Mencap tea Grand-style

MENCAP held a cookery day making scones with the help of a local hotel. Seatember 3rd 2012 E36015N

MENCAP held a cookery day making scones with the help of a local hotel. Seatember 3rd 2012 E36015N

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CHEF Steve Nippress and seven staff from The Grand Hotel shared their scone making skills with Eastbourne and District Mencap day centre users - enabling them to bake batches of delicious scones.

The Grand Hotel personnel rolled up their sleeves to show how to make the tea-time treats at Mencap’s Hive of Activity, in Pevensey Road.

Senior receptionist at the Grand Betty Jensen, who spearheaded the event, said, “We did make rather a mess but everyone had such fun mixing up the ingredients and rolling out the dough.

“The end results were fabulous and we served the scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and pots of tea ‘Grand Hotel’ style.

“The tables were properly laid with silver cutlery, china plates, table cloths and napkins. We even brought chef hats with us for all the budding bakers to wear – and they loved it.

“The Grand Hotel has pledged its support to Eastbourne Mencap this year, and this event was part of our way of sharing our skills. We realise that as well as fund raising we can give our support in many different ways.

“When Mencap opens its new coffee shop in Seaside Road, the day service users will now be able to bake scones for visitors, with a little help.”

Eastbourne Mencap is a local independently run charity for the community of Eastbourne.

The charity provides a range of services from residential care to day-care opportunities, as well as family services, to more than 100 members with learning difficulties.

It is currently aiming to raise £3 million for the refurbishment and upgrade of its Sedgemoor and Framley residential homes in Eastbourne.