Loaf custom revived at church fête

Joining in the morris dancing at last year's f�te
Joining in the morris dancing at last year's f�te
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St Nicolas Fête and Lammas Fair

Following its tradition of reviving past practices, St Nicolas’ Church is introducing a bread making competition at this year’s annual fête and flower festival.

The church has added Lammas Fair to the title and invites home bakers to submit their loaves for judging.

Church treasurer John Simpson explained: “The word lammas comes from the Anglo-Saxon meaning loaf mass, originally a celebration of the wheat harvest.

“The custom developed of making loaves which were presented to the church and used in services. In recent years, we have all become more aware of the benefits of good bread and, as well as the growing number of artisan bakers, this has produced a trend for more people to make their own bread.”

Visitors will vote for their favourites, with small prizes for the best in three categories – handmade bread, bread machine loaves and those produced from bread mix packets.

Mr Simpson said: “We want to open the competition to everyone. We just ask people to list the method and ingredients on the entry form, which can be picked up from the church.”

The fête takes place in and around the church, in St Nicolas’ Lane, behind the Red Lion pub, on Saturday from 2pm to 4.30pm.

There will be folk music from The Rude Mechanicals, morris dancing from Old Shoreham Buccaneers flower displays, a slide show of Old Shoreham, traditional stalls, cream teas and a Pimms tent.

Organiser Gill Powell said: “The proceeds will be divided between the Friends of St Nicolas, who maintain the fabric of our historic church, and Freddysmile, the Lancing-based charity which provides much-needed breaks for the families of children suffering from cancer.

“It gives them the opportunity to have time away from hospitals and doctors and let the children just have some fun. We are very pleased to help such a worthy cause.”