Bath's version of Great British Bake Off to support £19.3 million Abbey campaign

By Culture24 Reporter | 04 September 2014

Bath bakers will be looking to create cakes Mary Berry would be proud of in a Bake Off backing the city's magnificent Abbey

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The Great Bath Bake Sale will support the city's Abbey next month
The home city of Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry is a fitting place for what organisers are terming “the most significant sponge-based event ever to hit Bath”.  The unlikely baking frenzy is in support of Footprint – a £19.3 million project to repair the collapsing floor of the city’s Abbey, preserving 1,200 years of history.

Bread-making workshops for children and enough cakes, bakes and confectionary to line an Olympic swimming pool will be on offer to supporters at the Abbey.

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The Grade I-listed Abbey was founded during the 7th century
“This marks the beginning of our fundraising appeal,” says Laura Brown, the Director of the appeal.

“Bath Abbey is in desperate need of repair and restoration.

"People have been walking on the stone floor for hundreds of years and we need to carry out some important conservation work to ensure the Abbey will still be standing here for hundreds if not thousands of years to come.

"What better way to bring people together in aid of this good cause than over a slice of cake?”

A new eco-friendly heating system – galvanising Bath’s hot springs – and new spaces, facilities and interpretations will be created if the project succeeds. The Bake Sale will also support the FareShare and FoodCycle charities.

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