Baking skills are put to the test at church competition

Photo Neil Cross'Reverend Marc Wolverson at St James Church of England, Slater Lane, Leyland
Photo Neil Cross'Reverend Marc Wolverson at St James Church of England, Slater Lane, Leyland
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It will be a day of flour power when a Leyland church stages its big baking event this weekend.

The Great St James’ Bake Off will take place in the vicarage garden on Saturday, featuring, competitions, demonstrations and special guests.

It’s the church’s own version of TV’s The Great British Bake Off, which featured cookery writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood.

It was first shown on BBC 2 in 2010 before moving of Channel 4.

Reverend Marc Wolverson, of St James Church, Slater Lane, said: “This is the first time we’ve done it.

“Our social and fund raising committee are always looking for ways to reach out to the community as well as raising funds to the work of the parish.

“This was one of the ideas at one of our planning meetings.

“It’s been well received and we’ve a number of volunteers to help.

“We’re hoping it will be a success on the day and hope that people will be willing to participate in the enjoyment of the day.”

Nikki Elliott, a member of the church’s social committee, explained that the bake-off was her idea.

“It was just a comment I came out with after watching the Bake Off,” she said.

“I mentioned it at a social committee meeting and it’s gone from there.

“We do different things, raising funds for the church and at the same time involving the local community.”

She said folk were getting behind the event, including a toddler group after it was advertised at their school.

“It’s getting quite a bit of interest,” said Nikki.

Competition one on the day will take place throughout the event up to judging time at 3.15pm.

It’s a chance for both children and adults to take part in a cake/biscuit design competition, with prizes for the top three design in each category.

There will also be a children’s hat-mask design on the day and parade competition, plus a treasure hunt.

The second competition, from 2.30pm until judging at 3.15pm, is for adults and children, who can take a cooked cake and accessories along to create a cake design.

There will be prizes for the top three.

A third competition, also judged at 3.15pm, is for anyone that wants to take along a pre-decorated cake for judging on the day.

Again there will be prizes for the top three.

If the event is affected by the weather, it will be held inside the church instead of the garden.