This month we have been working back in schools, from primary to post-16. We have made’ breadgehogs’, pitta breads. naan breads and baguettes – for children to take home and share with their family, but also for school kitchens to serve real bread as part of their school lunch menu.
We have also held our first Friday Drop=in, where we opened up our kitchen and invited people to come and use our setting to experiment with breadmaking. Pretzels and more breadgehogs were the result!
This month as it has been the summer holidays, we have run 8 children’s baking sessions – making baguettes, Stromboli ( a kind of rolled pizza), ‘bread’gehogs and more. Over 80 children have baked with us and one of their favourite parts of the sessions is decorating their Vegware bags to take the bread home in. They copy down the recipes then design their own bakery logo and illustrations.
This month we have used our bags for an exciting new project….West Yorkshire’s first Food Assembly! Part of a worldwide organisation, Food Assembly aims to provide an online farmers’ market experience…sourcing locally produced food from small food businesses. We have had a great first 2 weeks, supplying our real bread to the people of Halifax and beyond.
More information about Food Assemblies here:
This month we have used the bags with our weekly workshops with a local special school. We provide vocational experiences for students with severe communication issues. This month one of them wrote ‘Thank You’ on his bag – it was a very special moment.
We also used 900 bags at our busiest market of the year – the brilliant Brighouse 1940s weekend.
Last month we used your bags for the 1960s themed Spring Market in our home town of Brighouse. Brighouse has a fantastic business community who have worked really hard over the past 3 years to create some of the most popular street market events in the country. They are our busiest weekends of the year and involve pretty much everyone who volunteers and works at the bakery. We have people on the stalls, people baking and people carrying trays of hot bread down to our stall (usually followed by a small crowd!). We baked 1000 loaves and sold out both days. Thanks for the bags! Spreading the Love Bread word!
We are using Vegware’s donation of bags mainly primarily for our children’s workshops and courses and also for our Bread of Life project, supporting a local homeless charity. This month we ran two Family Learning SureStart sessions, parents and under 5s making breadsticks, hot cross buns, soda bread and focaccia- all taken home in Vegware bags.
This month we have baked over 400 loaves for Happy Days UK -a local charity finding homes and opportunities for vulnerable people.
We provide bread for their Bread of Life project – bread is distributed and sold in over 30 local churches, all profits going to Happy Days.
Thanks for the bags from the community fund.
This month we have been working at Moorlands Primary School in Huddersfield, with Year 1, 2 and 3 children. We have made breadsticks, grissini, pitta bread and dinner rolls. The children adapt their bags to show key ingredients and weights so that they all take the bread recipe home with them. We hope that some will try again at home.
Thanks very much for the bags again this month.
We have been running a series of free workshops for local residents – baking in pairs, we’ve had grandparents and grandchildren, dads and lads, friends and neighbours and mums with pre-school children.
Below are a couple of photos…