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