Cooking up some memories at Bedford Charter House

The 79-year-old was invited to look around the new kitchens

By Holly Patel
Thursday, 12th March 2020, 3:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th March 2020, 3:08 pm

A resident of Oak Way House took a trip down memory lane when she visited the kitchens of Bedford Charter House.

Gillian Craig, 79, was head cook at the original Bedford Charter House in the 1980s, she was invited to take a look around the new kitchens to see how things had changed.

She said: "I worked here for seven years and we catered for 62 people every day.

Gillian in the new kitchen at Charter House

"The old kitchen was much smaller and we didn't have all of the latest equipment that they have today.

"We had a great team and I loved working here."

Both Bedford Charter House and Oak Way House are part of Bedford Citizens Housing Association (BCHA).

Gillian has lived at Oak Way House for three years, she worked in catering for most of her life, having studied cooking at Bedford College.

She loved baking for her family and still occasionally cooks her favourite meals.

Marie Taylor, chief executive of BCHA said: "It was lovely to show Gillian our new kitchens at Charter House and she enjoyed meeting the catering team.

"I hope that it brought back some great memories of her working life here with us."