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Taste test

first_imgWith the third National Craft Bakers’ Week only a few weeks away the campaign is building momentum with more bakers registering to take part than ever beforeAccording to the National Association of Master Bakers, National Craft Bakers’ Week provides a united voice for inde-pendent bakers across the country, championing the artisanal skills that have been used for generations; the vital role of the baker’s shop in a local community; and the difference in taste between craft made goods and those produced in factories.Participating in this year’s campaign and helping raise consumers’ awareness of the event is sporting legend Dame Kelly Holmes, who is a big fan of local bakers and freshly baked bread, savouries and cakes.Supported by free point-of-sale material and guidelines on how to promote their businesses, bakers are already planning amazing events that showcase their skills and involve their local community and are posting details on the NAMB’s new Facebook page www.facebook.com/nationalcraftbakersweek. Other bakers are busy making contact with local radio stations and newspapers to spread news of their offers, demonstrations and competitions.Sampling experienceA key part of National Craft Bakers’ Week 2011 is a national taste experience, taking place on Wednesday 21 September. Bakers are urged to take part in what the NAMB believes will be the largest simultaneous tasting experience in the country.Bakers are encouraged to invite customers and passers-by or community groups to sample their menu of goods and appreciate for themselves how good artisan crafted, freshly baked cakes, breads, savouries and pastries can be, so that they realise what a valuable asset they have in their community.”We want every craft baker, regardless of whether they are doing anything else or not, to celebrate National Craft Bakers’ Week, by offering customers, passers-by and local community groups a chance to sample freshly baked goods on Wednesday 21 September,” says NAMB CEO Gill Brooks-Lonican. “By involving all bakers we want this to be the biggest simultaneous tasting event in the country. The more bakers involved, the bigger the positive impact on the consumer will be and, hopefully, local community bakers can reclaim some of their high street customers.” Registration Register today for your free marketing pack and to be included within the press campaign to put local media in touch with participating bakers. This aims to boost local news coverage that will benefit your business.Complete the online registration form at www.masterbakers.co.uk or telephone 01920 468061. Also, please send details of any forthcoming events for the week to the NAMB, so it can pass details on to its press contacts. Support group The National Craft Bakers’ Week activity is organised by the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) in association with a group of key bakery suppliers (Bako NW, Bakels, BFP Wholesale, California Raisins, CSM United Kingdom, Macphie, Marriage’s, Puratos and the Reynard Group) along with British Baker magazine.last_img read more


Website fosters faith

first_imgThe Notre Dame Alumni Association launched a new website, FaithND, to extend the University’s spiritual resources beyond campus in an effort to fill a void for religious guidance online. Spirituality program director Angie Appleby Purcell said the site is available to people of all faith traditions interested in exploring Catholicism, even if they are not affiliated with the University. “As a Catholic university steeped in rich tradition, with wonderful resources of faculty, staff, students and alumni trying to live the University’s mission in terms of how to be a people of faith, a Catholic community into the world, we want to be able to provide good quality resources and enrichment for the spiritual and faith journey that we all are on,” Purcell said. FaithND offers a variety of informative services, such as video reflections on liturgical seasons and scripture passages, online courses and opportunities to ask questions about the Catholic faith, Purcell said. One of the best ways to stay engaged with one’s faith is to sign up for the daily email newsletter that includes the day’s Gospel reading, a written reflection on it, a short prayer and a profile of a saint, she said. “[Every morning] I grab my iPhone on the side of my bed, and I read the reflection and the prayer and the saint of the day, and many people start their day with that first step,” Purcell said. More than 9,000 people have signed up for the daily email subscription thus far, Purcell said. Another important feature of the website is the ability to submit prayer requests at the Grotto, a service that existed even before FaithND but is now streamlined. The Alumni Association received more than 24,000 of these requests last year, Purcell said, and they still manage to light a candle for every one. “The Grotto is a significant part of the spiritual imagination of people who are formed here,” she said “They can’t be there in that sacred space, but they certainly can allow us who are here on campus to pray on their behalf.” While most of these services fall under the sphere of prayer, the FaithND website includes three other sections: “Live,” “Serve” and “Explore.” The “Live” section provides monthly themes for reflection on how to live a life of faith, Purcell said. “This month, because we’re very mindful of November being All Saints [Day] and remembering holy people in our lives, we’re focusing on the call to holiness, not from the standpoint of ‘I have to be a Mother Teresa,’ but, ‘In my daily life, how am I called and how can I make decisions based on how to be a better, more holy person?’” she said. The “Serve” section focuses on ways to give back to the community of faith, Purcell said. “[It] talks about how through our faith we are called to service through Catholic Social Tradition, what does that look like, how are we at Notre Dame forming leaders for the Church?” she said. The “Explore” section addresses the intellectual aspects of faith, Purcell said, and it strives to answer the questions, “How do we explore the Catholic intellectual side of what we offer on campus, and how can that inform us as we move forward in life?” Purcell said FaithND was developed after months of research on the spiritual desires of the Notre Dame community, especially those of young alumni. “This came about ultimately from our constituency, our larger Notre Dame family, internally and externally, as to where Notre Dame could help them in continuing to grow in faith,” she said. “It was really a mandate from our constituency and our Notre Dame family.” Those interested in exploring the resources available though FaithND can visit faith.nd.edu Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more


David De Gea: ‘I saw Van Gaal put my Madrid contract in the bin’

first_img*DISCLAIMER: Like Manchester United and Real Madrid trying to agree a transfer deal, this video is just a joke.They may be two of the biggest football clubs in the world, but neither Real Madrid nor Manchester United employ anyone capable of using a fax machine.How else can you explain the failure to ensure David De Gea’s transfer went through before the deadline this summer?Well, if you watch the video above you will find an alternative explanation.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT now!last_img