Leicester Bread Clubs to Benefit Mental Health

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Planet Leicester Bakers is delighted to share news of the first work in the Leicester Bread Clubs initiative, which was featured in edition 3 of Planet Leicester News. Working in partnership with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, these first clubs are funded by Leicester City Council’s ‘Time to Change’ fund, which aims to improve mental health in the city.

Making bread gives time to talk.

Making bread gives time to talk – both activities at the heart of the first             Leicester Bread Clubs 

For more information, including how to volunteer on the project, check out the media release in this post. You can also contact Planet Leicester Bakers via this site, by email or phone, for more details of this exciting new initiative!  Read More


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In time for Christmas, Planet Leicester News in its new 8 page format is now AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD – for free!

Packed with news of bread activity, our guest contributor Jane Mason, Founder of Bread Angels, Jane’s tasty Raisin Bread recipe and more!

Bi-annual Planet Leicester News is posted out to all registered Planet Leicester Bakers, given to current customers and project partners and available at stalls and events over the coming months.


Comments and ideas for Planet Leicester News are always welcome, so please do drop us a line. Photos of your delicious Raisin Bread bakes for sharing on social media would raise the smile levels at PLB!

Thank you to our edition 3 sponsors, Lloyds Bank, Lloyds Bank Mentor to Planet Leicester Bakers Andrew Northcote, and local food businesses, The Bee Farmer and Thirst Media.

Local honey from Leicestershire/Derbyshire border country.


Planet Leicester Bakers needs sponsorship to make the newsletter happen, so if you or your business, organisation etc would like to be a sponsor of edition 4 then please do get in touch.

Read how we Baked a Difference in the community!

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Baking a Difference has been a fantastic community bread project to bad-report-covercreate and deliver in collaboration with Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A).

Over several months Planet Leicester Bakers, with L4A’s staff and volunteers, delivered 12 sessions in 3 very different residential settings for older people: a care home, nursing home and sheltered housing.

We are now delighted to share our full end of pilot project review.

We believe there is much potential for extending the project and we will be seeking further funding and opportunities to do so.

For a flavour of the project, watch this one minute video.

Questions and comments are always welcome, so do get in touch.

And if you or your organisation would be interested in collaborating with Planet Leicester Bakers then please start a conversation.

Baking a Difference was funded by the Big Lottery.

Building a Team with Bread

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Planet Leicester Bakers recently spent a day with the staff of Community Advice and Law Service, (CALS), using bread to build team strength and relationships.  It was great fun and a first time plunging into dough for them all!  Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive:

” I really enjoyed the session. It was exactly the right mix of fun, practical and information. I think I speak on behalf of the whole team when I say we came away feeling refreshed and ready to take on new challenges! Including bread making at home! “

Kay, CALS staff team member

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Planet Leicester News: Edition 2 OUT NOW!

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Delighted to share the second edition of Planet Leicester News, available to download via the image! With a lovely Easter bread recipe, Choereg, from this edition’s guest contributor, Saronne Rubyan-Ling.

If you give it a go, send us some pics to share on social media (we always love getting news and pictures!).


Gelato Bites: The Great Flavour Off!

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Planet Leicester Bakers is delighted to have been invited to team up with multi-award winning Gelato Village in Leicester for their unique Gelato Bites event on February 21st.

Gelato Village: The finest Italian gelato in the land!

Gelato Village: The finest Italian gelato in the land!

Gelato Village makes and sells the most amazing real Italian gelato, using the finest ingredients. The founders originate from Turin and inspired Planet Leicester Bakers to join the Slow Food Movement last year.  They are committed to the local community and to promoting excellent quality local food. Like Planet Leicester Bakers, The Bee Farmer’s honey is used and sold by them as well. Laura from Gelato Village, explained about the new Gelato Bites events:

“Our Gelato Bites events are a series of talks and tastings with local producers and suppliers showing excellence in ingredient production and artisan food creation in the city and county.”

February’s event will be very exciting as it offers a ‘Flavour Off’ between gelato and bread! The two businesses have challenged each other to use chosen flavour combinations to produce their gelato and bread.  The guests will then decide which form they prefer the flavours in!

Tickets are a snip at £10, including tasting. The event starts at 6pm at Gelato Village. Visit the ticket site HERE for more info and to buy your tickets – be quick as they are limited and already being snapped up!

Proud to now be an Award Winning Micro-Bakery!

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Planet Leicester Bakers submitted entries to the inaugural Small Food Awards. I am thrilled to announce that an award was won!

All-butter croissants and pain au chocolat were entered by Planet Leicester Bakers into the Viennoiserie category.  The pain au chocolat won second place. The category was judged by Master Baker Mickael Jahan, an expert in Viennese pastry and bread and a tutor at the School of Artisan Food. Chris Smith, a food enthusiast, helped Mickael with the decision making. The judges commented that the breads had an ‘open and light’ texture and a very nice croissant flavour!


Presentation of award winner’s certificate by Andrew Wilkinson from Gilchester’s Organics, one of the generous sponsors of the awards!

The awards have been established by the School of Artisan Food in partnership with Virtuous Bread. The aim is to give an award winning opportunity to micro food producers. A variety of categories were available (bread, cheese, charcuterie, Viennoiserie, and chocolate).  Micro businesses operate with very limited resources, equipment and staff (if any).


All the winners at the finalists’ presentation, School of Artisan Food. With Jane Mason of Virtuous Bread, Julie Byrne from SAF and Sybille and Andrew Wilkinson of sponsors Gilchester’s Organics.

Thank you!