Torquay-based Hallett’s Bakers

first_imgsays it has made the largest ever scone. The scone weighed 26kg – 700 times bigger than a standard one. Once the scone had cooled, it was topped with 12.5kg of clotted cream and 10kg of strawberry jam, then served to more than 300 people attending a cream tea festival in the Devon town. Helen Hallett (pictured), who runs the bakery with husband Mel and son Christopher, said it had taken three weeks and nine attempts to make the scone.last_img

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Scotmid scoops convenience retailer accolade

first_imgScotmid Co-operative has been named Convenience Retailer of the Year at the 2015 Convenience Retail Awards (CRAs).The store also won the Best Multiple Store for the third consecutive year and Best Customer Service gongs in the awards run by British Baker’s sister titles Convenience Store and The Grocer.Scotmid’s Moredun store was awarded the Energy Efficient Store of the Year award, its second national award win in the same week, following its success in the Sustainable Retailer of the Year category at the Scottish Grocer Awards on Thursday 12 March 2015.Scotmid has placed a major focus on its bakery offer of late and has linked up with a number of bakeries north of the border.Craig McAulay, Stockbridge store manager, said: “I’m absolutely gobsmacked. It’s a great achievement for the store, myself and Scotmid as a whole and I think it’s been a big team effort right throughout the whole year. I think we won because we’re trying to give something different to the customers, and we’ve given them what they asked for, such as an artisan local bakery.”Kevin Plant, operations director for Scotmid, said: “Stockbridge is the latest offering of our premium black format, which combines smart design with an upmarket range and strong focus on delicious local produce. We’re delighted that the store has been recognised for its consistently high standards and its commitment to local suppliers and the community.”Scotmid’s Stephen Brown, local sourcing and diversification manager, will be live during British Baker’s webinar this Thursday, discussing the reasons behind the c-store chain’s decision to join up with craft bakery chains in Scotland. Sign up here to listen to Brown and other industry professionals for the latest in bakery retail, as well as your chance to question them.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Conclude Vegas Run With Jennifer Hartswick And Natalie Cressman [Gallery/Setlist]

first_imgLoad remaining images Just one day after performing a monster four-set showing at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, the indomitable musical force of Umphrey’s McGee returned to the storied venue to close out a two-night run in style. While not the thematically resounding performance as an “UMBowl,” the band was able to relax after completing the four quarter challenge and rock out with a show full of highlights.The band opened up with “You Got The Wrong Guy > Speak Up,” keeping things grooving with some of their classic tunes in the first set. “Bridgeless,” “Hajimemashite,” “Dump City,” “Nemo” and “In the Kitchen” all made appearances in the first half, allowing fans old and new to enjoy the band’s potented brand of musical magic. After “Nemo,” the band brought out horn players Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman to join in on two classics, UM’s “Red Tape” and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough.”After a brief respite, the band returned to the stage for the second half of this incredible show. There, the group got into tracks like “Attachments” and “1348,” including a fun “Woody Woodpecker” theme prior to the latter. After more UM classics like “The Triple Wide > Bridgeless” and “Puppet String,” the band made their biggest bust out of the night: Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.” Played for the first time since 5/25/97 (991 shows), UM welcomed out Jennifer Hartswick to sing the lead on the tune. Hartswick is an impressive vocalist, and there’s no doubt that she nailed it.Hartswick then remained on stage, bringing back Natalie Cressman to complete the horn section duo for “Women Wine and Song > Wife Soup.” The two Umphrey’s songs were only accentuated by the power of the horn section.The band returned to play “Controversy” in the encore, before welcoming the horn players back for the grand finale, “Bad Friday.” What a show! Next up for Umphrey’s McGee is a multi-night appearance at their famed Summer Camp Music Festival at the end of the month. You can check out the full setlist from last night’s show below, courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 5/7/16Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > Speak Up, Bridgeless > Hajimemashite, Dump City, Nemo > In The Kitchen > Nemo, Red Tape[1], Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough[1]Set 2: Attachments, 1348, The Triple Wide > Bridgeless, Puppet String, No Ordinary Love[2], Women Wine and Song[1] > Wife Soup[1]Encore: Controversy > Bad Friday[1][1] with Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and Natalie Cressman on trombone[2] with Jennifer Hartswick on vocalsNotes:with Woody Woodpecker theme (George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss) tease before 1348last No Ordinary Love 05.25.2007 (991 shows)Photos were captured during night one by Phil Clarkin. See a full gallery below:last_img read more

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New Gorillaz Album To Feature De La Soul & Snoop Dogg Collaborations

first_imgBy now, Gorillaz fans are rolling their eyes at yet another headline that promises them a new album. However, all signs point to the imminent release of new Gorillaz music, as the band has shared many statuses from the studio. Today, even more details about the new album have emerged, as a new The Guardian interview with Pos of De La Soul revealed some exciting collaborators.“It comes when we feel we’ve got something that would be a great match for an artist. With Damon, it was easy because we love working with him,” says Pos. “We’re about to be on the new Gorillaz album. Snoop was also performing on the record when we were over there. He pulled us to the side and said: ‘Hey man, we’ve never worked together, can we get this going?’”So, not only will we see De La Soul on the new album, but Snoop Dogg as well! As of now, no formal announcement about the new Gorillaz album has been made, but rest assured it is in the works and more information will be coming soon. We can’t wait!last_img read more

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Incoming student dies in traffic accident

first_imgRebecca Draper Townsend, a member of the incoming class of 2019, died Thursday after being struck by a car during a local Fourth of July celebration, according to a University spokesperson.Townsend, a native of Brookfield, Connecticut, and a friend were hit just after the beginning of a fireworks show. There were no crosswalks available in the area of the accident, and police have not determined if they were crossing the road at the time, according to WFSB, a local television station.Townsend and her friend were transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short while later. Her friend is in serious but stable condition, police said.Townsend graduated last month with honors from Immaculate High School in Danbury, Connecticut, according to her obituary. News of her death quickly spread to the class of 2019’s Facebook page, where a memorial post appeared at 9 a.m.“Father Jenkins has offered his deepest condolences on behalf of the University to Rebecca’s family, several of whom have graduated from Notre Dame,” vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffman Harding said in an email. “Please keep Rebecca and her family in your prayers, and know that each of you are also in our prayers as we prepare for the start of a new academic year next month.”Townsend will be commemorated at the welcome mass for new students in late August, the email said.Tags: Class of 2019, Student deathlast_img read more

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Adele Dazeem? No Love for John Travolta at the Oscars

first_imgFor Broadway fans, waiting for the live performance of “Let It Go” by If/Then star Idina Menzel made the 2014 Academy Awards feel even longer than usual. Finally, at 11:10PM EST, presenter John Travolta took to the stage and finally introduced the “wickedly talented” star we were all waiting to see: Adele Dazeem.WHAT? Wait, who? But there she was, standing center stage: the gloriously talented and gorgeous Menzel. Unphased, Menzel nailed “Let It Go,” hitting every note that’s made the song an international hit. The A-list Hollywood crowd was on its feet.Thankfully, host Ellen DeGeneres fixed the snafu, thanking “Idina Menzel” for her stunning performance. And then “Let It Go” went on to win the Oscar for Best Song. And all was right with the world. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Idina Menzel Star Files If/Thenlast_img read more

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Watch Idina Menzel Belt the National Anthem at the Super Bowl!

first_img View Comments Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then Oh say, can she SING?! Idina Menzel—America’s favorite Tony-winning supernova—had the honor of performing the national anthem at the 2015 Super Bowl, following in the footsteps of Whitney Houston, Renée Fleming, Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé Knowles, Billy Joel…the impressive list goes on. Take a listen as the If/Then star belts out “The Star Spangled Banner” for literally hundreds of millions of viewers nationwide, and enjoy the rest of the game! We totally weren’t just watching for Idina. Idina Menzellast_img read more

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1930

first_imgBy Dialogo October 01, 2012 Aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh lands in Cristobal, in Panama’s Canal Zone, in February 1930 as part of the inaugural flight of the seven-day mail service between New York and Buenos Aires. The first time Lindbergh visited Panama was in 1928, eight months after he completed his historic trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris. During this stop in Panama, thousands of people gave Lindbergh a warm welcome. There was a parade in his honor; he was offered the key to the city and a municipal medal, a toast and receptions, according to Panamanian newspapers.last_img read more

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4 reasons to expect strong loan growth in 2018

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Chief Economist Mike Schenk Despite some concerns about the economy in 2018—including rising market interest rates, worries over tax reform, and the heightened potential for trade war and geopolitical risks—credit union loan portfolios are on track to grow more than 10% for the fourth consecutive year.More importantly, while there may be a bit of slowing in the overall rate of growth, continued healthy portfolio expansion seems a near certainty in 2018 as well.Here’s why.1. Robust outlook for jobs, incomeThe U.S. unemployment rate finished August at 4.4%, down 0.5% compared to year-ago levels and well below the 10% cyclical peak in October 2009.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

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Why working in a mission-driven place as a credit union matters

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jorge Ortiz Jorge Ortiz is the Business Development Manager of North Side Community Federal Credit Union, a small asset size CDFI credit union in Chicago, IL. At North Side, he has helped … Web: www.northsidecu.org Details Why we work – it is a question all of us should ask ourselves. In particular, why do we do the work that, for many of us, occupies most of our waking hours for our entire adult lives?Ralph Waldo Emerson left us a quote worthy of those inspirational wall posters: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” It is my true belief that the latter quote could refer to credit union employees.To refresh your memory, a credit union is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization with the goal to provide members with lower fees, lower rates on loans and higher interest on deposit accounts. However, this mission couldn’t be accomplished if it wasn’t for the employees. According to the New York Credit Union Association, credit unions are ranked first in customer satisfaction. They significantly outpace all other financial institutions, according to findings released yesterday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The credit union customer satisfaction score of 85 is first among financial institutions and notably higher than the average bank score of 76. Even the NCUA (National Credit Union Association) is the best-performing government agency in terms of overall employee satisfaction. These data are a reflection of the commitment of people working in this industry. Based on my experience, I have been able to help many unbanked people to understand banking and get them into a low-cost account. To give a specific example, when I go to visit partner organizations to speak about the benefits of becoming a member, many of the attendees approached me after my speech with questions regarding how credit scores works, what is considered a good interest rate, and even how a credit card operated. We often end up scheduling a one-on-one appointment to go over their finances. These experiences left me with a feeling that in general more financial education is needed.In my credit union alone we were able to help more than 1000 members avoid predatory loans by providing them easy access to funds with similar requirements for a payday loan but at reasonable interest and affordable payment plan. These kinds of loans make our members feel unique because they are not just a number. We listen to their stories and provide the right services.    Credit unions are the right mixture of making profits by creating a positive social impact, regardless of the position you are executing. The simple fact that credit unions make banking affordable, make loans more accessible and go the extra mile to help a member during economic hardship should provide great satisfaction to the people serving in this movement and knowledge that their work in making that difference matters.last_img read more

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