Save the Family held their inaugural  Summer Bake Off event at their Cotton Hall Farm site.

Local groups and organisations, and  members of the public, were invited along  to take part by entering their baking,  browsing the stalls and enjoying the  demonstrations and refreshments.

The expert judges for the afternoon were  Sheila Icke of the British Sugarcraft Guild,  Kerri Elston and Ann Gardiner from Mad  Hatters Tearoom in Chester and Julie Holroyd, wife of local businessman and Save  the Family trustee, Bill Holroyd.

Mrs Icke also did a demonstration for the  guests on how to decorate a lemon fudge  cake and six individual cupcakes.

The competition had two categories –  decorated layer cake and scones categories  – and both were very popular with a variety  of interesting and different entries.

There was a tie for first place in the cake  category between a sprite lemon and lime  cake, made by Cath Champion, one of the  volunteers, and carrot cake, made by Charlotte, one of the residents at Cotton Hall  Farm.

Charlotte was particularly pleased to have  been a joint winner because she had never  made a cake before.

Winner of the scones category was Nina  Robson, who lives locally and baked her  favourite apricot and almond scones with a  lemon cream filling.

Nina’s apricot scones were also voted the  overall winner on the day and won her  afternoon tea for two at Mad Hatters.

Ivor Freeman of Pampered Chef did a  cooking demonstration with lots of samples  to try afterwards.

Local businesses Walk Mill in Waverton  provided flour for sale and Bellis Brothers  of Holt donated gift vouchers to help make  the event a success.

Save the Family’s youth group Include Us  made jewellery that was for sale on the  day.

Steve Peaurt, Save the Family general  manager, said: “We’re delighted to have  hosted such a positive event here at Cotton  Hall Farm and welcome so many new  people to the charity.

“We were particularly pleased that the  event involved our resident families and  staff with the local community and gave  them something to join together and be  immersed in and excited about.

“It is important that we continue to build  local links and we hope that this momentum is something we can keep building  on in the future.”