Weardale Great Bake - bringing the community together through baking

PUBLISHED: 16:51 27 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:33 20 February 2013

Right: Jean Bowes (left) and Pam Forbes, trustee directors of Weardale Community Partnership, plan for the Weardale Great Bake competition

Right: Jean Bowes (left) and Pam Forbes, trustee directors of Weardale Community Partnership, plan for the Weardale Great Bake competition

A Weardale community group has come up with a sweet way to bring people throughout the area together with a baking bonanza, writes Sue Campbell

The print version of this article appeared in the July 2012 issue of North East Life

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I was reading somewhere recently that a survey found that around 22 per cent of English people feel their neighbourhood has become less friendly in the past five years. Other surveys suggest that between four and eight per cent of us dont know our neighbours at all (although Id like to bet thats tipped towards the inner cities).

So its great to hear of communities getting together and co-operating on mutually enjoyable and in this case, mouth-wateringly edible projects.
The good people at the Weardale Community Partnership, based in Stanhope, are getting friends and neighbours throughout the dale to
bake up a storm for a fantastic community competition called The Weardale Great Bake!

But its not just your ordinary cakes theyre after. They want the cakes to reflect the dale in which they are made. So participants are being asked to bake cakes to represent significant buildings or landmarks in their area.

The list of suggested landmarks is amazing: Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Stanhope Silver Band Hall, the Methodist Chapel at Wolsingham, the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope, Harperley Roundabout and The Black Bull in Frosterley among others. There are about 40 listed, and there will also be cake-y bridges, cars, drystone walls and even trees.

The cakes will all be displayed on a tabletop map in St Thomas Hall, Stanhope, on Saturday August 11th, and residents and visitors alike will be invited to vote for the winning confection.

Director of Weardale Community Partnership, Pam Forbes, said: Its something which we hope will bring people together and be great fun.
We have a lot of great bakers in Weardale and this will be their chance to shine. Well be selling plates afterwards at 1 a piece (and giving them a slice of cake free) so we can make enough money for the event to be self-sustaining.

First prize for the winning cake maker is mouth-watering too afternoon tea for four at the lovely Horsley Hall near Stanhope. This is courtesy of the Love Food project, which supports the production, use and appreciation of locally grown or reared food throughout Teesdale, Weardale, the Allen Valleys and Derwentside, and which is also supporting the event, along with the Weardale Action Partnership.

Director of Love Food, Hazel Coppack, said: Were hoping entrants will use as much local produce in their cakes as they can to support our local producers.

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, based in Stanhope, has also got in on the act, providing a Friendship Cake for the event a sourdough which people can split, take away and mix themselves.

The deadline for entries into this great community bake is August 1st, and details can be found at www.weardaleonline.co.uk or from the Love Food website www.lovefood.me.

Viewing of entries to the Weardale Great Bake! opens at 11.30am on Saturday August 11th in St Thomas Hall, Stanhope. Judging will be completed by 2.30pm after which the cakes will be sliced. n

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