25-year-old kitchen which had no cooker!”
Redrow initially stepped in with a donation towards new carpets just before Christmas and then after hearing how difficult it was proving to replace the tired kitchen, they decided to cook up a new one!
Through a true team effort that has included site staff, sub-contractors, suppliers and apprentices over the last couple of months, Redrow has now provided and installed the brand new kitchen at the Legion.
Kathleen added: “The kitchen is looking fantastic and we are so excited. We are now applying for a licence to enable us to prepare and sell food on the premises. Everyone has been absolutely amazing and we are so grateful for Redrow’s support.”
Paul Cromby, area construction manager for Redrow, oversaw the project from start to finish. He said: “When we met Kathleen and her colleague Joan at our charity event at Christmas, we could see how much restoring the Royal British Legion means to them, and all those who use the club.
“Thanks to the community fund we have been able to lend a big helping hand by installing the new kitchen along with appliances, a new floor, lighting, tiling and outdoor sockets.
“It’s been fantastic to see the room brought bang up to date and we are pleased to play our part in supporting the ongoing success of the Royal British Legion in Little Sutton. It has also been a great opportunity for our talented apprentices, Sam Wainwright, Joe Nowak and Travis Wade to be a part of such a worthwhile project and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our suppliers too.”
Redrow is building at Ledsham Garden Village in Little Sutton, at two neighbouring housing collections, Oaklands and Sycamore Green, separated by a central boulevard.
It is a flagship venture for the house builder, set to cover 105 hectares to the north of Ledsham Road, which will eventually become a sustainable new community of up to 2,000 homes. When completed, the overall scheme will boast nearly 100 acres of open space which will include playing fields, a park and allotments.
The community fund is in addition to Redrow’s contribution, as part of the planning process, of over £13.3m to Little Sutton and the surrounding area which will go towards a new primary school, off-site school provision, new and improved bus routes, better playing fields / play facilities, and improvements to local shops and health facilities. There will also be 500 affordable homes built.
For more on Redrow’s homes in Ledsham, visit www.redrow.co.uk/sycamore
or call 0151 345 8414.
Redrow is extremely grateful to the many suppliers who offered their time, materials and expertise completely free of charge. Thank you to: Eurogold, without whose transport we couldn't complete, Moores Kitchens, Mears Carpets, Blue Sky Plumbing, Ceramtec Tiling, SG Decorators and PND Cleaning.
Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk
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