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The growing popularity of BBC shows such as The Great British Sewing Bee and The Great British Bake Off has certainly rubbed off on Springfords staff.
Anne Turner from our Admin Group has been inspired to get back into sewing. Armed with a new sewing machine and loads of enthusiasm, Anne signed up for a 6 week dress-making course and one of her first tasks was to make a small shopping bag.
Now this is where fate steps in. Around the same time, the Scottish Parliament decided to ban the distribution of free plastic bags to shoppers – so what does everyone now need? A shopping bag.
Anne has been busy making bespoke bags for family, friends and colleagues and has branched out into Christmas bunting, fancy dress costumes – the list goes on.
Here's a picture of Anne with her bags!
The Great British Bake Off has also inspired Julie Zasada from our Tax Group to get stuck into baking and, as you can see from her story below, it’s more than just a hobby.
“I have always enjoyed baking. I think there is a little bit of magic in bringing all these seemingly unappetising ingredients together and producing something delicious. Let's face it, we Brits love cake. Cake makes people happy!
I joined the West Lothian Baking Club at its first meeting in February 2012 and a few of us got involved with the committee soon after. It wasn't long before I “volunteered” as treasurer, given my vocation! We meet every 6 weeks in Dechmont Community Hall, bringing a bake each which is based on a set theme (see Julie’s carrot cake pictured here, which came second in the National Fat Stock annual show). We then spend the evening trying each others’ bakes and chatting about baking - bliss!
It's not all cake though. Over the years, we've tried our hands at bread and pastry, canapés and healthy bakes but cake is a definite favourite! The only 'rule' is that it has to have been baked in the oven. Apart from that, anything goes. We have a range of bakers, all with their own strengths and weakness and we've had our fair share of disasters!
We usually have a charity event each year. We hosted an afternoon tea in aid of Cyrenians in 2013, raising a whopping £1,900, and joined forces with Caffe La Ronda in Linlithgow in 2014 to host a 'Bake Off', raising another £1,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Meningitis Now. It's a very rewarding way to use our baking skills.
Most of the year though, we just enjoy our baking, trying out different recipes and sharing hints and tips. I've met some great people and learned a lot over the last couple of years. The committee are already busy planning the meetings for this year and we are always happy to welcome new members. if you would be interested in coming along, please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on facebook here.