Fundraising bakers rise to the challenge

Charity bake off held in Hassocks
Charity bake off held in Hassocks

Contestants got together in Hassocks to pit their best recipes against each other in the Great Sussex Vale Bake Off, raising funds for Sussex Air Ambulance.

In its third year, organisers Sussex Vale Rotary Club and Hassocks WI chose to ‘up’ the challenge for local home bakers with the introduction of one new competition category, American Muffins.

Assessed by qualified independent WI judge, Mrs. Jones, she commended the standard and variety of entries. Following careful consideration of each submission, the prize winning bakes were awarded to: Stanley Smith (Junior – under 12), Annabel Macken (Junior – 13-16), Angela Honeyman (Tray Bake), Jane Freeman (Victoria Sandwich), Jane Reed won both the Vegetable Cake and American Muffins categories, and our champion baker this year was Lorraine McAleenan with her Chocolate Heaven cake, which Mrs Jones described as a ‘stairway to heaven’.

Following the competition all cakes went on sale with most being snapped up by locals.

The few remaining items were delivered to the Villa Adastra Salvation Army retirement home. All proceeds from the competition, cake sale, raffle and refreshments were donated to Sussex Air Ambulance.

A huge thank you to all of the local businesses who showed their generosity through sponsorship and raffle prize donations. The total raised on the day was £357.

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