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Roberts Bakery Band Strikes A Chord With 40 Year Celebration

Roberts Bakery Band Strikes A Chord With 40 Year Celebration

Celebrations have been taking place as the Roberts Bakery band marks a 40-year partnership with sponsors Roberts Bakery.

Lindsay said: “We’re delighted to mark this 40-year milestone and to continue our support of the band. It’s wonderful to see the band attracting a pool of very talented players and competing in some top-class contests. This is a big year for the band and I’m really looking forward to seeing them achieve even more success throughout the year.”

Musical director Paul Lovatt-Cooper added: “We’re very excited to now be in our 40th year and to celebrate a fantastic partnership with Roberts Bakery. The support of Roberts Bakery over the last four decades years really has helped to make the band what it is today and I’m so proud to see it going from strength to strength.

The Sandbach-based band has a busy year planned and is currently rehearsing for the North West Area Brass Band Championships, which take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 23 February. The highlight of the year will be a special 40th anniversary concert at the Grange Theatre in Hartford on 11 October. The event will raise money for Prevent Breast Cancer – a charity that Roberts Bakery has supported for more than 10 years.

Supporting the Community

Supporting the Community

On Friday 13th December, we at Frank Roberts helped to spread a little Christmas cheer with a special delivery of bread, teacakes and gingerbread to our friends at Manchester City F.C. whose ‘City in the Community’ work supports various charities in the Greater Manchester area.

City in the Community were spending the day volunteering to pack and deliver hampers to various good causes in and around the City centre. Amongst the charities receiving food items were Booth Centre, SPIN (both supporting homeless and vulnerable people), Manchester Settlement, Tameside Care Leavers, Manchester Care Leavers and Willow View Children’s Home. We’re proud to have been able to help with this very worthwhile endeavour!

Positive Press!

We just keep getting our name into the news! Did you see the story about our limited edition cricket bread? It’s made with real crickets – read about it here.

Or maybe you saw that we’ve been talking to the next generation about what it’s like to work in manufacturing – click here for the story.

And of course, our partnership with Roberts Bakery Brass Band continues to grow strong – read about their newest member.

It's a Party!

It's a Party!

Tuesday 19th November had a very festive feel for a group from Frank Roberts & Sons who spent the day at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.  Santa’s little helpers – AnnMarie Bulcock, Brett Boden, Clare Bebbington and Joyce Hepburn from Little Treats, Andy Matzen from Roberts Bakery and Claire Pitcher, Janine Jarratt and Rachel Dickinson from Frank Roberts, went along to the centre to assist staff there with one of CAFT’s well-received Christmas Parties.  Each child visiting the charity for a party is treated to a day of festive fun, including a visit to a Christmas barn to meet the animals, party games, turkey dinner, a visit to the elves workshop for festive arts and crafts before the highlight, meeting Santa, where all of the children are given a sack full of carefully-matched gifts, donated by the charity’s supporters.

Dressed as the centre’s Christmas characters and new Mascots Bobby and Rosie, our team were on-hand in the winter wonderland courtyard to greet the children when they arrived at the farmhouse to see the big man in his red suit, and to wave them goodbye as the children left for home. Brett Boden from Little Treats said, ‘to be a part of this magical day for the children is an amazing feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed participating and look forward to doing more with this fantastic charity’. The party itself, which entertained children from Piper’s Hollow School, is the second of twenty-five which CAFT will host during the festive season.

Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular!

Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular!

12 enthusiastic volunteers from Frank Roberts & Sons once again supported the Joshua Tree in helping at the Arley Hall shopping event on 13th November. Our team, hailing from across the business, worked all day in the Gardeners Kitchen; serving food, clearing tables, washing up, and selling raffle tickets. Also helping for the day were 2 of our retired community, Carole Morrison and Brenda Stonely.

Catherine Bickerton from the Joshua Tree said:

‘A huge thank you to your amazing team for all their support on Wednesday. The café was the busiest I have ever seen it, and everyone was fantastic. We have had lovely feedback from the Arley staff as well as the Organising Committee about you, and we were also hugely grateful to those who stayed on to help us to pack up at the end of the day.

‘We would absolutely love to welcome you back next year – thank you!’

 

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October proved to be a very eventful month celebrating our support for one of our principal charities, Prevent Breast Cancer. For many years this month has been well known for being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for 2019 we decided to really make it our mission to spread the word!

Firstly we arranged for the Boobee bus – a huge double decker bus painted bright pink – to come to Gadbrook Park, and we invited everyone working on the Park that day to join us for some fun and friendly advice.

Then for the end of the month when the clocks went back and the nights were drawing in, we lit up the whole of the front of the bakery bright pink – creating quite a landmark for all those thousands of people who drive past us every day.

Last, but certainly not least, 5th generation Roberts family members Laura & James are taking on the challenge of Everest Base Camp, hoping to raise a significant amount of money for this amazing charity. Read all about it in their own words here. We wish them luck!

HellRunner

HellRunner

After a week of non-stop rain, the sun finally returned for the start of the annual HellRunner event, held at Delamere Forest on Saturday 12th October. Now in its 6th year, HellRunner set the bar for off-road running at a new high with the unforgiving terrain of Delamere Forest. Peppered with water features and beyond rough underfoot, the event also features the legendary Bog of Doom, Devil’s Disco, Hills of Hell and Lucifer’s Lido.

This year, Gary Kelsall, IT and Rachel Dickinson, PA, took on the epic challenge of what is billed as “the UK’s toughest half marathon”, running on behalf of the amazing charity Children with Cancer. With 982 finishers, the Frank Roberts duo finished the race in 4hrs 6 mins and 4hrs 27 minutes respectively. Gary and Rachel have so far raised over £700 for the charity, and we are very proud of them.

Community Day at Forest Camp

Community Day at Forest Camp

On 9 October, a team from the bakery spent the day at Forest Camp Activity Centre in Sandiway to help them prepare for winter. The volunteers cleared leaves, cut down trees, opened up paths and reshaped and cleared out the blindfolded obstacle course to make it bigger, better and ready to be explored! We have worked closely with Forest Camp over the last five years, having used their hidden gem of a venue to deliver our staff values programme to about 800 people. This visit ensured that our ongoing relationship with the Scouts and Forest Camp continues to go from strength to strength.

We have worked closely with Forest Camp over the last five years, having used their hidden gem of a venue to deliver our staff values programme to about 800 people. This visit ensured that our ongoing relationship with the Scouts and Forest Camp continues to go from strength to strength.

Say cheese! Roberts Bakery's debuts at the Nantwich Show

Say cheese! Roberts Bakery's debuts at the Nantwich Show

July 2019 saw Roberts Bakery become one of the Main Sponsors of the Nantwich Show, which includes the International cheese and dairy awards. On the Tuesday 30th July saw the judging of over 5,000 cheese entries from 30 different countries, including for the first time Japan! The ‘Big Cheese lunch’ followed with a 3 course meal for 1,400 guests, which included some specially crafted bread rolls expertly produced by Paul Graves.

As part of our sponsorship, along with our giant #NEXT GEN inflatable sampling our range of products, the main double door entrance to the huge cheese marquee became a massive Roberts bloomer loaf to walk through and became a fun talking point!

The main Show day of Wednesday 31st July sadly got cancelled due to the weather, however the huge cheese marquee with celebrity chefs still opened for free to the public. We were able to relocate our Roberts stand next to the Chefs demonstration area and enjoyed a very busy day engaging with a packed marquee of visitors coming out in support of the Show. We actually ended up selling out of all product by 2.30pm!

We had many engaging chats with the community about all things Roberts Bakery and the Mayor of Nantwich stopped by for some bread and a picture. Celebrity chef James Martin called by for some bread to use for one of his cooking demonstrations and was pleased to take home some Roberts bread! A great success despite the main Show being cancelled and we are already in talks about plans for 2020!

Dragon Boat Racing!

Dragon Boat Racing!

On Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July, the Northwich town centre was abuzz with activity as visitors flocked to the banks of the Weaver and Dane to celebrate this year’s annual Northwich River Festival, organised by the Rotary Club of Northwich.

A valiant team from Frank Roberts braved the waters and took on 21 other teams from local businesses in the infamous Dragon Boat Race.

Racing in aid of Prevent, one of the principle charities we support, the team raised over £500 in sponsorship, which will be split between Prevent and the Northwich Rotary Club’s chosen charity, Cheshire Without Abuse. Additional money was raised for Prevent as the team hosted a charity biscuit stall selling ‘gingerbread dragons’. The day was not without drama as the FRS team capsized in the River Weaver on the way to one of the start lines. Making the decision to bravely carry on, the team, made up of individuals from across the business, secured their fastest time of the day to secure a respectable 9th place overall.

Community Champions at the Cheshire Show

Community Champions at the Cheshire Show

An overcast day at the Royal Cheshire County Show couldn’t dampen the spirits of an army of volunteers from Roberts Bakery as they rose up against the nation’s use of plastic.

The 40-strong team showed off the bakery’s freshly developed recyclable bread packaging and handed out samples of Roberts’ new ‘Digestion Boost’ range of bloomers to thousands of visitors during the two-day show.

Graham Finnigan, community champion, said: “It was fantastic to engage with so many people from our community and to tell them all about what we’ve done to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

“A staggering 11,000 tonnes of plastic bread packaging is used and thrown away each year in the UK and we’re really proud to be driving change with this pioneering new packaging that can be recycled at home.”

Roberts Bakery celebrated its 14th consecutive year as principal sponsor of the Cheshire Show with deputy chairman and fourth generation family member Mike Roberts opening proceedings in the Roberts Bakery Food Live Tent.

Third generation family member David Roberts also dropped into the Roberts’ giant inflatable tent to sample the bakery’s new ‘Digestion Boost’ range of Heroic Wholemeal, Wondrous White and Seriously Seeded bloomers.

And the Roberts Bakery Band made its debut at the show, playing four lively sets of music to crowds on the first day.

Get Ready for This Show!

Get Ready for This Show!

Roberts Bakery Band is all set to go at this year’s Royal Cheshire County Show – headlining on Tuesday 18th June.

The final set list is yet to be announced, but the band’s musical director Paul Lovatt-Cooper has revealed that it will include well-known hits from international artists Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Coldplay.

The 30-strong band will play at the live arena outside the Roberts Bakery Food Hall at 10.30am and 2pm and on the bandstand at 4pm. Members of the band will also perform an exclusive concert at the Presidents Lunch.

There’s more information here and here.

Digging Deep for CAFT

An army of volunteers dug deep to transform an unused outdoor space into visitor car parking at a local children’s charity.

Recently, 10 of our staff spent the day digging out banking and removing bushes and weeds at The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), which is based at Booth Bank Farm in Millington. The newly cleared area will provide much needed parking for the charity’s minibuses and up to 20 visitor and staff cars.

Roberts has been a long-time supporter of CAFT, which provides holidays, respite care and activity days for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

Roberts family member Lindsay Occleston was among the 10-strong volunteer team that tackled the overgrowth. She said: “Creating this new car park was vital to CAFT but they were really struggling to get this job done themselves. We were delighted to dig in and help this wonderful charity and we were all amazed at how much work we got through in a day. It was fantastic for even more people from Roberts to do something positive in the community and to learn more about a local charity that does so much for so many children from our region.”

Cake-Off!

Did you see us in the Northwich Guardian?

Did you see us in the Northwich Guardian?

The news doesn’t stop… we’ve found ourselves in it again after our Charity Cake-Off event made £350.

Read all about it here!

Gingerbread Socks for World Down's Syndrome Day

Once again we have supported the Gingerbread Sock campaign for World Down’s Syndrome Day – this year producing over 50,000 biscuits!

We are thrilled to support this campaign and its founder, Emma Harris; read more about her here.

Inaugural Community ReAwards celebrate good Northwich causes

We’re in the Northwich Guardian again – read all about why HERE

Brilliant School of Baking

Since September 2018, we have baked with over 600 Year 5 children taking our Roberts ‘Brilliant School of Baking’ to schools all over our heartland.

Last month we visited Delamere Academy, where the Year 5 had a fantastic morning with our Star Baker, Paul Graves. The children produced some tasty breads and learned all about life inside the bakery, along with the Roberts family history. The morning concluded with an excellent discussion about career opportunities and all the various job roles and skills we need at Roberts.

MMU Visit

We hosted a number of business study students from Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday 1st February. Mike Roberts, Deputy Chairman and Graham Finnigan, Community Champion, looked after our guests with a tour of one of our Bread Plants followed by a Q&A session.

We received some super feedback and thanks from Bryony Rowe – Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor:

‘I wanted to say a big thank you for the excellent hosting for Friday’s Business Visit – the whole day was a great experience from start to finish. Thank you both for taking the time out of your days to give so much information both before and after the factory tour, I think it was clear to the students just how ‘hands on’ all staff are in the process.

The tour was really interesting, and it was clear the ‘tour guides’ really lived and breathed the operation; their enthusiasm for their work was obvious.

All in all, an excellent time was had by everyone and the feedback was really positive. I speak for all the students when I say thank you so much, and we hope we may be able to return in the future’.

David Roberts Recognised by British Society of Baking

David Roberts Recognised by British Society of Baking

The achievements of David Roberts – of the North West-based Roberts bakery – have recently been recognised with a Lifetime Honorary Award from the prestigious British Society of Baking.

David is from the third generation of family bakers and has dedicated over 50 years of his life to developing the brand. During his time working for Roberts, he held the roles of Production Director, Managing Director, and Chairman, retiring in 2006. During David’s leadership, investment was made into the bakery’s capacity – seeing an increase to 90,000 loaves a week by 1962. Five years later, employee numbers had grown to over 200 and a fleet of 50 vehicles were delivering Roberts loaves across the region.

Fast forward to today and it’s only right to celebrate David’s contribution to the brand.  The bakery now serves major supermarkets across the UK from plants in Cheshire and Derbyshire. It employs 900 people and it’s still run by the fourth generation of the Roberts family.

On making the award, Richard Hazeldine, Chairman of the British Society of Baking said: “David joined the British Society of Baking in 1971 and contributed greatly to the its advancement in the 1970s and 80s from his work on various committees. He also played a key role as our Chairman from 1981 to 1982. He also contributed to the success of our Golden Jubilee Conference in 2006 as a key speaker at its evening dinner. David continues to support us and our conferences to this day and embodies everything that is good about being a member of the BSB.”

David Roberts said of his accolade: “I’m very happy to have received the Lifetime Honorary Award from the British Society of Baking. The bakery industry is quite literally in the family’s blood and it’s most rewarding to look back on where we have come and to where we are now heading with the future of the brand. There are many exciting time ahead that I’m looking forward to being part of as a family member.”

Roberts’ Managing Director Stuart Spencer-Calnan said: “I can speak for everyone here at the bakery when I say how delighted we are that David’s lifetime of dedication to the industry has been recognised in this way. To receive a Lifetime Honorary Award from an organisation that’s dedicated to providing a forum for learning within the industry is most fitting. Huge congratulations and many thanks to David for everything he has done for the bakery and industry as a whole over the years.”

Roberts Bakery Band Update

Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

Our Roberts Bakery Band has had a very busy Christmas period playing to some sold out audiences around Cheshire.

On Wednesday, 12th December, they played at St Peter’s Church, Newton Le Willows where a surprise guest in a white beard made an appearance distributing Roberts Bakery goodies around the audience!

 

On Saturday, 15th December, they played their final concert of 2018 at the Annual Christmas concert in Sandbach Town Hall along with the Sandbach High school choir.

Both concerts featured festive songs and the audiences got the opportunity to join in with a few carols.

All of the Christmas music they played is on the Band’s new CD which is available through their Facebook page – well worth a listen!!

Community Update

Roberts serves up festive cheer at Arley Shopping Spectacular

Roberts serves up festive cheer at Arley Shopping Spectacular

Festive spirit came early to the Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular as 1,500 visitors dug deep to raise money for local charity The Joshua Tree. And when the Christmas shoppers were ready for a bite to eat, a team of 10 volunteers from Roberts Bakery were on hand to serve up some tasty snacks and drinks in the Gardener’s Kitchen café.

This is the third consecutive year that staff from the Rudheath-based bakery have volunteered at the two-day event, which this year hopes to raise at least £30,000 for The Joshua Tree. The charity supports families across Cheshire and the North West who are affected by children’s cancer.

 

Pippa Watson-Peck, Fundraising, Communications and Events Manager at The Joshua Tree, said: “The Shopping Spectacular is a huge community event and it could not happen without the terrific help of many volunteers, like Roberts Bakery. We’re really grateful to receive the continued support of the bakery, particularly as we are working so hard to develop our new purpose-built support centre in Sandiway where we will be able to provide more counselling, practical and therapeutic help for families. The money raised from the event will go towards the build, which we hope to complete by the end of next year.”

The Roberts Bakery band also played a special concert at the shopping preview evening where visitors were treated to a medley of Christmas tunes whilst shopping and enjoying a glass of festive fizz.

UPDATE: We can confirm that this event raised £37,000! Well done everyone!

Brilliant School of Baking

Half term report!

Half term report!

Our very successful Roberts ‘Brilliant School of Baking’ continues to engage and educate Year 5 pupils across our heartland.

Since the start of the new school year in September, we have #embracedthenew and rebranded our schools educational visits. We have invested in new ‘Next Gen’ aprons, recipe cards and certificates.

Once the children have baked their tasty bread, they are now presented in paper bags along with the message of our first to market 100% recyclable Bloomer bags – engaging with the Next Gen on the environment!

This half term, we have baked with 282 Year 5 pupils. Most of the schools involved have already booked us up for 2019!

Here’s to another very busy half term in the run up to Christmas!

Charity Update

Children in Need fundraiser

Children in Need fundraiser

Many of our staff got behind Children in Need to raise some funds for this amazing charity …  at our small Roberts Bakery Ilkeston site, staff enjoyed raising money with a variety of events such as a cake sale, Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar, Paper Aeroplane Competition and, of course, The Duck Race to name a few.  They raised over £70, and had lots of laughs and fun along the way, all for a fabulous cause.  This is a great way of bringing our values to life – well done to everyone who took part.

Bakery staff tuck in to boost children's charity outdoor activities

Bakery staff tuck in to boost children's charity outdoor activities

The great British weather won’t stop children who visit the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) from enjoying the great outdoors.

Thanks to £650 raised through sales in the office tuck shop, the money was donated to CAFT to buy much-needed outdoor wear so youngsters can take part in activities like den-building and feeding farm animals while visiting the farm.

Based at Booth Bank Farm in Millington, the charity provides holidays, respite care and activity days for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from across the north west.

“With running costs of more than £1 million a year, we simply don’t have funds to buy extra items like outdoor clothing and we rely on donations from our generous supporters.

“This fantastic donation from Roberts means that the children will stay warm and dry whilst enjoying lots of outdoor activities that will really help to enrich their lives.”

Roberts family member Lindsay Occleston went along to CAFT with Roberts’ community group member Rachel Dickinson, to meet some of the children and present the new clothing.

The kit includes warm hats, gloves, waterproofs, aprons, wellies and wellie liners.

Charity Update

Halfway to Hell - Valhalla Up North Team entry

Halfway to Hell - Valhalla Up North Team entry

A very wet and windy 13th October saw three intrepid members of Frank Roberts staff take part in the Hell Runner North West event.

Gary Kelsall – IT Technician, Sam Sargeant – Procurement Assistant and Rachel Dickinson – PA endured the 6.6 mile run through the deepest, darkest parts of the forest, enduring countless ditches and gullies, as well as the infamous finale finish of the Bog of Doom.

Despite a very muddy afternoon, Cheshire fire brigade were on hand to hose down runners who were taking part in both the 13-mile Hell Run and 6.6 mile Valhalla.  Our team entry did an amazing job and to date have raised over £300.00 in aid of Claire House Hospice.

Roberts Bakery Band Update

September 2018

September 2018

The Roberts Bakery Band has a very busy September supporting two great local causes.

On saturday 22nd September they played at the St Luke’s Hospice Autumn Gala, within the stunning surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Nantwich.

Joining our fantastic band, the concert also featured music performed by the Rhos Orpheus Male Choir, recognised as the finest male voice choir in Wales, along with soprano, Jessica Thayer.  The concert had a “Last Night at the Proms” theme to the evening.  Also on display were our new Roberts Bakery “Next Gen” music stand banners which we think look fabulous!

On Sunday 23rd September the band played to a sell out audience at the at the Northwich Memorial Court, along with Fodens Band and Lions Youth Brass.  The concert ‘From Sandbach to Switzerland’ was organised by Roberts to help raise funds for the Lions Youth Brass to travel to compete in Switzerland next year.

The concert music from films and musicals.  Highlights included a James Bond medley by the Roberts Bakery Band.  All three bands joined together on stage for a mass finale.  There was a standing ovation before they completed the evening with a moving rendition of “You’ll never walk alone”.

Roberts Family News

Lindsay's Epic Journey

Lindsay's Epic Journey

Forth generation Family member Lindsay Occleston recently completed a mammoth bike ride in aid of Prevent.

Breast cancer survivor Lindsay joined a 34 man team for a four day bike ride, over 270 gruelling miles, from Salzburg to Vienna.  To date, the event has raised over £3,000 pounds for the Prevent Breast cancer charity.

To find out more about Prevent and the work the organisation carries out, please click here.

Freedom of Northwich Award for David Roberts

Freedom of Northwich Award for David Roberts

David was presented with the Freedom of Northwich award from Town Mayor Alison Gerrard in recognition of all the work he has put into the town throughout his lifetime.  During David’s long career with the Family business he managed to put the local community at its heart, a legacy that continues to this day. After retiring, David had more time to focus on some key projects within the community in particular the creation of the Lion salt works Museum – something truly iconic in Northwich.

He has worked tirelessly for the implementation of the Neighbourhood Plan – to provide housing and leisure facilities for the benefit of the whole town and he has been a Governor of the Russett School and for Sir John Deane’s where he has provided sound advice and support for many years. David is an immensely popular and respected citizen of the town and he has enjoyed the good wishes from so many people from within the local community for this unique honour.

Community Project Update

Through rain and muddy puddles, the dog show will go on!

Through rain and muddy puddles, the dog show will go on!

Starting off our Community calendar for 2018/19 a group of volunteers from FRS braved the elements to support the annual Tails Animal Rescue Dog Show, held at the Leigh Arms, Northwich, Saturday 8th September 2018.

Despite the persistent effort of the rain, this year was no exception for a turnout of pooches, all competing to come home with a ‘first’ rosette in one of the eight classes being judged.

The FRS team helped out, setting up stalls, manning the tombola and gift stands, selling raffle tickets and even showing dogs in the competition ring.  The event raised an amazing £680.00 towards the charity’s costs for animal care and shelter.

Sarah Steele, Community Committee member and volunteer on the day said, “This is a unique project in our community calendar and the third year that we have been involved.  It’s great that we have built a solid relationship with the charity and have made this an annual event for people to volunteer for.  Giving up a day to help out raise money for this worthwhile charity is a real positive as this charity is a really well deserved cause and needs the support of local businesses such as ours, as a group we are proud to be able to help’.

To find out more about Tails Animal Rescue, please click here.

The Royal Cheshire Show 2018

Blooming Brilliant Cheshire Show

Blooming Brilliant Cheshire Show

It was a ‘blooming brilliant’ Royal Cheshire Show for us when a trio of volunteers dressed up in giant underwear to treat crowds to a taste of our new range of Artisan bloomers.

Sporting chef’s hats and huge bloomers themselves, three of our courageous staff took to the showground with dozens of platters of bread for visitors to sample during the popular two-day event.

Graham Finnigan, Community Champion, said: “We’re a local family run business with a 130-year heritage and Cheshire is very much our heartland. This is the 13th consecutive year that we’ve supported the Cheshire Show as principal sponsor and this time we wanted to do something fresh and unexpected to engage with our local community. And we had to have a bit of fun too!

“As a ‘next generation bakery’, this was the perfect way for us to get out there and meet our consumers and give them the chance to try some of our tasty new loaves. We were constantly filling the platters during the event, so I’d say our volunteers definitely did a ‘blooming brilliant’ job!”

The Roberts Bakery Food Hall also won the coveted John Platt presidents’ choice trophy for the best trade stand. Graham Finnigan and Karol Bailey, steward of the food hall, were presented with the trophy by Cheshire Show president Henry Brooks.

To find out more about the Cheshire Show, click here.

Roberts Bakery Band Update - July 2018

The Blue Dot Festival

The Blue Dot Festival

It was Sunday 22nd July, the third day of the Bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank, and grey skies weren’t dampening any spirits as Roberts Bakery Brass Band kicked off the action on the main stage!

An hour of hits including “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Poker Face” and “Uptown Funk” had the crowd going wild, and the feeling really was out of this world. To see more photos and videos, and to find out more about what the band is doing in the future, why not head on over to their Facebook page.

The Little Treats Bakery Anniversary

30 Sweet Years...

30 Sweet Years...

In July, we were thrilled to celebrate a milestone in Little Treats history with a barbecue to remember!

All FRS staff members were invited to come along, enjoy the glorious sunshine, and fill up on the delicious food cooked by our catering team. Little Treats, which started out 30 years ago as The Pastry Case, had even managed to make samples of those cream cakes they used to make all those years ago!

It was also wonderful to see the return of some of the retired members of staff who started this journey with us.

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