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Church’s delight at refurbished kitchen

The Pastor of Hope Church in Oldbury has thanked local housebuilder and refurbishment specialist Lovell who have transformed the kitchen in the Church with a complete refit.

The work was done for free through Sandwell Council’s Hands-on-Help scheme, which sees the Council’s housing refurbishment contractors offering their services to good causes in the communities in which they work.

Hope Church’s Pastor, Dave Hancox, said: “Lovell have done a fantastic job, and we are very, very grateful. The tired old 1980s-style kitchen has been completely transformed. These new facilities will now enable us to open a luncheon club for local elderly people and also provide some structured catering training for young people.”

Pastor Dave Hancox, with Lovell’s: Project Manager Andy Taylor, Site Manager Paul Bleakley and Kitchen Fitter Michael Miles.

The kitchen transformation includes: new cupboards, worktops, tiles, electrical wiring, switches and plugs, sinks, taps and plumbing, flooring and paint. Lovell provided all the materials and labour for the project.

Lovell is one of the contractors working on refurbishing council homes in the area. Andy Taylor, Project Manager for Lovell, added:

“When we work in a community – especially for as long as we’ve worked in the borough of Sandwell – we really like to get involved and become a part of it. Being able to help out at Hope Church has been really rewarding for us and it’s great to know just how much difference this work will make and what it means to the Church and the people who use it.

“We’re particularly delighted the new kitchen will be used for providing catering training for young people. As a company we believe strongly in the value of investing in high quality training for our young people, so we see this move from the Church as an incredibly positive step.”

Apart from worship, Hope Church is used for a wide range of community events and groups, including: a dance group, over-50s Keep Fit, 11-25s sports club, indoor bowls, parent and toddler group and Ladies Circle.

Lovell, Vinci, Wates Living Space and Keepmoat are the four contractors working on the home refurbishments in Sandwell and all partners have signed up to the Hands-on-Help scheme, whereby community projects around the borough benefit from free labour and materials to transform their buildings or surroundings.  Applications from voluntary, community or not-for-profit groups can be made now, with the closing date for the latest round of the scheme being Friday 15 July. Go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/handsonhelp for more details.