By on November 11, 2013

Lucky pupils from Egerton Primary School in Knutsford were in for a baking treat when they were visited by their local family baker Roberts Bakery to learn all about how to make the perfect loaf of bread.

Egerton school visit 30 October 2013

And now Keith Birkett and Lindsay Occleston from Roberts are preparing for a trip across the globe and pass on their bread making skills to youngsters at Egerton’s partner school in Kenya. Along with their baking tins, yeast and flour, the pair will journey more than 4,000 miles to Egerton Primary School in Njoro, Kenya.

Lindsay and Keith will travel to Kenya with fellow local businesses and teachers in February next year. The tour will strengthen a special curriculum which has been established between the two schools. It aims to bring a global dimension to the children’s learning to help them compare and contrast experiences.

“This will be the furthest our baking tins have ever travelled!” said Keith. “We’re really looking forward to re-creating the bread making experience for the children in Kenya that the pupils have enjoyed here in Knutsford. They will learn the skills and techniques involved in making bread and we hope it will be a lot of fun for them too.”

Roberts’ family member Lindsay Occleston is serving on the Egerton Schools’ Foundation – a charity which was established in October 2012 to sustain a strong partnership between the two schools. She added: “As a local business, we are very keen to support our community. This trip opens up a much wider community for everyone involved, but one that has a very established link with us here in Knutsford. “

Lord Wilbraham Egerton of the Tatton Estate, established Egerton Primary in Knutsford in 1893. His nephew Maurice Egerton, founded the link school in Kenya in 1939. However, the two schools did not know about each other until 2005. Since then, Alison Hooper, head teacher at Egerton School, has been working to develop links between the schools through project work and exchange visits.

She said: “We have a shared approach to enrich the lives of the children in Knutsford and Kenya and make sure that this great partnership is sustained. I am delighted that Roberts Bakery has become involved in this important project and I’m looking forward to a very worthwhile and memorable trip to Kenya with them next year.”

The Kenyan children will also take an exciting virtual tour of Roberts’ state-of-the-art bakery, which makes 87 million loaves a year and supplies bread throughout the region.

Celebrating more than 125 years of baking bread, independent bakery Roberts Bakery was established in 1887. The company has operated from its current premises in Northwich, Cheshire since 1952. The site is kitted out with state-of-the art equipment, which enables the company to produce 1.8 million consistently high quality loaves a week. For four generations, the Roberts family has continued the skilled tradition of baking fine bread, with many members of the Roberts family still actively working for the business.

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