Thursday, 3 April 2014

University of Cumbria's Lancaster-based chaplain starts the bread-making chain

Image via Loaves and Fishes project

The University of Cumbria's Reverend Alexandra Logan had her hands full of dough this week as she took part in an environmental initiative organised by The Anglican and Roman Catholic Diocese in Lancashire.

Alex is the chaplaincy coordinator at the University of Cumbria and she staged a ‘public dough-rising’ at their campus on Bowerham Road, Lancaster on Tuesday 1st April to introduce the ‘Loaves and Fishes’ project.

‘Loaves and Fishes’ is designed to celebrate life, generosity and fresh produce. Nienty towns and villages and over sixty schools from Barrow-in-Furness to Fleetwood are being encouraged to organise community meals celebrating fish, sea-food and home-made bread.

The project week will run from 7 – 15th June when it is hoped that people from all faiths, or none, will come together to share local produce in shore-side picnics, school meals or parish parties.

“This public dough-rising marks the start of a bread-making chain which will pass from person to person, baker to baker, parish to parish and community to community all around Morecambe Bay by early June," Alex explained. "The yeast and sourdough leaven I am using was blessed last Sunday in the Cathedrals of Blackburn and Carlisle, when the project was launched, and will now be passed on through neighbouring parishes. Already we have bakers waiting in Scotforth, Torrisholme and Overton.

“We want to encourage schools to get involved in the baking chain too – or get mums and dads baking at home with their children.”

• Anyone interested in being involved in the ‘Loaves and Fishes’ initiative can obtain further details from John Rodwell on 07908 420058 or by emailing him at

Further information about the ‘Loaves and Fishes’ initiative can be found here on the Diocese of Blackburn web site

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