Bread Together is a grassroots co-operative. We’ve been baking bread for over ten years at the Wesley Centre in Chester.
Our community baking sessions are a space away from the everyday. A space to develop skills, have fun and share ideas. A space for people of any age to make bread together.
In January 2020 we set up a micro bakery. It’s a professional kitchen at Canal Street Day Centre and run by Vivo Care Choices. The micro bakery is a fantastic learning space. We also make delicious bread for markets. Our hope is to also sell our tasty products to businesses in Chester and beyond in 2021.
Since March 2020 we’ve had to stop our activities due to COVID-19. We’re now planning how to operate our micro bakery again. Laura, our project manager, has been working on this. Hopefully we’ll be back baking by Spring 2021.
*Update March 2021* Very sadly we’ve had to cease completely all our community activities due to COVID-19. We are now in the first steps of planning how to operate our micro bakery again, and Laura, our project manager, has been working on this. Bread Together welcomes everyone who’d like to join in with our activities. We have missed all our activities during lockdown, and our core group are currently thinking up new ways for us to work together.
Why Bread Together?
We spent ages deciding on our name and wanted it to sum up what makes bread making at the Wesley special. We decided it was because we’re making bread together. We wanted to express our communal identity through a logo. One of our regular bread makers, Penny, designed it for us, wielding her usual magic with her multi-coloured pens and design skills. Key to our logo was the use of as many colours as possible, to express the inclusivity which is Bread Together. It was important to reflect the diverse range of skills and life experiences which everyone brings to our bread making sessions.
Here’s Penny with a round of her wholemeal rolls. Penny consulted us as she developed her logo, bringing in drafts which we all discussed. She ended up creating this fab design which we love for its vibrancy and circle shape.
We always enjoy welcoming different visitors. In April 2019 we welcomed David Briggs, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire who enjoyed eating a fresh out of the oven pizza and helped out too.
In conjunction with the Wesley we’ve enjoyed two bread making workshops with a local school. We also ran a series of bespoke themed workshops at the Hawarden Farm Estate Shop, where we made specialities such as Yorkshire Spiced Bread. Often the evenings there were sunny, so it was possible to sit outside to enjoy the snacks provided by Hawarden Farm Estate Shop whilst the bread was proving. On a couple of occasions we made the bread outside (also appreciated by the local raven who flew off with a Middle Eastern bread ring!)
A video, thanks to @canteencreate, done as a test shoot this summer in Hawarden. We’re making enriched festive bread, challah….
Our bakers are a friendly bunch! Learn more about why they love being part of Bread Together.
“I feel happy and jolly. It’s therapeutic and rewarding to get the right textures and to meet friends and other people. I’m visually impaired and I get a lot out of bread making.
In my spare time I love walking my dog, Inca, volunteering, and going to pop concerts. I haven’t got a favourite pop group. Plus I enjoy going to Storyhouse to see films and I like playing bowls. Taking part in Bread Together is an achievement. It’s challenging but enjoyable.”
“My name is Sarahand I am 25 years old. I live in a house with some help from my carers. I started bread making as a new skill for my Gold D of E and I have continued doing it. I like bread making as I meet other people and I really enjoy the smell and taste of fresh bread. I love being active. I swim, row, tenpin bowl and play badminton. I have a voluntary job at a community centre and at the hospital cafe.”
“Bread making is great for me as it’s voluntary so we are not under pressure to attend. It’s wonderful to help the guys and see the smiles on their faces. My working life revolved around greeting cards and the happiness they bring. I’m a big sports fan, especially cricket, football and rugby league.”
“I love seeing friends and making new friends and baking bread. I like making everything with us all at Bread Together. Friends Forever! I also love reading, puzzles and spellings, and I love exams and assessments.”
All our activities have sadly been on hold since March 2020 due to COVID-19. These include our community bread making sessions, bespoke bread workshops and micro bakery. We hope to get these up and running again soon!
Laura, our project manager, started working for us in September 2020. Her post is funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council. She usually works on Mondays and Wednesdays. Laura is planning the next steps for our micro bakery and activities for 2021. To contact her about any of our activities please email firstname.lastname@example.org