Church slated for new roof as vil­lagers have their cake and eat it

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By XIN­HUA in Lon­don

An ed­i­ble auc­tion has left a vil­lage in cen­tral Eng­land rel­ish­ing the prospect of sink­ing their teeth into a plan to ren­o­vate the lo­cal church.

A model of the en­tire vil­lage of Youl­grave in Der­byshire has been cre­ated in mouth­wa­ter­ing de­tail, a task that has taken lo­cal res­i­dent Lynn Nolan six months to com­plete.

Some of the pieces will be auc­tioned to raise money to pay for a new roof for All Saint’s Parish Church, one of the fo­cal points in Youl­grave.

Thou­sands of peo­ple have al­ready vis­ited the church to view the cake ahead of the auc­tion.

On Thurs­day, crowds will gather at the vil­lage to bid in the auc­tion.

Some of the pieces, in­clud­ing the church and the school, are to be dis­trib­uted among the older peo­ple of the vil­lage as well as the needy. But the rest will be sold to the high­est bid­ders.

Help­ing hand

When Nolan started to make the replica, peo­ple from around the vil­lage of­fered a help­ing hand by do­nat­ing in­gre­di­ents rang­ing from ic­ing su­gar to bot­tles of whiskey to en­sure a col­lec­tion of tasty build­ings.

Nolan and a team of helpers clocked up al­most 400 hours to cre­ate the model.

The cake-mak­ing task in­volved mak­ing roof tiles, win­dows and even small bricks and road gravel, every bit ed­i­ble.

Some parts of the church, of­fi­cially listed be­cause of its his­toric value, date back to the 12th cen­tury.

The church needs to come up with more than $300,000 for the new roof. The cake auc­tion will raise some of the cost.

FAYEZ NURELDINE / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Jock­eys com­pete at the King Ab­du­laziz Race­track in the Saudi cap­i­tal Riyadh. Horse rac­ing is one of the few di­ver­sions in the coun­try, where al­co­hol, pub­lic cin­e­mas and the­aters are banned.

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