Haddenham

Kitchen's Official Opening

Home » News » Kitchen's Official Opening
Raymond Blanc 05

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc will be helping Karen Collett, Headteacher at Haddenham St Mary's CE School officially open the new school kitchen at 1.30pm on Friday 15th May. The facilities were built in response to the government initiative stipulating the return of free school meals from September.

The majority of schools stripped out their kitchens when they were no longer required to provide on site catering for pupils; the Haddenham St Mary's kitchen now acts as a hub for three other rural schools ensuring that pupils benefit from nutritious lunches.

Karen has been passionate about responding to the School Food Plan initiative since the legislation was imposed. Frustrated at the prospect of airplane style meals being delivered to the school she cooked up her dream kitchen and is looking forward to celebrating its success.

The purpose of reinstating free school meals was to tackle obesity and ensure pupils have a balanced meal that educates them about nutrition. Mass produced foods packaged up in plastic trays would clearly not have been the best way to achieve this objective, nor would it have been the cheapest given that suppliers would want a profit from the £2.30 allocated per child.

Karen hosted a Food Conference at her school in June where a team of experts including; Raymond Blanc, nutritionist Amanda Ursell, Chair of the National Obesity Forum Tam Fry, Juliane Noble from the Jamie Oliver Foundation and Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, helped other schools find workable solutions. The school looks forward to welcoming the team back to see that the proof really is in the home-cooked-school-pudding.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Open Gardens 03
Cynthia Floud: Mon 20 May 11:00am

A number of local gardens will be open to visitors on the day of the traditional village fete once again this year — on Saturday 8th June.This year six gardens will be open, at:16 Church End (David and Angela Truesdale)The Malthouse, 4 Church End (Chris and Mary Wellby)9 Church End (Margaret Walshe)5 Flint Street (Ros Welch)15 Flint Street (Roderick and Cynthia Floud)Manor Farm...

William Fox 03
Arts Correspondent: Sat 18 May 4:50pm

Aperitif Recitals at St Mary's Church — Thursday May 23rd at 7pmAperitif Recitals is presenting the seventeenth of its almost astonishingly popular organ recital series. Perhaps these concerts are found to be so agreeable because the recital is short, no longer than forty minutes, and the audience enjoy wine and canapés as they both listen and watch.Video screens relay clear views for...

Human Story Theatre 01
Haddenham Webteam: Sat 18 May 4:00pm

The Patient Participation Group in Haddenham is presenting a short play performed by The Human Story Theatre at Haddenham Library on Wednesday 22nd May at 7.00pm. The Human Story Theatre present Connie's Colander — a play about dementiaConnie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show: Connie's Colander, bringing her...