It looks as easy as pie

ButcherTom’s deft skills

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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

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