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BBC One’s Great British Bake Off series may be no longer –but Blackpool District Beaver Scouts’ baking contest has only just begun.

The new competition, now into its second year, replacing an art competition, showed off some brilliant bakers, confectioners, and cooks of the future.

The event was held at the Scout and Guide HQ of the 1st Norbreck, which was filled with the aroma of cakes baking, the smell of icing sugar, candies, flour, butter, 
and milk.

The competition started at 10am where the Beaver Scouts prepared their mixes into their cake cases, before placing them in the ovens.

To pass the time whilst waiting for their cakes to cook the Beavers were each given a challenge book entitled Beaver Bake Off, where they could have the freedom to colour, and use their brains.

Once the cakes were ready, they prepared to design them with rolled icing, sweets and chocolate.

Parents were then invited to see their Beavers’ works of art, placed on mounted cake trays.

Twelve Beaver Colonies took part, with four youngsters in each team, aged between six to eight.

The judges Victoria Da Silva, Katherine O’Connor, Diane Parkinson, and Cath Hargreaves were looking at team work, design, and taste.

The winners were the 24th Beaver Colony, based at Holy Cross Church Hall, Central Drive, Blackpool, while joint runners up were the 5th and 23rd Beaver colonies.

Jane Platt, assistant district commissioner for Beaver Scouts, said: “It was absolutely brilliant.

“It was great to see each colony so dedicated and working together, and hearing the youngsters enjoying it.”

Scouts joined parade to remember fallen servicemen and women

For as long I can remember Blackpool District Scouts have played a vital role in the act of Remembrance at war memorials around the country and the wider world.

And Blackpool is no different.

Scouts in the war were often asked to direct those affected to places of safety, providing food shelters and hands on support.

Blackpool District Scouts provide active support by handing out the service sheets and directing servicemen, women, and members of the public each Remembrance Sunday.

Other groups also attend parades at the local churches to reflect and participate in Remembrance services.

This year over 80 members of the movement took part, with members of the 1st Norbreck , 4th Blackpool, and Explorer Scouts leading the contingent, followed by the adult leaders

Equally, 1st Staining Scout Group who are members of Blackpool District, but on the cusp of the Fylde borough also take an active part in Staining village act of Remembrance and parade

We are all very proud of our movement, and will continue to support this act of Remembrance and the Royal British Legion, the charity which provides lifelong support to service personnel.

Philip Mather

Blackpool Scouts