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June 14, 2024

Why choose Steelplan Kitchens – A procurement guide

A community centre or church can never be complete without a welcoming, functional, hygienic kitchen. However, we also understand that installing or…

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Community centre kitchen colour wheel: Choosing the right colours for you

It might not surprise you that everyone has a different view on what their kitchen should look like. Whether it’s at home,…

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Durable kitchens – how do I choose the right one for my community centre?

Mess, wear and tear, consistent and prolonged use, steady foot traffic. These are just some of the challenges your community centre kitchen…

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May 2, 2024

Why community kitchens can’t rely on MDF

You know that your kitchen is at the heart of your church or community centre: that’s why it needs to be more…

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Summer fun: 4 ways to get the most out of your community centre kitchen

With summer drawing nearer, the promise of longer days, brighter sunshine and warmer weather are almost within touching distance – and those…

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Everything you need to know about water in your community centre kitchen

A community centre kitchen without water is like a car without fuel. That said, you don’t want fuel leaking all over the…

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April 5, 2024

Kitchen woes – common church kitchen problems, answered

Over the years, we’ve spoken to a lot of people about church kitchens, and a lot of the same problems keep coming…

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Kitchen Storage – making the most of your community centre kitchen’s space

The right storage solutions can turn small and pokey kitchens into highly efficient workstations. If you think your community centre kitchen doesn’t…

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3 Kitchen Design Hacks for your church kitchen

Renovating, updating, or installing a kitchen for a church involves some unique challenges, which require a unique approach. Here are three design…

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March 4, 2024

Kitchen Spotlight: PSDS, Reigate

PSDS provides support to children and young people with Down syndrome living in Surrey and West Sussex. Their “see potential, celebrate success”…

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MDF Kitchen Problems: Three things people get wrong about MDF and why it’s the wrong choice for your community kitchen

A domestic-style kitchen might seem like the best choice for your church or community group. It’s an easy mistake to make, but…

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4 Health and Safety Tips you need to know when designing a Community Centre Kitchen

Your community kitchen needs to accommodate a range of ages and physical abilities, as well as adhere to basic health and safety…

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February 1, 2024

3 Kitchen Design Hacks for your Community Centre Kitchen

Any kitchen should be designed with hygiene, efficiency, and accessibility in mind, but that’s especially true of church and community kitchens. Your…

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4 tasks that are so much easier with a Semi-Commercial Kitchen

Churches and community centres sometimes make the mistake of choosing a domestic-style kitchen. Unfortunately, that choice makes it harder to use, clean,…

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Semi-commercial kitchens – here’s how they benefit community groups 

Everyone knows the power of community, and there’s a good reason why the kitchen is at the heart of so many rituals…

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January 4, 2024

Ready for a new community kitchen in 2024? Here’s what you need to know

With 2024 just around the corner, now is the time to start considering your priorities for the next 12 months – and…

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Powder-Coated Mild Steel vs Stainless Steel – Keeping Your Semi-Commercial Kitchen Clean

When hosting events in your community centre or church, we all know it’s the food that truly brings people together. However, to…

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Community kitchen SOS: Problems you need to fix right now

If you don’t have the right type of kitchen in your community hub, wear and tear is inevitable. After all, with regular…

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November 30, 2023

How to design a kitchen triangle for your community kitchen

What is a kitchen triangle? The kitchen triangle is simply the concept that you should arrange your stove, refrigerator, or work surface…

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Why is a semi-commercial kitchen project the best choice for your community hub?

Renovating your community kitchen can feel daunting, but there are ways to make that a smooth and stress-free process. At Steelplan, we…

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What do you want to cook? Here’s the flexibility a semi-commercial kitchen offers you

When you’re installing or upgrading a kitchen for your church or community centre, a semi-commercial kitchen is the option to choose. It…

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November 1, 2023

Materials Matter: what you need to know about the materials in your community kitchen

If you are responsible for managing the facilities in your church or community centre, you may know that there are three must-haves…

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Kids’ Kitchen – how to make your community kitchen safe for children

If you welcome a lot of younger visitors to your community centre or church hall, you might have a long list of…

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5 Fun Social Cooking Events to hold in your Community Kitchen

There’s nothing that warms the soul like a good meal – food brings people together, and when you cook with friends, family…

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October 13, 2023

Here are 5 events you can hold in your new community kitchen

Have you ever wondered why Michelin – the tyre manufacturer – is the global authority on fine dining? It was a marketing…

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What is Steelplan’s free design and consultation service?

If you operate a church or community centre, you may know just how important a kitchen is to making your community events…

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Do you have these 7 mess hotspots in your kitchen?

Did you know that there is a difference between a messy kitchen and an unhygienic kitchen? If you are responsible for a…

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September 12, 2023

Things to consider when designing your church community kitchen 

Is a good kitchen a good kitchen wherever it is? Far from it. Take the kitchen designed for your home. Maybe it’s…

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Steelplan Kitchens – The 10 Kitchen Hygiene Commandments

If you have a kitchen that serves your community or congregation – or if you’re looking to install one – it should…

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What colour should my Community Kitchen be?

From youth groups and rotary clubs to church congregations and village hubs, no two community centres (or churches) are the same –…

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August 4, 2023

Stainless steel, Powder-Coated Zintec Mild Steel, or MDF? Which is best for your community centre kitchen?

When you’re choosing a new kitchen for your community centre, you might be faced with the choice of finishes. People are often…

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Installing a community centre kitchen – five common questions

Installing or upgrading a kitchen for your church or community centre often seems like a huge job. If you’ve never done something…

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5 myths about community centre kitchens

If you’re planning to install a kitchen for your community centre, or you need an upgrade for the one you have, you…

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June 30, 2023

Summer hygiene tips for your kitchen 

Your kitchen might well see a lot more use in the summer. With warmer weather coming too, you need to pay even…

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Case study round-up: 3 kitchens, 3 very different spaces  

What do a youth centre and a church have in common? Their stylish and long-lasting kitchens. Be inspired by three of our…

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Checklist: Warning signs and must haves for choosing a community kitchen supplier 

Not all semi-commercial kitchens are created equal. When selecting a semi-commercial kitchen supplier, you need to choose carefully. Here’s a handy checklist…

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May 30, 2023

Here’s why MDF flat-pack kitchens fail 

MDF and chipboard are readily available, lightweight materials that are regularly used for projects in the home.  Since you can put them…

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Steelplan – SLG Convent of the Incarnation Case Study 

Sisters of the Love of God (SLG) Convent of the Incarnation is an Anglican monastic community living in the beautiful Fairacres Convent…

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5 questions to ask when choosing your community kitchen 

Choosing a kitchen for your community centre should be an exciting process – after all, food brings people together, and having a…

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April 20, 2023

What type of kitchen do I need in my community centre? 

If you manage any kind of community centre – from a quaint village hall to a bustling ‘community hub’ in a city,…

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5 problems with flat-pack kitchens – and why only a real semi-commercial kitchen will do 

As homeowners, we’re familiar with just about any piece of flat-pack furniture, from tables to chairs and even kitchen units.  In a…

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Feeling overwhelmed by your kitchen project? We can help. 

Installing a kitchen is an exciting thing – but it can also be quite daunting, especially if you’re responsible for making decisions…

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March 16, 2023

The best kitchen for your community venue

Creating or upgrading the kitchen for your commercial venue is a game of balancing the books. You may find that as budgets…

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Kitchen spotlight: West Street Evangelical Church

Within this small church, its first priority is to make it a place for families to practice their beliefs and be one…

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Ranked: the materials in your kitchen

When it comes to designing your new community kitchen, it can be easy to be drawn in by the many different types…

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February 13, 2023

Holt Youth Centre

Providing a safe environment for young people across the community, the Holt Youth Centre in North Norfolk is the place to be….

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February 10, 2023

Make your pancake day the best day yet

Flat ones or fat ones, fluffy or crispy – however you like pancakes, the only way to ensure they won’t stick to…

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January 21, 2023

A Colorful Kitchen

When trying to choose a commercial kitchen, you may be forgiven for thinking that they would only have one look. You’re trying…

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January 20, 2023

Keep Spirits High in January

The festive decorations have been put away, the leftovers have long been eaten, and the New Year is a distant memory. This…

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December 20, 2022

New Year, New Kitchen

Did you know most people decide to buy and install new kitchens in January? Many homeowners take the ‘new year, new me’…

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Kitchen Spotlight: St Marys and St Nicholas

The church of St Mary’s and St Nicholas has been at the heart of the local community for centuries. Though its purpose…

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November 20, 2022

A Kitchen Designed to cover all events

Can you hear that? The sounds of the festive season are ringing out across your community. From choirs raising their voices to…

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Kitchen Spotlight: Hale Community Centre

The Hale Community Centre is at the heart of the Upper Hale local area. Fondly known as ‘the bungalow’, it has been…

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Flood Risks: Are you prepared?

In the UK, we’re used to the rain, but when the downpours start to outstay their welcome, many buildings are at risk…

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October 20, 2022

Who’s using your kitchen?

Volunteers are a massive asset to your community venue. They are the glue that holds your community together – allowing for greater…

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September 20, 2022

Tips for hosting events at your community venue

For many, the current crisis has shown one thing – communities are still vital. As we’ve learned from the Covid pandemic, pulling…

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Why should you open a community cafe?

If you’ve decided that a cafe is the thing your community needs to bring them together, then you will have considered some…

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September 14, 2022

Kitchen Safety 101

In a community space, people of all ages and abilities are likely to use your kitchen. Make sure it’s as safe as…

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August 14, 2022

Summer Pests: How to keep them at bay

When the weather gets warmer, a busy kitchen can become a haven for pests. Read how to keep them out. Summer brings…

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Make big plans for your small kitchen

No matter the size, your kitchen is essential to your community. Read how to create the best kitchen with the space you…

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Keep Warm in the kitchen

As the weather cools off, ensure your community stays warm with these great ideas to heat your space. Did you feel that…

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July 14, 2022

Your semi-commercial kitchen checklist

Not all semi-commercial kitchens are created equal. These are the things to look out for – and items to avoid – when…

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Tips for a kitchen in a listed building

A listed building doesn’t mean you have to limit your plans. Here are some tips for creating your ideal kitchen. Just because…

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Your kitchen: the home of the Harvest Festival

Discover how your kitchen can play a key role in celebrating the harvest with your community. The Harvest Festival is the highlight…

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June 14, 2022

Church kitchen SOS: problems you need to fix now

When was the last time you assessed your church kitchen for wear and tear? Read about the issues that you can’t overlook,…

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Appliances to help you cater for a crowd

Keep the tea and coffee flowing at your next church event with these small appliances that complement your kitchen. When your community…

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Designer vs DIY: how to get the most out of your church kitchen.

Some things are easier to DIY, but when it comes to designing a kitchen, you’ll get more out of your space with…

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May 14, 2022

Church kitchen inspiration

Every church kitchen is different – take a look at our inspiration gallery to see how versatile semi-commercial kitchens can be, from…

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Steelplan Q+A: “Do I need a commercial kitchen?”

Churches and places of worship are always asking us if they need to install a commercial kitchen. We’ve filtered away the fiction,…

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Summer fun: catering for a crowd this season

Food is at the heart of the community, and your church kitchen could be a hive of culinary activity this summer. Here’s…

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April 14, 2022

Guide: Using your Church Kitchen to Raise Funds

Fundraising is important for every church, whether it’s to support charities and the local community, or to contribute to maintenance and large-scale…

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Renting out your church kitchen

Renting your kitchen is a great way to raise funds and engage your community. Here are our tips to making it a…

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Your church kitchen audit: an easy-to-use checklist

Steelplan’s church kitchen experts share their checklist to help you make sure your kitchen is fit for purpose. If you have a…

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March 15, 2022

YOUR KITCHEN, YOUR WAY

Churches come in all different shapes and sizes, which means your kitchens do too! There’s no such thing as one size fits…

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March 14, 2022

Four ways to cook up a treat for your congregation this Easter

As Easter approaches, your kitchen can come into its own. Here are four ways to celebrate with your congregation and community. Easter…

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Ideas wanted: gathering input for your kitchen project [kitchen resource]

The best way to know what your new kitchen will need is to ask the people who use it. Download your questionnaire…

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Back together, still together: your Church as the centre of the community

Read about how your church can play an even greater role in your community, through fundraising, donations, and social activities. For many,…

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February 14, 2022

Your church kitchen project: Why, What, and Where

Planning a new church kitchen can be an overwhelming task. Luckily, our church kitchens expert Ian Badis is on hand to help….

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January 14, 2022

Three ways to raise funds for your church kitchen

It can be an intimidating prospect to find the money for a church kitchen. Here are three ways to raise the funds….

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How to make your kitchen easy to use

Lots of people will use your church kitchen, some of them not part of the congregation. Read how to make it easy…

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December 14, 2021

Gas, electric or induction hobs: What’s the difference?

There are several options when it comes to updating your kitchen hob. We take a look at gas, electric and induction hobs…

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Hygiene in your church kitchen: What you need to know

With the Omicron variant reviving fears around the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining good hygiene in church kitchens is paramount. Here’s our guide…

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Planning your new church kitchen? Here’s everything you need to know

Worried about upgrading your church kitchen or building a new one? Don’t be. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll take you through each…

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December 13, 2021

The 12 kitchen tips of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, Steelplan gave to me… some kitchen tips for absolutely free! Christmas is a time of joy,…

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November 14, 2021

How a new kitchen can help your church raise money

Do you want to raise money for your church? Here, Steelplan Kitchens explains how a new church kitchen can provide you a…

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Hot drinks: Warming up your congregation this winter

Everyone loves a cuppa – Here’s how you can keep hot drinks flying out the door this winter. Did you know that…

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October 14, 2021

4 common kitchen challenges and how to solve them

Steelplan Kitchens has the experience to provide solutions to any challenge. Here are 4 common kitchen challenges and how to solve them….

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Our guide to preparing your church kitchen for winter

With the colder months now drawing in, we’re here to give you a comprehensive guide on how to keep your volunteers and…

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Case Study: Chiddingfold Village Hall

Chiddingfold Village Hall in Surrey recently commissioned Steelplan’s services to transform their old, worn-out kitchen with new powder-coated steel kitchen cabinets and…

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July 14, 2021

3 different church kitchens, 3 different uses

No matter the requirement, Steelplan Kitchens has you covered. Here’s 3 examples of church kitchens in need of vastly different outcomes, and…

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How to prevent a pest infestation in your church kitchen

Insects and other pests can spread bacteria and disease in your kitchen if you let them. Here, we explain how to protect…

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Do you need more storage in your church kitchen?

Do you have space for more storage in your church kitchen? We give you the lowdown on our wide range of storage…

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June 14, 2021

Case Study: Brand new church kitchen gets the green light

A charming light green colour scheme is the tip of the iceberg this stylish new kitchen, which Steelplan Kitchens recently delivered to…

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Health and safety: is your church kitchen prepared?

Are you aware of the mandatory regulations surrounding health and safety in your church kitchen? In this blog, we’ll answer some of…

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Why a semi-commercial kitchen is the best option for your church

Why is a semi-commercial kitchen best for your church? Because it blends all the best bits of domestic and commercial kitchens, while…

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May 14, 2021

Case study: Another successful church kitchen transformation

Last year, Steelplan Kitchens helped a Poole-based church give its kitchen a revamp with sleek new worktops and appliances to suit its…

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Avoid these mistakes when renovating your church kitchen

The biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to renovating your church kitchen are all to do with one thing: creating…

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Community events: can your church kitchen keep up?

As the UK continues to open up, you may have already been thinking more about the kind of events that you can…

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April 14, 2021

How can I get the right appliance for my church kitchen?

Below, we answer the questions you should be asking yourself when considering what appliances you need for your church kitchen, and explain…

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The hidden cost of flat-pack kitchens

If you’re not buying from a reputable semi-commercial steel kitchen supplier, chances are you will be getting a flat pack solution. In…

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Steel vs Wood: How long will your kitchen last?

From initial investment to replacement, a steel semi-commercial kitchen is the way forward for churches that don’t want to repeatedly revisit the…

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March 14, 2021

Tackling loneliness: Incorporating elderly people at church events

Churches can be a positive force when it comes to accommodating lonely people. A semi-commercial kitchen can help support community events that…

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March 16, 2020

ADDING A CHURCH KITCHEN CAN BOOST YOUR REVENUE – AND YOUR CONGREGATION

The beating heart of its local community, a church offers much more than a place of worship for its congregation. More often…

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IS A DISHWASHER RIGHT FOR YOUR CHURCH KITCHEN?

If you’re fitting a new kitchen at your church, it’s likely that you’ll be using it a lot more than you did…

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RULES AND REGULATIONS: DDA

Above anything else, you want your church to be an inclusive, welcoming space for everyone in your church community. Chances are you’ve…

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CASE STUDY: ST NICHOLAS CHURCH, THAMES DITTON

The domestic kitchen at St Nicholas had served its purpose for a quarter of a century, but was starting to show signs…

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RULES AND REGULATIONS: HEALTH & SAFETY

When it comes to church kitchens, the boundaries between casual, community and commercial use become blurred. In many cases, a church kitchen…

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THREE TIPS TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT COOKING APPLIANCE

Unless your entire congregation is following a ‘raw food’ diet, chances are your kitchen will need some sort of cooking or heating…

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ST JOSEPH’S HAVANT

After nearly 50 years without a refit, the kitchen at St Joseph’s at Havant was starting to feel the strain. Call it…

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FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN RENOVATING YOUR KITCHEN

There’s something innately personal about a kitchen, even in a commercial space. Good kitchen design should always consider the needs of the…

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CASE STUDY: STOCKLAND GREEN METHODIST CHURCH

Back in 2007, Stockland Green Methodist Church began to toy with the idea of a major refurbishment. The church committee visited churches…

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TEA FOR TWO (HUNDRED)

Tea. It’s arguably the fuel that keeps Britain – and its church congregations – running. It’s the life blood of the after-service…

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THREE REASONS TO CHOOSE A SEMI-COMMERCIAL KITCHEN FROM STEELPLAN

We’ve supplied kitchens at hundreds of churches across the UK, from rural ministries to huge city cathedrals. Whether your church needs a…

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RULES AND REGULATIONS: FIRE SAFETY

When it comes to fitting or refurbishing your church kitchen, it’s important to make sure that fire safety is top of your…

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CASE STUDY: ST MARY’S CHURCH, BYFLEET

The team at St Mary’s has been talking about having a new kitchen for the last ten years. With their original kitchen…

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FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN UPDATING A SMALL KITCHEN

Think your kitchen is too small to be upgraded? Think again. A new kitchen could make better use of your space. Follow…

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KEEP YOUR KITCHEN ELECTRICS SAFE THIS CHRISTMAS: FOUR TOP TIPS

From fairy lights to mulled wine kettles, your kitchen will no doubt be filled with plugged in appliances this Christmas. So it’s…

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CASE STUDY: ORPINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH

Orpington Baptist Church undertook an extensive project, to rebuild and refurbish their kitchen to help it better support the long list of…

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COUNTING DOWN TO CHRISTMAS

Two thousand and sixteen has been a funny old year – a year many will people will be glad to see the…

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COMMUNITY MATTERS: HOW YOUR CHURCH KITCHEN BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER

No matter what’s going on in the outside world – and who knows what 2017 has in store – there will always…

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HOW TO COMPETITIVELY TENDER, BUT STILL GET THE KITCHEN YOU NEED: STEP BY STEP GUIDE

If you’re in the process of sourcing funding for a new kitchen, you’ll know that it’s not as simple as it seems….

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THREE OF THE BEST CHURCHES WITH HALL HIRE

St Nicholas Church, Thames DittonThe kitchen renovation at St Nicholas Church opened a door to new opportunities for the church. Since their…

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CASE STUDY: CANTERBURY BAPTIST CHURCH

With only a small kitchen, Canterbury Baptist Church could only offer very limited catering for its congregation. But after a refurbishment –…

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FIVE TOP TIPS FOR HOSTING EVENTS AT YOUR CHURCH

Churches can be used for all kinds of events and celebrations. From christenings and birthday parties, to flower arranging evenings and committee…

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RULES & REGULATIONS: SELLING FOOD AND DRINK

If you plan to sell refreshments from your kitchen, you might need to conform to stricter regulations. Find out if you might…

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4 REASONS A STEELPLAN KITCHEN IS RIGHT FOR YOUR CARE HOME

Steelplan Kitchens have been providing catering and day room kitchens for care homes for over 30 years. Here are four key reasons…

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THREE OF THE BEST…SMALL SPACE CHURCH KITCHENS

A small space needn’t hold back your kitchen renovation plans. If anything, a new kitchen could make better use of your space,…

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FOUR BRILLIANT WAYS YOUR CHURCH KITCHEN CAN HELP YOU CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY THIS SUMMER

Whether you’ve got a good church kitchen you’d like to put to better use, or are looking for inspiration to persuade your…

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RULES AND REGULATIONS: KITCHEN MAINTENANCE

When it comes to keeping your kitchen in good condition, it’s important to adhere to both mandatory maintenance and good practice. Here,…

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CASE STUDY: A POD KITCHEN AT HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, BRADFORD ON AVONv

A Grade I listed church built in 1150 posed a challenge for architects. But a unique pod kitchen had the solution… THE…

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RENOVATING A LISTED CHURCH

Listed churches: beautiful architecture, steeped in history…but not the easiest to adapt when it comes to your congregation’s changing needs. That’s not…

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March 15, 2020

FOUR QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE OPENING A CHURCH CAFÉ

Has someone in your committee raised the idea of opening a church café? Excellent! But don’t start stocking up on coffee beans…

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THREE CHURCHES SERVING THEIR COMMUNITY WITH STEELPLAN KITCHENS

A new kitchen can bring a new lease of life to a church. We look at three churches that have boosted their…

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THINK YOU CAN’T INSTALL A NEW CHURCH KITCHEN? THINK AGAIN

If installing a new kitchen at your church feels like an impossible dream, take a moment to read these three common misconceptions…

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CASE STUDY: ST PAUL’S, HOUNSLOW

St Paul’s Hounslow West had sat neglected and empty for two years before a local bishop’s mission moved in. A small congregation…

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BACK TO SCHOOL: EVENTS AT YOUR CHURCH

Whether it’s their first day in uniform or the step up to senior school, September is an important time for the younger…

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ST JOSEPH’S HAVANT

After nearly 50 years without a refit, the kitchen at St Joseph’s at Havant was starting to feel the strain. Call it…

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CARE IN THE COMMUNITY – CHARITABLE CAUSES IN THE KITCHEN

A good kitchen can support a whole host of charitable work at your church – from fundraisers to food banks to community…

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GETTING IT RIGHT: KITCHEN COLOUR

Steelplan kitchens are built to last – really last. Described as ‘virtually indestructible’ by one of our clients, these kitchens are robust…

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KITCHENS: MAKE OR BREAK FOR DECISION MAKERS

Increasing competition in the care industry has made kitchens, and the food they offer, a key part of the decision making process….

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RULES AND REGULATIONS: KEEPING YOUR KITCHEN SAFE

Making sure that your kitchen is a safe place is at the top of any church’s priorities. Here are a few simple…

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PLANNNING PROCESS

Suggestion BoxTry to get a feel for what the congregation and community want from a new kitchen before the real planning process…

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HOW YOUR KITCHEN CAN HELP THE HOMELESS

With a good kitchen, your church can play an even greater role in the community, supporting people from all walks of life….

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WHAT TO COOK WITH YOUR KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

What you can serve from your kitchen depends on the cooking & heating equipment you choose (and your volunteer’s culinary skills). Here…

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SAFETY FIRST: KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

If your church hosts children’s events – like mother and baby groups, after-school clubs, play groups or Sunday school – a kitchen…

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SPREAD THE WORD

If you’re investing in a new kitchen, make sure that you’re sharing the news with your community. Here are 6 tips to…

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CASE STUDY: OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE, WORCESTER

To say the church hall at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Worcester is kept busy would be an understatement. The church…

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CASE STUDY: OMEGA ELIFAR, YOUNG ADULT LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

Empowerment is at the heart of Elifar’s ethos. When they needed a new kitchen, they wanted a space that could be accessible…

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3 TIPS: CATERING FOR DEMENTIA

Dementia can have a big impact on appetite. Here are three tips for your home that could help you to cater for…

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WHY INSTALL A SATELLITE KITCHEN?

Independent living is an important part of any care home. Here’s how a satellite space can help your residents find freedom in…

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ST PHILIP’S, REIGATE

The briefThe kitchen at St Philip’s Reigate was a domestic model, given to the church second hand. As a temporary solution, it…

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SAFETY FIRST: STAYING OUT OF HOT WATER

Whether you’re just offering tea and biscuits, or hosting larger-scale catered events, every kitchen needs to have appropriate heat and hot water…

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SAFETY FIRST: WHAT’S YOUR POLICY?

Whether you have a kitchen in place or are in the process of renovating, now’s the time to address your safety policy….

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WHAT IS A SEMI-COMMERCIAL KITCHEN?

Need a hard-wearing kitchen that doesn’t look cold and institutional? A semi-commercial kitchen combines a steel frame with a domestic look that…

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SETTLING IN

Food is more than just fuel. It can give comfort and evoke memories, and for care home residents it can be an…

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CARE AT CHRISTMAS

Christmas can be a difficult time for residents, especially if it’s their first in a care home, but there are plenty of…

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RULES AND REGULATIONS – TIME FOR A REVIEW?

The role of your church kitchen can change depending on the needs of your community, but how can you make sure your…

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DO YOUR RESIDENTS HELP WITH HOUSEWORK?

The Living Well Through Activity in Care Homes toolkit recommends that residents be allowed to help out in the home – but…

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STEELPLAN KITCHENS: WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY

At Steelplan Kitchens, we have over 30 years experience designing and installing semi-commercial kitchens in care homes, churches, fire stations, schools and…

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TAKING A RISK: CARE HOME RATED ‘OUTSTANDING’

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Love it or loathe it, budgeting is fundamental to the success of any organisation – and an essential part of running a…

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With care in the community central to the work of Dursley Tabernacle URC, it was time to finally update their large, 70-year-old…

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With community at the heart of what they do, The Salvation Army in Harpenden needed to make big changes to their tiny,…

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Your kitchen can unlock new opportunities for your church – from better serving the community to bringing in much-needed funding. Here, we…

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WHAT WORKTOP WILL YOU CHOOSE?

Need the durability of a commercial kitchen but the comfort of a domestic one? Steelplan Kitchens made-to-measure worktops are the ideal solution……

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SMALL KITCHEN? NO PROBLEM

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