Pupils and parents from Cawston Church of England Primary Academy rose to the culinary challenge last week as the school hosted its inaugural Great Cawston Bake-Off.
There were 20 entries across five categories and the cakes were sold off at the end of the day, raising £190 for the school. The contest was judged by Emma Mould from the education department of the school’s catering provider, Chartwells.
The winner of the Showstopper challenge was a replica of Cawston Parish Church (pictured above), made from gingerbread, complete with “stained glass” and a gingerbread vicar.
The snow-covered church was created by two families, who joined forces to complete their grand design.
Josie Baker, who chairs Friends of Cawston Primary, said: “It was wonderful to see the whole school community support this event, either by making an entry or by joining us to have a cuppa and slice of cake after.
“We clearly have an amazing group of bakers at Cawston Primary and I cannot wait to see what next year brings.”
Team Vicar Andrew Whitehead added: “It was a fantastic event and I was so delighted to see the church used as inspiration for the winning showstopper.
“In fact we liked it so much that church members bought the gingerbread church so we could share it at our Walking Nativity on the following Sunday.”
On the morning of Sunday16 December, Cawston’s Walking Nativity saw a festive throng of villagers dressing up as characters from the nativity story (pictured below). As they walked through the village they joined in singing carols as they heard the famous story retold.
At the village’s pub, the Bell Inn, the budding actors were first told there was “no room in the inn”, before the innkeeper relented and invited them in for some Christmas hospitality, which included a piece of the gingerbread church.