Myddle Biscuit Competition

The competition was to bake a biscuit or cake made of ingredients available in Richard Gough's time i.e. 1700 AD

Myddle, Broughton and Harmer Hill Parish History Society
The November meeting of the Society, held in Myddle Village Hall saw a group of 30 local history enthusiasts gather to hear Dorothy Nicolle, Blue Badge Guide for the Heart of England give a fascinating and entertaining talk on 'Shropshire Oddities'.   Dorothy's enthusiasm for her subject came across in her lively presentation, and was enhanced by beautiful photographs of 'oddities' from across the County, as she unfolded the stories behind pagan 'green men' effigies on Christian churches, a whipping post used to encourage the poor to move to another parish, a fake Victorian henge, and an enigmatic sun dial among many other examples.  We learned how relics of Shropshire history are all around us, often unnoticed, and were encouraged to seek them out and find out their meaning.
A second treat of the evening was the judging of a baking competition.  We had been challenged to bring some biscuits or small cakes made from ingredients which would have been available in the late 1600s and early 1700s, around the time of Richard Gough.  WI member Eleanor Owen kindly agreed to judge the dozen or so entries, which included two from Myddle Primary School children.  The delicious honey-flavoured biscuits baked by Denise Barnes were a worthy winner and Ruth Shaw’s biscuits were judged the best from the children. After the judging was concluded, all the 'exhibits' were eaten and enjoyed over a cup of tea.  Recipes for most of the cakes and biscuits will be put on the History page of the village website in due course.

Our next meeting will be in the New Year, and in the meantime we wish all our supporters and happy and peaceful Christmas season.


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