The Bon Bon Cake Shop has pulled off a notable double at the 2006 World Scotch Pie Championship, writes Ian Martin. During last week’s prize-giving ceremony at Dunfermline’s Lauder College, the Airdrie-based business was not only named World Scotch Pie Champion for 2006, but also picked up the top award in the bridie section. Founded in the late 1960s and employing just 14 people, the Bon Bon Cake Shop normally produces up to 30 dozen Scotch pies on a weekday and nearer 40 dozen at the weekend. But according to owner Robert Cowan, demand grew 50% on the day after the awards ceremony, as news of the triumph began to filter into the local media. Mr Cowan insists that production of the hand-made pies represents “a collective effort” within the business. The standard shop recipe entered for the World Scotch Pie Championship comprises “good-quality Scotch beef” in “a thin and quite crisp pastry shell”, explained Mr Cowan. “We spice the pies to the taste of locals here in Airdrie,” he added. All the pies produced in the bakery are sold through the adjoining shop, thereby guaranteeing freshness, he said.This year’s World Scotch Pie Championship attracted 248 product entries from 60 companies. “The overall standard just gets better every year,” observed competition founder Alan Stuart of Stuarts of Buckhaven. “The event has become established in the food calendar and the trade looks forward to it.” Mr Stuart drew particular attention to the high level of innovation within the speciality section of the competition, which was won this year by F Ballard Butchers of Castle Douglas for its Lamb rosti pie.Having scooped four awards at last year’s event, Nevis Bakers of Fort William picked up a further five at the latest ceremony, including a bronze for its Scotch pie, golds for its bridie and beef stroganoff pie, and silvers for its Hotchpotch pie and Orkney beef pie.
Former Rathbones bakery boss Tom Rathbone is retiring from the company after 64 years in the business.The 74-year-old first started working in the company at weekends and took over from father Sydney in 1968. He then started to develop Rathbones from a regional to a national company, producing own-label bread and baked goods.Rathbone stepped down as chairman but has been working as an employee at the Wigan bakery, now owned by Maple Leaf Foods, for the last few years, on product quality and development.
Bakers’ attractionExhibitor spaces at this year’s Bakers’ Fair in Bolton are filling up fast with several firms exhibiting for the first time. Among the newcomers is Polish bakery equipment supplier Masz, which plans to launch its slicers, mixers, moulders and ovens in the UK at the fair on Sunday, 3 October. For details go to: www.bakersfair.co.ukPalm oil programmeA government-funded research programme to map how the UK uses imported palm oil could halt the loss of rainforest thousands of miles away. The project, announced by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, will document how much palm oil is used and how much is sustainably sourced.DeviliShh designsScottish bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie of Glenbervie has launched its first-ever consumer brand as it looks to double its turnover to £80m in the next 10 years. The DeviliShh range of puddings, fruit coulis and sweet sauces are aimed at tapping into the burgeoning entertaining at-home market, said Macphie.Get your Vitamin DBread made with vitamin D-enriched bakers’ yeast has the same effect on vitamin D levels in people as a supplement, according to a University of Helsinki study into Lallemand’s VitaD bakers yeast. Researchers gave 38 women a mixture of supplements, normal bread and bread made with special yeast over a four-week period.No more HerbertsAn editing error in Tom Herbert’s column in the last issue of BB meant we incorrectly stated there had been a new addition to the Herbert family. This is not so, although Tom says he appreciated all the messages of congratulation!
Over the past few years, I have made it my business to try to understand the educational and training requirements of the baking industry and, in some way, do my bit to ensure that any future education and training developments are relevant to the industry.That said, I firmly believe that even if the correct framework is in place, the quality of the final qualification will only ever be as good as the actual course material and how well it is delivered.Why? Because, in my opinion, education and training are not just about skill and knowledge transfer. They are about inspiring people. With inspiration comes the will and wish to learn and, if you’re willing to learn, then the skill and knowledge transfer becomes that much easier.Up and down the country there are people who dedicate themselves to educating and training the future of our industry. They do this to the best of their ability and within the constraints of either academic bureaucracy within the college environment, or, training budgets and time constraints within the business environment. But one thing unites the majority: they are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject and, as a result, they inspire their learners to learn.Unfortunately, a good number of these people are approaching retirement, or have now retired. As I write this, to my knowledge at least four have retired and, with them, their knowledge, skills and ability to inspire have gone from the industry. I just wonder where their replacements will come from.l See also Open Letter, page13
An increasing number of bakers have entered this year’s World Scotch Pie Championships as it celebrates a record number of entries.The competition, which aims to find the best in sausage rolls, bridies, steak, vegetarian and fish pies, has received 89 entries, 35 of which are bakeries.Alan Stuart of Stuart’s of Buckhaven and the competition’s organiser, said: “We’ve been surprised at the amount of entries this year. We thought that, with the downturn, a lot of bakers would not feel it is worth their time. But it’s a great way to generate business, and producing the highest-quality savoury and baked products is really gratifying.”Twenty-six judges, including BBC Masterchef winner Gerry Goldwyre, will taste around 440 products in total and competitors will have to beat last year’s winner and baker, Maurice Irvine of Beith, Ayrshire.“The bakers have won it more times than the butchers in the championship’s 13-year stint, which could be put down to their pastry skills,” added Stuart. “But they face stiff competition from the butchers and their ability to produce good, flavoursome fillings.” Judging will take place from 12.30pm on 15 November at Carnegie College, Dunfermline, with the results announced at a special awards lunch at the same location on 5 January 2012.
(“Trump, Pentagon leaders honor 9/11 victims” by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CC BY 2.0) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is bracing the United States for a grim death toll from the coronavirus pandemic.On Sunday he extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month.This, after public-health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not enough is done to fight it.It was a stark shift in tone by the president. Only days ago he talked about the country reopening in a few weeks.From the Rose Garden on Sunday, he said his Easter revival hopes had only been “aspirational.” Google+ Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNews Trump extends voluntary national shutdown, braces US for big death toll Facebook By Associated Press – March 30, 2020 0 416 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Previous articleBoy, 16, banned from Walmart in Goshen after coughing, claiming he had coronavirusNext articleCoronavirus is roiling every part of child welfare system Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.
(Photo supplied/Cass County Sheriff’s Office) A woman was hurt after the motorcycle she was on collided with a vehicle.The crash happened just after 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, near the intersection of M-40 and M-60 in Newberg Township, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.Investigators say a 60-year-old man from Downers Grover was turning into a gas station when his vehicle and the motorcycle collided.A 45-year-old Elkhart man was operating the bike. His passenger suffered just minor injuries. Google+ Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – August 8, 2020 0 432 Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Twitter Woman injured in motorcycle-involved crash Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHow to say no when you’re stressed out or frustrated with lifeNext articleSheriff: Alcohol factor in crash that injured Union teenager Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
The government will also help fund a public art march through the streets of the 4 capital cities, with people dressed in violet, green and white to look like a moving suffragette flag.A new Celebrating Votes for Women web page will help people find out more about getting involved in centenary events through the year. The page includes links to information about the history of the suffrage movement and details of how to apply for a grant, as well as an events hub to show what is happening across the country.The grant scheme and £1 million investment are part of a £5 million centenary fund created by the government to celebrate the centenary and to open up public life to more people.£1.2 million has been awarded to 7 ‘Centenary Cities’ and towns in England with a strong suffrage history to help inspire a new generation with the legacy of women’s campaign for equal representation.A statue of leading suffragist Millicent Fawcett, who helped win the vote for women, will be unveiled in Parliament Square later this year. 100 years ago, an army of brave women made enormous sacrifices to pave the way for the equal rights we enjoy in this country today. The projects funded by this £2.5 million fund will honour their legacy by opening up modern politics to more people and ensuring we remember this landmark moment in our proud democratic history. Amber Rudd today (6 February) opened a £1.5 million Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme for bids of up to £125,000 for projects running throughout the centenary year to encourage communities to celebrate and to help make modern politics more accessible.Ms Rudd revealed how a further £1 million will be invested to mark the important democratic milestone, including a scheme to inspire a new generation of young women by matching them with leaders in their communities.Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Amber Rudd said: Over £1 million of the Centenary Grant Scheme will be available for at least 30 large-scale schemes to increase young people’s engagement with democracy and to encourage more women to take part in public life.The rest of the fund will be made up of smaller grants of up to £2000 for local events to celebrate and remember those who campaigned for change.The first of these events is being held this week to mark the 6 February 100-year anniversary of the act of Parliament that first gave some women the vote. Over £60,000 has already been awarded to 35 local projects, including a tea party in Liverpool to bring schoolchildren and older people together to celebrate women’s suffrage.The Home Secretary announced that the additional £1 million funding will help fund a number of initiatives, including: a year-long pilot matching 650 young women with female community leaders – such as politicians or businesswomen – to help develop their leadership potential the closing ceremony for the 3-month long festival of The Great Exhibition of the North, which will commemorate the centenary and encourage more women to participate in politics a public procession where female MPs walk from Parliament to an ‘ask her to stand’ event to encourage more women to sign up as candidates
Designed to offer a one stop shop through which veterans can access advice on a vast range of areas, from housing to health concerns, the Veterans’ Gateway has seen over 37,000 click throughs to external sites, with the majority of users requesting advice on finance.With requests coming from as far afield as Thailand, South Africa and St Maarten in the Caribbean, the service caters to veterans of all ages and backgrounds. 81% of users are under 65 years old, and 56% of web visitors access the site via mobile phones.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: We are committed to delivering for our veterans, and the Veterans’ Gateway is making sure those who served our country are getting the support they and their families need. This £2m project has helped 10,000 ex-service men and women in its first year, making the transition between service and civilian life as smooth as possible. Every day our troops and veterans inspire our nation and it is right we deliver for them in return for the sacrifices they have made. The vast majority of veterans go on to live healthy and fulfilling lives, and most find employment within six months of leaving the military. But we need to offer support to those who find the transition more challenging. I’m proud to see the great work that goes on behind the scenes of the Veterans’ Gateway, and I’ve been inspired by the community spirit of all who dedicate their time and knowledge to supporting those in need. Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood today visited the Veterans’ Gateway service centre near Cardiff in South Wales. He met with veterans who now work as call handlers, using their experiences in the Armed Forces to benefit others, and giving back to the service community.Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: The 24-hour service is delivered by a Royal British Legion-led consortium with Poppyscotland, Combat Stress, Connect Assist, the Ministry of Defence and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.Charles Byrne, Director General of The Royal British Legion, on behalf of the Veterans’ Gateway consortium, said: The number of people contacting the Veterans’ Gateway continues to grow and we are reaching new groups of people including young veterans who need our support in finding the right information, advice and help. We have also seen increasing numbers of users being able to self-refer and gain better access to the services available to them. The Veterans’ Gateway can become a key resource for veterans and their families seeking support. With over 30 referral partners, it is truly a team of teams.
ClearScore and Experian are the first and second-largest providers of free credit score checking in the UK. Experian is also the largest paid credit score checking provider. Millions of people in the UK use the companies’ services each year to check their credit scores, understand their finances, and choose loans and credit cards online.As Experian and ClearScore are the market leaders in this field, and each other’s main competitor, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that the merged company would be less likely to innovate to help people better understand their finances, potentially leading to people paying more for credit cards and loans.Experian and ClearScore have until 27 July to offer solutions to resolve the CMA’s concerns, otherwise the merger will be referred for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.More information can be found on the Experian/ClearScore case page.