Chutney for Charity

How do you combine preserves with food and raise money at the same time? I’ve always enjoyed my second passion bread-making, so the opportunity to make bread and supply chutney for a charity event in Wells on 3rd March was too good to miss.
Wells Cathedral School are building a state of the art Concert Hall. Named Cedars Hall it will provide space for concerts and performing arts within the school and the wider community. To raise funds for the Cedars Hall Appeal, the Friends of Wells Cathedral School Music organised a lunch and talk for members. They were fortunate to book Ann Widdecombe as the guest speaker. Ann generously donated her speaker’s fee to the appeal and also a percentage of sales from her novels which were sold on the day.
A ploughman’s lunch was assembled for 100 with cheese from the international award-winning Ford Farm Cheeses, fruit, my white and brown plaited loaves and chutney. I carefully selected chutneys that would work well with cheese and those that were not too fiery; Damson, Ginger and Cardamom Chutney, Apple and Onion Chutney and Rhubarb Chutney.
After lunch Ann gave an entertaining talk about her life in politics and her hectic life since retiring from Westminster. There were plenty of questions from the audience including a few about her memories of Strictly Come Dancing. With a suggestion from the Head of Wells Cathedral School that Ann and Anton du Beke could be re-united for the opening of Cedars Hall the event ended with all of us having food for thought!

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