Over 60s men’s cooking course

TEN men who have never switched on an oven before are being taught to cook for themselves, thanks to a charity scheme.

Age UK Somerset is running the basic cookery classes for over 60s at Backwell School for the next five weeks after starting on January 24.

The students, led by cookery teacher Sandra Law, were assisted by 17-year-old Nat Fudge, a lower sixth form student, who hopes to become a chef.

The charity’s community development officer Jane Lewthwaite says the pensioners themselves had suggested the courses, which have been running for two years at various locations.

She said: “Some of the men are bereaved or are carers so this will teach them to be self-sufficient and independent and will give them the confidence to tackle something more than just a ready-meal.

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“So far it’s going extremely well and the men are very enthusiastic.

“They made soup and biscuits and next week they will tackle a stew and a cake.”

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Information about other courses being run can be obtained by calling Jane on 07758 469809.

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