Pinfold Primary School crowned regional cooking champion

11 March 2013

A school in Lancashire has won a special award for its contribution towards reducing health inequalities and bring local communities together by teaching people how to cook.

Pinfold Primary School in Scarisbrick has been singled out for praise after launching a new Let’s Get Cooking club for fathers and sons using money raised by HealthHeal through The Health Lottery.

The club has been awarded a Golden Spoon gong from Let’s Get Cooking after using cooking to involve the wider community in school life and for giving dads and sons a valuable opportunity to bond while learning a new and important life skill together.

Sue Fielding, who helps run the Let’s Get Cooking club, said: “Engaging with dads has been difficult at school but offering this special opportunity just for them has made them want to play a much bigger role in our wider school community. They’ve met other dads and you can really see their friendships blossoming as they learn together.

“For one dad, Dave Needham, the experience has been life changing. Coming to the club has made him realise that cooking is something he really enjoys, is good at and wants to do for the rest of his life. He’s since applied to Southport College to do a level 2 cookery course and has been accepted!”

Maggie Sims senior manager at Let’s Get Cooking, the country’s largest network of healthy cooking clubs, said: “Using food and cooking is a natural way to bring people together. With Pinfold Primary School, we’ve seen first-hand how it can help people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, build relationships and make new friends.

“Learning how to cook a nutritious meal from scratch and on a budget, can make such a difference to people’s health, and it’s so much more fun when you can do it alongside others.”

Pinfold Primary School attended the national ceremony in London where special prizes for the overall Golden Spoon winners were presented by keen cook and teaching champion Kate Bellingham, best known for hosting Tomorrow’s World and Children’s ITV programme, the Big Bang.



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