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Southgen Bread ‘n’ butter event

As we look forward to the opening of the Old Hospital Hub next year, SouthGen are focused on engaging with future users of the hub. We’ll be running events aimed at various sections of the community, including families, teenagers, business owners and older people. Our first event was a ‘Kids’ Bread ‘n’ Butter Workshop’ during the February half-term. The day was a huge success, with over thirty children learning how to make bread, butter and jam. The SouthGen team were pleased to see a mix of local and visiting families taking part.

Suffolk artisan baker, Sue Hudson, came along to teach children how to make bread, with each child taking away their own loaf of soda bread. Sue Hudson usually runs workshops with adults, however she said ‘The event was such good fun, and the children obviously all had a good time. I’d love to be involved with similar SouthGen events in the future’. There was also a butter making workshop run by Fen Farm Dairy of Bungay, in which children shook buttermilk to see the separation process at work. Jessica Jeans, Chair of SouthGen, ran a jam making session, showing children the process of making jam and jelly. Mrs Jeans said ‘My favourite part was watching the children lick the jelly bowl clean after making it!’ After the practical workshops the children all sat together and ate the bread, butter and jam.

SouthGen decided to run the event over half-term to bring families together. Mrs Jeans said ‘It’s really important that children learn where their food comes from and have a hands on experience of making it’. Patricia Scott attended the event with her daughter and grandson. ‘My grandson Ned had the greatest time’, she said, ‘he loved the baking and we all enjoyed his delicious bread. Thanks so much to SouthGen for delivering this- what a fantastic event!’ Gavin Kelly brought his children and nieces to the workshop. He thanked SouthGen, saying ‘the kids all absolutely loved it, and we were really impressed with the bread’.

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