We’ve got some exciting news!
We’ve donated one of our old showroom kitchens to the Greenhous West Mid Showground to aid its recovery after it was devastated by floods.
Before Covid hit last year, the showground, which hosts the Shropshire County Show and Shrewsbury Folk Festival amongst many other community events, was completely overwhelmed with flood water – with every single building affected.
The damage at the showground ran into tens of thousands of pounds and more flood water hit the site this year, causing further damage.
Meanwhile, we had an old kitchen in the showroom needing a new home and it has found the perfect location at the offices of the Agricultural Society and The Rural Charity.
The Rural Charity supports many local initiatives, including the Rural Schools Write, Read, Inspire Project which was launched by children’s author Lorna McCann as a way of enhancing and supporting literacy skills and creativity among pupils in some of the county’s smallest schools.
Abbey Kitchens owner Becky Hayes said: “We are delighted to help the West Mid Showground and The Rural Charity.
“My family and I have been to many events at the showground over the years and it is sad to see how much damage the flood water has caused.
“We wanted to do what we could to help. We are planning to renovate our showroom and we wanted to put this kitchen to good use, rather than recycle it.
“It’s so great it will be used as a real kitchen, supporting the charity’s work, and we hope we will be able to visit the showground again in the near future,” she added.
Going a long way to helping
Ian Bebbington, chief executive of the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society, told us: “We are so grateful to Abbey Kitchens for the new kitchen, which will save us thousands of pounds.
“The floods at the start of 2020 were absolutely devastating and then to be flooded again this year, in combination with the pressures of Covid, which everyone is facing, is extremely difficult.
“It’s wonderful that local businesses such as Abbey Kitchens are able to help charities out and it is much appreciated.
“We still have a lot of work to do to get the show ground back up and running but this certainly goes a long way to helping.”