It looks as easy as pie
ButcherTom’s deft skills
Haugh of Urr Rural President Andrea Irving welcomed the guest speaker, Tom Grierson.
Tom runs a prizewinning butcher’s shop in Castle Douglas and he gave a fascinating demonstration of how he creates a huge variety of products from a loin of lamb and a chicken.
He showed how to bone a chicken into its constituent parts, proving that if you know what you are doing, complex things can be made to look easy.
With the rise of cheap meat from supermarkets, independent butchers have had to start adding value to their products by preparing ready meals with basic fresh ingredients. Tom prides himself on using local suppliers as far as possible.
In addition to winning national prizes for some of his pies, he has also received a mentoring award for training his staff.
Having prepared a dozen appetising products, he generously donated them to the raffle, so some members went home with the next day’s dinner sorted.
Caroline McKean gave the vote of thanks.
After a delicious supper, there was a business meeting.
Andrea thanked everyone who helped prepare for the village fête and helped on the day. An overall profit of £155 was made.
She also thanked Tesco for generously donating plates, napkins, wet wipes and also giving a voucher as a raffle prize.
Twelve men entered the gingerbread competition, as well as 30 women, six teenagers and 20 undersevens. The overall winner was Rachel Williams. Competitions: Small antique object: 1 Liz Green; 2 Liz Smith; 3 Myrna Robertson.
Best piece of advice: 1 Helen Bullock; 2 Susan Smith; 3 Annette Craig.
Flower: 1 Annette Craig; 2 Alison Elkins; 3 Andrea Irving.
Award Tom Grierson, from Griersons in Castle Douglas, with one of his accolades