Scottish conference

The Scottish Bakers’ annual conference is to take place at Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dunblane, from 15-16 May. The event will include the SAMB Annual General Meeting, technical sessions, a formal dinner and the installation of the new president Alan Stuart. There will also be a golf competition at Auchterarder Golf Club on Friday 14 May, with an informal dinner at the hotel in the evening.

Period kit sought

A BBC history series is looking for period bakery equipment and will consider any offers or arrangement to buy, rent or borrow. The series will explore 100 years of the British high street and the search is on to find Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s, ’30s and ’40s baking tools and equipment to make up a full rural baker’s kit for each period. Please contact production designer Jo Manser on 07710 349784 or for more details.

Doughnut delight

Don’t forget to make the most of National Doughnut Week 2010, which kicks off this Saturday. The week runs from 8-15 May and raises money for charity The Children’s Trust, through the sale of dougnuts. Find out more at

Student demo

Christopher Foxall from Premier Foods recently paid a visit to Tameside College to talk to the bakery students about the company, as well as showing them how to make Granary loaves. The purpose of the demonstration was to encourage the students to participate in competitions, such as those to be held at the annual ABST conference. Foxall said that, judging by the quality of the products made and displayed, he saw a lot of potential competition winners.