Countryside day turns to flour power

Jessica Crossman, from Wooler First School, learns how to be a jockey.
Jessica Crossman, from Wooler First School, learns how to be a jockey.
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Flour power is the name of the game at this year’s Glendale Children’s Countryside Day.

Organised by the Glendale Agricultural Society, near Wooler on June 6, the event this year is themed on grains with the Glendale area being one of the foremost grain-producing areas in the UK.

Children aged between five and nine will learn which cereals make their bread, cakes, pasta, rapeseed oil and many other staple items.

For the competition, each school will bring with them decorated biscuits made using local produce and cereals.

A day focusing on flour power could not happen without some form of fashion item, so Roddam WI has made a flour dough pendant for each child to decorate and take home with them.

Immersed in the world of grain, the children will learn how cereals are grown, how they are harvested and turned into flour and then into the food we eat.

They will meet the farmers, see machinery, grind the wheat and have the opportunity to bake bread with The Great Northumberland Bread Company.

The organisers of the award-winning Children’s Countryside Day believe that this will really help to pass on the message about where food comes from and how it gets from the farm onto the fork.

Event manager Ruth Oldfield said: “The last 12 months have been the worst on record in terms of rain, and the difficulties facing the arable sector are immense.

“There are severe grain shortages and bread is more expensive than it has ever been, so the Society felt that flour power was a fitting theme for this year’s event.

“Flour used to be seen as the vital ingredient in people’s diets and we want to remind children how important it still is.”

Simpsons Malt’s exhibit will describe the role of barley in the food chain with particular reference to malt products and Berwick-based Silvery Tweed Cereals will show samples of wheat, barley, processed grains, flakes and flour.

They will also provide samples of end products.

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