A GREAT afternoon was had by all at the first Great Villages Bake Off.
The cookery event was hosted by the Villages Action Group and attracted some 250 people and bakers of all ages.
They arrived at the Aldingbourne Sports and Community Centre on Sunday (December 9) afternoon with beautifully-decorated cakes for either the cake competitions or the favourite family recipe swap.
Organiser Pip Peglar, the group’s publicity officer, said: “This baking event is a fun way of gathering local people from the surrounding villages together, while ensuring everyone is fully aware of the imminent threat to our community of large scale development and the proposed A29 bypass in Arun District Council’s draft local plan.
“We are amazed at the response. This afternoon, I have spoken to families from Tangmere, Slindon, Arundel, Barnham, Lidsey and Yapton as well as recognising many local faces.
“We definitely plan to make the Great Villages Bake Off an annual event.”
Winners in all categories received a medal and certificate. The u-12s cupcake contast was won by an ‘amazed and surprised’ Sophie North, of Westergate.
The Christmas section was won by Emma Grant, and Ewan Dominick, of Barnham, was second. Adult winners were Charlotte Widdows, of Westergate, Melanie Wright, from Aldingbourne, and Eastergate’s Sue Bentley.