Mayor of London pledges £35,000 to build new open kitchen for The Old Bath Community House
The building is set to become a meeting point for Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino residents
· EDWINA LANGLEY
· 4 days ago
IN ASSOCIATION WITH The Old Bath Community Centre
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged £35,000 from his Crowdfund London project towards the development of a new kitchen for The Old Bath Community House in Hackney, it has been announced.
If the target is reached, the new culinary facility will form part of a new multicultural centre, designed to bring Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino residents together.
Built in 1932, the property was originally converted into a community hub in the 1980s by the An Viet Foundation, an organisation supporting the Vietnamese ‘Boat People’ – refugeeswho had fled to the UK following the Vietnam War. The House operated as a meeting point and restaurant right up until 2017, when austerity measures forced the Foundation to close.
With many of its members turning to the nearby Hackney Chinese Community Services (HCCS), membership of the HCCS swelled, and – in need of larger premises – they approached Hackney Council for permission to occupy the House.
A subsequent inspection uncovered substantial investment would be needed to secure the structure of the building. HCCS, in tandem with Filipino charity Bahay Kubo Housing Association (BKHA), won the support Hackney Council, who released £400,000 for the development.
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Their next challenge was to raise funding for the kitchen, a space in which to host cooking classes for locals, pop-up restaurants and lunches for the elderly. A crowdfunding campaign was launched and to date, it has raised over £10,000.
The Mayor’s grant – offered through his Crowdfund London project, which supports crowdfunding campaigns centred on community-focused ventures in the capital – has given the campaign a major boost, taking the amount pledged to £45,000.
(The Old Bath Community House)
However, with the target standing at £55,000, there is still £10,000 to go. The deadline is August 1, 2019.
“We are looking to develop a dynamic multicultural community centre, but the kitchen will really be at the centre of its services.” HCCS trustee Sarah Yeh said.
“The restaurant [area] will be central to our activities and offerings and attract Chinese, Filipino and Vietnamese community members… Our ambition is to develop it as a resource centre for all South and East Asian communities.”
There are plans to use the House as an events and festival venue to promote East Asian arts and culture, as well as a space for employment training, advice and support.
Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, said: “We’re proud to support this innovative project and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on the local community.”
If you would like to support the crowdfunding campaign, click here.
Rafael Joseph Maramag
Chief Executive Officer
Bahay Kubo Housing Association Limited
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