Community Baking and Music

Another great community baking afternoon – this time at The Diamond Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.  We had 20 bakers – 7 adults and 13 children – who, luckily for me, did not arrive all at once!  We baked the usual yeasted loaf and had some great results!

Of course it being Sourdough September and the point of holding these events I did bring some bubbling sourdough but in the end we just ran out of time!  That’s really a topic for a whole 2 hour workshop. We did have some taster sourdough loaves from Spelt & Rye bakery down the road in Hucknall and a couple that I had baked too.

We were treated to a bit of classical guitar from one of our new bakers, Anthony, who was also a chef.  In his own words he had never before been able to make bread but today he triumphed!

Thanks goes to Martin for also bringing us some great songs and fab folk guitar playing 🙂  It was lovely to have a sit down and social afterwards – and remember the origins of the word “Companian” – con pane from the Latin meaning literally “with bread” 🍞
Well done to all the bakers and here’s to the next one!

I would just like to acknowledge the following who have helped with flour donations to help make these two fundraising events successful

Shipton’s Mill
for the huge sack of flour they donated

Nicola, Community Champion at Morrisons in Kirkby – also for the bread flour and the packets of seeds 🙂

Paul and Julie at The Diamond Centre made us so welcome and provided us with an amazing space – thank you  🙂

Thanks also goes to Felix at Quiver Tree Baking 

I ordered these cool dough scrapers for the event and he knocked off a lot of money and gave me free P&P.  If you ever need baking equipment look him up and he is local (Chesterfield)  Dough scrapers are an invaluable, if overlooked, tool for bread baking :)The Real Bread Campaign has some brilliant info on sourdough I highly recommend them, being a longstanding member myself.  You can just sign up to their email newsletter for free but as a member there are lots of money off offers as well as a great bi-monthly magazine (we had photos in there of last year’s Sourdough September event)

In all, from the two baking days, we raised nearly £80 for Women’s Aid Integrated Services Nottingham – I really am so pleased with this.

A SNIPPET FROM THEIR WEBSITE HOW THE MONEY COULD BE USED:

Why Bake a Difference for WAIS?

£25… could help us take a call on our 24-hour Freephone Helpline and support a woman to get the help she needs*
£50… could provide food for a destitute woman and her children for a week, when no public funds are available

*For every call received, we make an average of seven outgoing calls to help each woman

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