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11th Aug, 2022

Budding bakers join retirees for tea

BUDDING bakers created Christmas treats for retirement village residents.

Youngsters, from St Nicholas Primary School in Alcester, were invited to Great Alne Park as part of a programme called ‘Thrive’ which aims to improve children’s confidence.

And chef Tom Blundell invited five pupils to bake festive treats in his kitchen to share with residents, for an intergenerational Christmas tea party.

Joining them in the kitchen was resident, and keen baker Anne Goody. Together they learned to make and decorate shortbread biscuits, which were handed out to residents in the restaurant.

School head Karen O’Shea said: “The staff and residents of Great Alne Park couldn’t have been more welcoming and the children enjoyed every minute. This sort of intergenerational engagement is priceless and contributes greatly to wellbeing and positive experiences.

“Giving the opportunity for the children to learn to bake in a working commercial kitchen with the head chef himself, has been an experience they will never forget. Seeing the pride in their faces when they offered their ‘bakes’ to the residents was an absolute delight.”

Manager Tina Digby added: “It was wonderful this Christmas to bring the generations together for an event that was fun, educational and a step in the right direction to tackle the loneliness epidemic, so prevalent in our older generation, particularly around Christmas time.”

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