Foodie fun funds flowers

Bishop’s Waltham Junior School has been presented with a cheque for £388 to go towards developing the school garden and purchasing new cookery equipment. The sum was raised by a one-day food trail held in the town centre which aimed to get local people trying local food in local outlets.

Organised by Winchester City Council’s Market Towns Development Officer in collaboration with the Bishop’s Waltham Town Team, “Bishop’s Waltham Bites” was held at the end of British Food Fortnight in early October. It allowed participants to try a variety of dishes including smoked duck, apple crumble and chilli chocolate provided by eight different outlets in the town centre.

The event was sponsored by The Southern Co-operative, which was also one of the stops on the trail. The participating outlets provided the tasters for free and the event promotion costs were covered by The Southern Co-operative’s sponsorship. This meant that all of the money raised by the participation fee could be donated to the school.

Head Teacher, Darren Campbell, said:

We are incredibly grateful to the Town Team and The Southern Co-operative for organising this event and raising so much money. It will go towards some much needed cookery equipment to supplement the Design and Technology curriculum as well as a range of flowers for the school garden.

Sam Harding, Store Manager for The Southern Co-operative Food store in Bishop's Waltham, said:

My colleagues and I were thrilled to take part in the Bishop's Waltham Bites event. In store, we offered a variety of different tasters from our locally sourced range, Local Flavours, which includes tasty products produced in and around Hampshire - which everyone loved!

At The Southern Co-operative, supporting our communities is paramount to the ethos of our business, so we were delighted to sponsor the event which brought together families from across Bishop's Waltham and the surrounding area, and helped raise money for our local school.

The Town Team has received positive feedback not only from the participants of the event, who found the tasters to be very generous in size and number, but also from the traders who took part. Another Bishop’s Waltham Bites event is now under consideration for spring 2017.

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