News: Brilliant Bake Off Success

Posted on 30th October 2019

The efforts made by individuals and companies towards the BHBPA Bake Off event were simply outstanding. When I arrived at The King’s Church just after 10am, I was blown away by the number and the excellence of the cakes submitted for entry in the competition. There were an incredible thirty entries in all, and the ‘poor’ judges had to taste every one of them.

The judges, Kevin Chaplin and Shakira Tettersell from Lizzie’s Food Factory, were very impressed with the standard of the baked exhibits and were very complimentary about the whole event. After more than an hour they arrived at their decisions about the three categories :-

  1. Small cakes, biscuits, cupcakes etc – Winner Nette from Bio Productions – judges commended the great chocolate flavour, the moist texture and the decoration
  2. Large cakes, individual.  Winner – Martyn Blundell of Ridgeview Wine Estate –  judges noted fantastic flavours, unusual but they work, very moist, artistic decoration.
  3. Showstopper Corporate Cakes  – Winners x 3 – a) PVL Van – clearly homemade, tastes like a cake should, great decoration b) Clifford Dann – brilliant decoration  c) Bio Beckie – ‘the only toilet cake we’ve ever seen!’

Five BHBPA Bake Off aprons were presented to the winners. Before the presentations Mia Clift, the Little Cake Fairy, had given a short presentation. She told some amusing stories of baking cakes for funerals and devising all kinds of scenes for people depicting eg ‘my drunkard sister’, on cakes.

Lunch was prepared and provided by Indigo Events and it was suitably delicious before we began to slice up one or two of the cakes for people to take home. Every slice and every entry led to a donation for St Peter & St James Hospice, and by the time we finished it must have been well over £200 donated to this worthy cause. People are so very generous.

Over 40 people were there for some or all of the event, and once again we have to give thanks to members for their support  for the BHBPA. As Director David Shore told me at the event, this has become an incredible supportive business community now, and long may it continue.

Thanks of course go to Susan for having the idea of a Bake Off, to Tats for the delicious lunch, to the King’s Centre for their amazing generosity and support and to those people who wished me well and even thanked me for my work at the BHBPA. The real stars are the people who had the creative ability, patience and skill to bake the cakes. I salute you all.

As I heard at least three people say during lunch, … ‘we’ll have to have this every year now’. It’s a thought!

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"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "

Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)

"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.

It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"

Susan Fleet, Managing Director
(Lea Graham Associates)

"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""

Peter Hook, Manager
(Computer Systems Engineers)

"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"

Bruce Millington, Manager
(Sutton Winson Ltd)