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Annual Sheep Drive and Livery Fair

Annual Sheep Drive and Livery Fair 

The Bakers were delighted to be able to join in the fun of the Annual Sheep Drive and Livery Fair, organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, that took place on Southwark Bridge on Sunday 6th September. The weather was perfect: not too hot, no rain and just enough breeze to be enjoyable. Early in the morning

the Master, Liveryman Autton and two students from the National Bakery School (Nick Woods and Leah Williams) set up the stand at the North end of the bridge in Queens Place. We were later joined by Rachel Stonehouse and Tiggy Elwes (also from the National Bakery School) who happily pitched in to sell our goods. Amongst our wares, we were offering tea, coffee and fresh doughnuts to the passers-by, including a startling number of tourists who were bemused and interested in equal measure by the spectacle. We had a great pitch which allowed us to ply our wares to event visitors as they entered the fair, and to catch the eye of strangers and friends alike. The doughnuts were a particular draw for the many children who were visiting with parents destined to drive a sheep, and even the Lord Mayor himself was snapped as he attempted to eat one without dripping jam down his robes!

Further items for sale were pre-prepared bags of baked goods which included a loaf of bread, a pack of hot cross buns, small jars of jam and marmalade and cookies and cakes decorated with woolly sheep. Packets of chocolate drops were also included; these being generously donated by Callebaut, suppliers of chocolate to the baking and catering trades; who also

gave a hamper simply groaning with chocolate goodies. This was eventually won in a prize draw by a young lady who was delighted by her luck. Other members of the Company joined us during the day to display their prowess at parting the punters from their money in a good cause. Past Master Reese and his lady, Diana; Past Master Wilkins and his lady, Valerie were experts in this field and the combined efforts of all our sales force netted over £1800 for the Benevolent Fund.

We are indebted not only to our members and the students from the school; we must thank our other donors too. The ever-popular doughnuts were supplied by Dunn’s of Crouch End; Bakels provided the cookies and cakes; Nicholas & Harris baked us the bread and hot cross buns; and the jams and marmalade came courtesy of Tiptree & Co. We are hugely grateful to them all, and look forward to another great event in 2022.

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