Prima Bakeries apprentice first in UK to pass bakery qualification

first_img(L-R) Prima Apprentice Craft Baker Jason Bennellick with Prima general bakery manager Ross BuistAn apprentice at Cornish business Prima Bakeries has become the first student in the UK to complete a new bakery qualification.The Level 2 Apprenticeship in Bakery is devised by specialist awarding body FDQ and supported by Truro & Penwith College in Cornwall. It incorporates a Diploma in Craft Baking, covering bread, cake and pastry production.Introduced in 2018, the college recognised an upsurge of interest in all things baking related, thanks to television programmes such as the Great British Bake Off, said the firm.Apprentice Jason Bennellick joined Prima Bakeries as a general production assistant two years ago.“When Jason first joined us, it quickly became apparent that he was a keen and capable young man, with a strong desire to learn a proper trade, and he expressed interest in becoming a trainee baker,” said Mark Norton, managing director at Prima Bakeries.“He has received exceptional training on the job under the auspices of Prima’s general bakery manger, Ross Buist, and has been supported by Truro & Penwith College where the course was delivered by David Williams, bakery lecturer and ESF programme developer, and a craft baker with 40 years’ experience.”The FDQ was keen to provide a course that would appeal specifically to the industry’s needs, which led to the creation of the only course of its kind across the south west provided through a college, it added.“Baking lies at the heart of Cornwall’s amazing food and drink scene. It’s therefore vital that we nurture the next generation of master bakers and encourage more youngsters to consider it as a fulfilling and enjoyable profession,” added Norton.“The new FDQ course is exemplary and, on the back of Jason’s success, we are keen to take on a new apprentice at Prima Bakeries to help continue to build the future of craft baking in Cornwall.”last_img read more

Ready to run among the cherry blossoms; raise funds for children

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The 43rd running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run will take place Sunday, April 12, starting at 7:30 a.m. on the Washington Monument Grounds, Washington, D.C. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a consortium of 170 premier children’s hospitals across North America. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an alliance of premier children’s hospitals which treat 10 million critically ill children annually, regardless of their ability to pay.Founded in 1973 originally as a precursor training run for local runners planning to compete in the Boston Marathon, the race has evolved over the years into the annual “Runners’ Rite of Spring” for over 15,000 runners of all abilities from all 50 states. More than half of those 15,000 runners are already credit union members, and for the rest, this race is a wonderful introduction to the power of the credit union movement. Since credit unions became the title sponsors in 2002, over $7 million has been donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide. Every dollar raised by credit unions across the nation goes directly to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.This year’s efforts raised $525,852 and of that amount, nearly $100,000 was raised from runners, their families and friends. Credit Union Miracle Day is the charitable organization comprised of credit unions and affiliates dedicated to raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to raising awareness of the credit union difference. They will be presenting a check for this amount on race morning. continue reading »last_img read more

Broome County Forum organist accompanies last film

first_img“This is the ultimate instrument, it’s a one man orchestra,” said Ford. “You are really as I see it being an instant orchestrator,” Ford said. “He is just amazing he is a fabulous, fabulous organist,” said John Demaree, President of the Binghamton Theater Organ Society. “I understand his desire to retire but we will certainly miss him,” Demaree said. As for why he thinks it’s important to keep this tradition alive, Ford says it’s pretty simple. Ford says that means watching the movie, in this case the 1923 Comedy Safety Last, and letting his imagination fill in the gaps left by the lack of dialogue. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After nine years accompanying silent films at the Broome County Forum, theater organist Jim Ford says he is ready to retire. While he mostly improvises, Ford says he picked up some of those skills from the organists who were there at the very beginning. “I have now done every silent film I have ever wanted to accompany, so I am hanging it up,” said Ford “I want people to have a good time and have fun, we can all use that,” Ford said. After first playing the theater organ in Ann Arbor Michigan in 1973, Ford says he fell in love with the instrument. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the first generation legendary theater organists who have accompanied silent films,” Ford said. “I’ve talked with them, learned from them and that is what I probably cherish the most,” said Ford. A skill that organizers say makes Ford an asset at the Forum, one that won’t be easily replaced. “I see action on the screen, it gives me Ideas and instantly that gets translated into musical notes and even sound affects,” said Ford. “If somebody falls, that’s a great opportunity to use the bass drum,” Ford said. The Binghamton Theater Organ Society says they are currently looking into finding a replacement organist so that they can continue offering silent films.last_img read more

Bacolod City to send cash aid to Taal volcano victims

first_img Last Sunday, NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said around 300,000 individuals were brought to safety, later noting, this was the “target number of persons” that would have to be evacuated in Batangas and Cavite. BACOLOD City –The local government unit of this city will extend financial assistance tovictims of Taal Volcano eruption.  He also said the NDRRMC Operations Center in Manila has been raised to a “red alert” status, which means all associated agencies and offices in the affected areas must report to their headquarters 24/7. Mayor Evelio Leonardia As of press time, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council disclosed there are 966 displaced families, or 7,742 individuals, in Batangas and Cavite. In addition, based on an online report, NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said displaced residents are currently being sheltered at 38 evacuation centers across Calabarzon. Mayor Evelio Leonardia pledged to donate part of the city’s disaster fund but they will identify the affected areas first. The budget will come from the allocation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office he said. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has deployed search, rescue, and retrieval teams, along with various military assets, for the ongoing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Batangas./PNlast_img read more