THEY’RE cooking on gas at Brighouse Rest Centre - thanks to a new state-of-the art commercial oven largely funded by the centre’s supporter for the year, IMI Cornelius.
The official switch-on was performed at the centre in Park Row, Brighouse, by IMI’s managing director Andy Hume before the serious business of providing around 50 three-course meals got underway with the assistance of cook Jan Marshall, assistant cook Elsie Wood and Tony Bielby (pictured).
The centre’s old cooker had been turning out breakfasts, lunches, teas and a range of refreshments for the best part of 15 years and was beginning to show its age.
“It’s been a great servant over the years. I couldn’t begin to estimate the number of meals it has turned out,” said rest centre chairman Holly Bottomley. The new cooker cost upwards of £600 and was funded by a generous donation from IMI - which also negotiated a substantial discount - with the balance coming from rest centre funds.
Mr Hume said the company was delighted to be able to support the centre. “It not only produces superb value-for-money meals but also acts as a meeting place for many of the town’s older people.
“It doesn’t just happen. Behind the scenes is a team of volunteers who keep the whole operation running. They do a fantastic job.”
IMI, whose factory is at Russell Way, Bradford Road, selected the rest centre as its charity of the year in June and launched the scheme with an afternoon tea for more than 100 volunteers and centre users.
The firm plans to have a team on duty at the centre during the next street market day on Saturday. “And we would like to take over the kitchen cooking up some special treats for the customers,” said financial controller Amanda Caldwell. “ We are looking at all sorts of ways we could help.”
Cook 1 and 2: Cook Jan Marshall, the centre’s vice-chairman, with IMI managing director Andy Hume
Cook 3: Jan Marshall with some of the centre’s kitchen staff, assistant cookElsie Wood and Tony Bielby