Published: February 19, 2011
Culinary students serve up success at Highbridge food course

This characterful meal was one of the dishes prepared by students during a six-week cooking course in Highbridge this month.

The latest 'Food for Special Occasions' course arranged by Sedgemoor Community Partnership at Highbridge's Morland Hall has been hailed a success after being the first in a series of training modules held in partnership with Somerset Skills and Learning for Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities.

The object of the courses is to provide 19 local applicants with a free programme of adult learning which comprise both accredited and non-accredited courses.

Sedgemoor Community Partnership primarily target residents of the Morland Estate in Highbridge, in addition to deprived wards in Berrow, Burnham and Highbridge, plus residents across Somerset.

Each course is being run on weekday mornings during term time to allow parents with children at school to take part.

Richard Mathews, who is organising the courses, told "There is a symbiotic need for sustainability both at Morland Hall and with meaningful training for residents in the toughest economic climate for a generation, this is an opportunity not to be missed."

"Families are being encouraged to become involved with the community café at Morland Hall and with the Highbridge Community Youth Club and Highbridge Dreamscheme. Volunteers from Sedgemoor Community Partnership and local community organisations will also be encouraged to attend the training."

"This project offers the opportunity for hard-to-reach target groups to engage in expressive activities to develop skills that through community-led projects, such as the café, will enhance their participation in community activities and change lives."

"Previous courses have led to students taking up their own community projects and standing for public office. Learning advisors are available for student progression."

Due to the response from readers, the places on the remaining courses have already been filled, however Sedgemoor Community Partnership have been able to obtain a further round of funding for a General First Aid Training Module with Gavin Churchill from British Red Cross.

Three Thursday sessions will be starting from March 31st. In order to obtain full enrolment information and reserve a place on this course, applicants will need to email here or call 07827647856 and leave a number. Places are limited.

Pictured, from left to right, are Kim Chatwin (Highbridge Residents Association); Solvieg Curran (Tutor, Sedgemoor Life); Sue Swadling; Tracy Hughes; Lorraine Hamblin; Kerry Brazier; Pauline Loverage; Phillip Green; Wendy LeMarchand; Samantha Smith and Nichola Plimblett


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