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Baking a Difference Funding Success!

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Absolutely thrilled to announce that Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A), our Baking a Difference project partners, have successfully secured the Big Lottery People’s Projects funding. A huge thank you to all who voted, shared and encouraged us along the way.

After two weeks of frenetic social media and postal vote activity we found out last week, with a visit to William House by ITN Central, where the news was unveiled.  Fiona Smith, the current L4A CEO, received the notice, with Melissa March who worked with Planet Leicester Bakers to create and deliver the pilot, there with her daughter and new baby – it was a true inter-generational event!

Fiona Smith, CEO at L4A, is filmed with the fantastic news.

The year long project will pick up and build on the original pilot. More care homes and sheltered housing settings will enjoy the wonders of Baking a Difference and its bread making activities. Not only that, but the project will aim to become sustainable beyond the funding. Volunteers and staff will be trained in delivering bread activities and we will be looking to bring communities outside the residential settings in to spend time with residents and bread.

Planet Leicester Bakers is delighted with the project proposal L4A submitted. It meets our purpose of exploiting the loveliness of bread to bring communities closer together; tackling loneliness and isolation and building bonds and understanding. We can’t wait to start!

William House resident John was just one of many Baking a Difference bakers who enjoyed the media visit last week.

PLANET LEICESTER NEWS 3: OUT NOW!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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Sourdough September: Time for Sourdough Toast & Tea Together!

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It’s that sourdough time of year again! September sees the annual celebration of the purest leavened bread. One that contains just 3 simple ingredients as a base: flour, water, salt. As a supporter of the Real Bread Campaign, this year Planet Leicester Bakers is promoting ‘Sourdough Toast and Tea Together Events’ for community groups and charities. Read all about it in the info-graphic below, which you can download HERE.  It’s an opportunity to get together with others and chat about our food and our bread – the stuff of life!  Some simple information is on offer to get the conversations going!

We are talking about REAL Sourdough – not the stuff you find with a ‘sourdough’ label in many shops and supermarkets. It is made slowly over at least 24 hours from wild Leicester yeast – Starter Bob – who is 2.5 years old and counting.  If you have a keen bread baker in your group they can go for option 2, or you can arrange greatly reduced price 400g toasting loaves from Planet Leicester Bakers.  Lots of ways to get in touch – so drop me a line!

Michelle2 Infographic for Sourdough Sept 2016