2016 has started and the year is already in full swing. After a great break for all the bakers, we’ve started back baking bread in the Poets’ Corner area of Hove. The year ahead promises to be an exciting one, as we step up the search for a place to call home, and look to do more baking with community groups as the months go by.

everyday breadOur popular Everyday Bread workshops continue at The Hive in the new year. We’ll cover the basics of fermentation, kneading, shaping and baking, with all participants leaving with breads they’ve produced and enjoying a light seasonal meal. If you’re interested in learning to bake, we’ve got places left on our Everyday Bread workshops for Mondays February  15th, and March 21st between 6-10pm. You can book via the workshops section of the website.

hands and challahA lot of the work we do in the community is funded through grants from different funding bodies. I mentioned before Christmas that we secured another grant from the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund to continue our work with Happitots Preschool. This will enable us to deliver a series of healthy food and bread workshops to the children at this local preschool. We’re also very excited to announce that we’ve recently be awarded some money from the Hedgcock Bequest to run a series of follow-up sessions to our successful Bread Talk workshops at Hop 50+ on Palmeira Square. This time they will be open to both men and women, and will have a focus on both breadmaking and wellbeing.

Our bread is on The Hive’s menu, and we’re looking to develop this wholesale side of the business. As well as enjoying our bread when out, you can buy bread for your own table in the following ways.

  • Order bread during the week and collect it  from The Hive on Friday afternoons and alternate Saturdays.
  • Buy bread at the Hove Farmers’ Market on the third Saturday of each month – they’re taking a couple of months break, but will be back in March.
  • We’re also looking to do a Wednesday bake in the coming weeks – more information to come soon.

If you’re interested in buying bread from us then we have an order form in the Hive, or you can email orders to us on orders@stonehambakehouse.org.uk, or phone/text 07786927110. To see when we’re baking, and what you can order, you can visit our Buy Bread page.  We’re also still trialling an online order form. Visit our Buy Bread page, or go direct through this link.

You can now pay for your bread in a variety of ways. We continue to take cash, but in addition we can now take payment using Barclays PingIt, Paypal, and direct bank transfer or standing order. If you’re interested in these new payment methods please do get in contact. info@stonehambakehouse.org.uk

We’ve got lots of dreams and lots planned for Stoneham Bakehouse over this year, but what are your ideas? We’re in the process of analysing the results of the annual survey conducted before Christmas, and hope to make it easier to get our bread in the coming months. However, if you have any ideas or skills you would like to share with us we’re always open to ideas. It’s your community bakehouse, so we want you to help us shape its future.

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