Memories worth preserving were just some of the positive things that arose from a community event in Hoole.
Hobson’s Café at Hoole Community Centre saw residents get together for a Community Preserving Day.
Using fruit and vegetables donated from gardens and allotment, a group of 17 adults and children chopped and chatted until a staggering 65 jars of jam, jelly, chutney and relish had been made.
Cookery teacher at Hoole Community Centre Amy Edwards said: “I love autumn fruit and veg and making preserves is a fantastic way of enjoying them for many more months. Some of the chutney we made today will taste even better at Christmas and will cheer up Boxing Day leftovers,”
Melanie Walker said: “I’ve never made chutney before and I thought it would be a bit tricky, but working together as a group has made it really fun and given me confidence. I’m going to try making some at home now.”
Anne Walker of Saughall said: “I had a really interesting day and I enjoyed meeting lots of new people. The marrow cake we had at lunch time was a surprise.”
Some of the vegetables were donated by the Community Kitchen Garden at Trafford Water Mill, Mickle Trafford.
Head gardener Steve Yandell said: “2015 has been a great growing year, especially for onions. I’ve never seen them grow so big! It’s a pleasure to see them shared by the community. I’m looking forward to a cheese and chutney sandwich!”
Hobson’s Cafe at Hoole Community Centre in Westminster Road has become so successful after its initial launch in September that it is now able to open for a third day every week.
From November the new opening hours will be Monday 8.45am-2.30pm, Tuesday 8.45am-1.30pm and Thursday 8.45am-1.30pm.
If you would like to find out more email café@hoolecommunitycentre.org.uk or phone Hoole Community Centre on 01244 342741.