Re­tire­ment vil­lage’s Christ­mas cake-off

Res­i­dent picks up trophy in na­tional bak­ing com­pe­ti­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

I can see the en­joy­ment and

sat­is­fac­tion peo­ple get out of mak­ing the

cakes”

A RE­TIRE­MENT vil­lage hosted a Christ­mas cake-mak­ing contest, with peo­ple en­ter­ing from around the UK.

The fi­nal of the na­tional bak­ing contest was held at Den­ham Gar­den Vil­lage on Wed­nes­day last week.

Nes­tle’s ex­ec­u­tive de­vel­op­ment chef Steve Oram was one of the judges at the event, which in­volved peo­ple from re­tire­ment homes across the UK show­ing off their best Christ­mas cake mak­ing skills.

After more than 200 were en­tered in seven re­gional com­pe­ti­tions, 63 made it through to the fi­nal, fo­cussing on a theme of the im­por­tance of Christ­mas.

One of the res­i­dents of Den­ham Gar­den Vil­lage, Joan Emms, picked up the trophy for third place with her Fa­ther Christ­mas-in­spired cake. The an­nual contest was or­gan­ised by An­chor Trust, which runs Den­ham Gar­den Vil­lage, and other re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties in the UK.

An­chor’s cater­ing man­ager Richard Herne said: “This com­pe­ti­tion is so im­por­tant for our res­i­dents as bak­ing is an en­joy­able ac­tiv­ity they would have done with their fam­i­lies when they were younger.

“Even those with very ad­vance de­men­tia have fond mem­o­ries of the fes­tive sea­son which can be evoked by the smell and taste of Christ­mas cake.

“I can see the en­joy­ment and sat­is­fac­tion peo­ple get out of mak­ing the cakes, and the sto­ries be­hind them bring a tear to my eye.”

TASTE TEST: (From left) David Byrne of An­chor Trust, judge Rob Martin, third prize win­ner Joan Emms and or­gan­iser Richard Herme at Den­ham Gar­den Vil­lage

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