A NEW community kitchen has been opened to support vulnerable people living in the Chesham area of Bury.

The kitchen will be used for weekly lunchtime drop-in sessions and cookery classes teaching visitors how to make meals on a budget, as well as being used by the existing foodbank.

Chesham Fold Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) is the group behind the project, which has launched at the community centre in Chesham Fold Road.

Volunteers will be providing free lunches for visitors every Friday, many of whom are facing poverty or are socially isolated.

Cath Rowley, who volunteers for the TRA, said: "Volunteers have dedicated much of their free time and put in a lot of hard work to get funding and support for our community kitchen, which will be a valuable resource for residents.

"It was set up with the sole aim of providing ways to support vulnerable people locally, such as those in poverty or those who are isolated.

"We are so happy to be opening it and would like to thank everyone in the community and all partners who have helped us."

The new kitchen was installed by Connolly Ltd, while the oven hood was donated by Judith Norris of Bury Parish Church. Six Town Housing donated other appliances and installed the electrics.

The food served at the kitchen is being donated by the FareShare-Asda partnership, which involves diverting surplus supermarket products to people in need.

An official open day was held on Saturday with a buffet, bake-off and family activities taking place.