Diamond Jubilee meals on the menu for Kirkby pupils

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PRIMARY school children from Kirkby and its surrounding villages are being given the chance to show off their culinary skills as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this years.

Kirkby’s Ashwood Church is organising the Junior Jubilee Recipe Competition for youngsters aged between five and 11.

Budding chefs will write out their favourite family recipe and, if it is chosen, they will be asked to cook it in front of a panel of judges - with help from a parent or carer.

The judges will then photograph and taste the finished product before deciding which ones should be included in the Jubilee Recipe Book.

It will be sold in the community and all money raised will be donated to a local charity.

Kirsty Bell, a youth co-ordinator at Ashwood Church, is organising the competition with Rachel Atchinson, from Ashwood Community Resource.

Said Kirsty: “The main reasons why we have decided to do this is to bring a sense of community across the schools and to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“We also hope to promote family values and families working together throughout the competition.”

The schools taking part are Abbey Hill, Greenwood, Jeffries, Kingsway, Kirkby Woodhouse, Morven Park and Annesley primary schools.

Supported by Ashfield District Council and Ashwood Community Resource, the event is now open and youngsters have until 24th February to send in their entries.

Participants will be asked to cook their recipes in early March and the winners will be chosen on 23rd March.

The book is due to be published in May.