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John Rankin whips up a treat with community grant

A selection of cooking equipment laid out on a kitchen counter.

John Rankin School has opened its “Make it, Bake it” food technology room - a project supported by Newbury Building Society’s Community Support Scheme last November.

The £500 donation enabled the primary school to kit out six designated workstations for food preparation and educational activities such as food safety, understanding healthy eating and food nutrition, planning a recipe and budget the cost of ingredients. 

Launched in February, John Campbell, chef patron at the Michelin-starred The Woodspeen restaurant in Woodspeen attended to cut the official blue ribbon.   

Nicky Chester, Joint-Chair of John Rankin School PTFA said: “Newbury Building Society’s grant of £500 enabled us to purchase basic equipment such as wooden spoons, hand whisks, cooling racks and mixing bowls so the children could get straight into the kitchen and immediately start learning. Thank you very much NBS; it was a much longed for grant at a very timely moment!”

Since it opened its doors, the whole school has taken advantage of the food technology facility; including both its breakfast club and after school club.

Emma Simms, Marketing and Communications Manager at Newbury Building Society said: “The Community Support Scheme was launched to help improve the lives of local people. John Rankin School’s new kitchen space does just that by ensuring children learn fundamental food preparation and nutrition skills. Congratulations to John Rankin’s PTFA who worked tirelessly to raise the amount needed to make their vision a reality; we were delighted to contribute to its success. We hope the children enjoy their new cooking space.”

Further information about the Society’s Community Support Scheme and eligibility requirements can be found on its dedicated webpage. The deadline for the next intake of consideration is Sunday 5 May 2019.

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