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Community cookbook launched this weekend at East Woodhay church fundraiser

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A special local cookbook full of family tales is being launched in East Woodhay this weekend as part of a fundraising event for St Martin’s Church.

The church is in the process of raising £40,000 in total for repairs to its roof – £28,000 to repair a long-standing design fault in the bell tower’s lead roof and £12,000 to get the clock working again.

It has currently raised around £20,000 – and the fundraising drive will continue this weekend at an event organised by St Martin’s Guild on Saturday at the church, from 11am to 3pm.

The front cover of the cookbook. (52956878)
The front cover of the cookbook. (52956878)

As part of this fair, a new cookbook titled the ‘East Woodhay Cookery Book’ is being launched.

The book is full of local recipes created by members of East Woodhay Artisans, alongside personalised tales to give the book a more local feel.

St Martin’s Guild secretary Sarah Leventhorpe said the family stories in the cookbook – which was put together by the guild’s committee members – gave it a more “personal touch”.

She said: “We thought the family stories were much more interesting, as the residents could say where the recipe came from, or how long it had been in their family.

“It could even just be tips, for example one of them said not to leave it too close to your sideboard if you have a Saluki, which obviously that person had, Salukis being quite tall and able to reach what was on the counter.

“It’s things like that which add a personal touch, as well as recipes which have been handed down.

“Some people have been in the village for a long time and can say ‘I’ve baked this cake every year for the feat for 40 years.’”

Mrs Leventhorpe added that her own daughter, Lucy, had contributed vodka pasta, which was “surprisingly delicious”.

As well as the new cookbook, the artisans will also be selling their usual homemade wares, including cushions, lampshades, coat hangers, door-stops, and a number of other things which they have sewn themselves at home.

There will also be cakes, tea and coffee.

The artisans usually sell at the annual St Martin’s Guild fete, raising money not just for the church but also for various community organisations, including the East Woodhay cricket club, East Woodhay Village Hall and St Martin’s School.

The money has also helped resurface the Heath End tennis court and fund the parish’s neighbourcare, which played a vital role in supporting residents during the coronavirus lockdowns.

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