Calling Lincolnshire Bakers – Win Lots of Dough and KitchenAid Appliances

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– Tiptree World Bread Awards 2016 –

The Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food return for the fourth year to celebrate and reward the skill of bread making.

Open to both professionals – artisan bread makers, small high street bakers – and amateurs, there are fifteen categories including the KitchenAid Young Baker Award which is broken down into two age sections: Under 12s and 12 – 17 year-olds.

An expert panel including Great British Bake Off stars Luis Troyano, Frances Quinn, Kimberley Wilson and Martha Collison, also Andrew Whitley, founder of the Real Bread Campaign and Mike Holling, former CEO of the Craft Bakers’ Association will apply their strict criteria to over 500 sweet and savoury loaf entries.  One further category is chosen by the public, The People’s Choice, allows bread fans from across the country to vote for their favourite bakery.

Entries must be registered by 4 September 2016 in time for the Judging Day on Wednesday 21 September at Westminster Cathedral.   Winners will be announced at a harvest-themed reception in central London in October.

The overall winner receives a cheque for £1000, an iconic KitchenAid Artisan 6.9L Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, an Artisan Two-Slot Toaster and an Artisan Kettle (RRP £1200).  The winners of the two KitchenAid Young Baker categories each receive a KitchenAid Artisan 4.8L Stand Mixer in Empire Red (RRP £429).

Awards Director, Caroline Kenyon comments, “In just four years, the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food have already established themselves as the most prestigious in their field.  We couldn’t have achieved this without the help of our amazing judging panel and generous sponsors.”

For more details and to see the full list of award categories, along with last year’s winners, please visit

For further information, interviews and photographs, please contact: Sue Richmond: email:, mobile: 07708 690707


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We have managed to reinstate the circulation of Good Taste to Members, which means you  won’t have to collect them.

Some members have requested a larger number to take to shows and markets.

The next edition is due to be printed during August for Autumn time.

Can you please let us know by 20th July if you either do not wish to receive copies of Good Taste to give to your customers or how many copies you would like to receive to distribute for a 3 month period.  Another edition will be out in November.

Business Survey -Proposed Food Enterprise Zone at Holbeach


Have your say! – Deadline for responses 11th July

As part of the development of the proposed Food Enterprise Zone in Holbeach, South Holland District Council would like to find out more about the needs of local businesses. To help them to do this, we’d like to ask you to complete a short online survey.

Just follow this link –

The survey should only take about five minutes to complete, and the closing date is Monday 11th July.

Thank you for taking the time – your input is very useful to us.

If you would like to know more about Food Enterprize Zones across Lincolnshire please see the GLLEP web site




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As Crufts celebrated its 125th anniversary as the largest dog show in the UK, Laughing Dog, one of the few pet food manufacturers in the UK to bake its entire range of dog food, revealed for the very first time, its fully restored 1951 vintage van, known as TED.

Named after Laughing Dog’s founder, Ted Grant OBE, this 1951 Morris J-Type van has been lovingly restored by Ted’s grandson, William Grant, a classic vehicle enthusiast, at the bakery’s site in Boston, Lincolnshire. As the 18th oldest vehicle of the original 44,000 made, TED is one of the few lucky survivors left today and marks a historic moment for the family run bakery.

Taking over 1,750 man hours to complete, with each of the 60 different sections of its make-up demanding traditional metal working techniques, many of which have been used for over a century, the restoration project has been no easy feat. ‘Sheet metal can behave in the most peculiar of ways,’ explains William who has a keen interest in metal work. ‘It has certainly been a steep learning curve for me and a very great privilege to work on such a rare piece.’

‘The majority of the parts produced were shaped using the English wheel, mechanical hammers or simply beaten over formers which took the shape of the piece I was replicating. Once I had brought the van back to its original state by keeping all of the original features to ensure for authenticity (apart from the addition of a later engine capable of better performance and speeds!), it was sign written by hand by Mervin Dove, a skilled craftsman, also based in Lincolnshire, who has over 50 years of experience and is one of only a handful capable of such work in the UK. Mervin was able to create the authentic imagery, script and feel which would have been existent on the original articles.




Greater Lincolnshire LEP  are asking for help in structuring the Greater Lincolnshire Water Plan

Please see below the AHDB access to water survey which we’d like to encourage you to complete.  This survey feeds directly into our emerging Greater Lincolnshire Water Plan and is therefore an important reference document in the evidence base.

Please see further details and background below.


Why vegetable and potato growers should participate in the AHDB access to water survey

In the south east and some other areas the population is growing, and to maintain environmental standards of water bodies, several changes in licensing will take place. All permanent licences will be converted to time limited permits and ‘head room’ is expected to be removed. The situation could be particularly difficult in future for those businesses which want to expand and use more water.

At the recent United Kingdom Irrigation Association (UKIA) conference a speaker from Spain explained that in his eastern catchment, 80% of total water is used for agriculture/horticulture. Laws regarding governance of water go back 1,000 years. Reservoir capacity can cope with a seven year drought. In Britain, there is no established legal right of agriculture for water, and indeed agriculture is not regarded as an ‘essential user’ by Defra. Our reservoir capacity is tiny in comparison with other countries. In relation to the Water Framework Directive monitoring, the quality of our waterways is generally much poorer than in France, Spain, Italy and Denmark. There are several reasons, including our industrial heritage and lack of storage capacity.

AHDB isn’t a lobbying organisation; however we can state the facts. AHDB has a direct line to the industry and to those who want to lobby on behalf of growers and as such we can help generate the impartial data to inform that debate. Defra and the Environment Agency have also said that they lack data on water use by agriculture/horticulture and that they can’t or won’t fund the obtaining of that data. Growers in various sectors around the country have little by way of unifying organisations, but there is AHDB, which is why a strategic decision has been taken to undertake this work.  There have been many reports making reference to water for agriculture, and figures from a few relatively small areas, but there is a major gap at the national level and this is what the AHDB water use survey aims to address.

Because horticulture is so diverse, small samples can’t be extrapolated to the whole. The only way to clarify the importance of irrigation water is by a really large number of farmers and growers answering the questions, so that all types of horticulture and water availability and parts of the country are represented.  One need for a national picture is that some decisions, such as on grants for reservoir construction, are made on a national level.

If a grower has looked up the figures required beforehand (listed in the blurb at the top of the survey), completing the survey takes 20-30 minutes. So far, there has been stronger input from potato growers than from vegetable and protected crop growers.