Ann Widdicombe’s orange and ginger flapjack in Home-Start East Lindsey cookbook

Local school children and their families have helped family support charity Home-Start East Lindsey to try and answer the eternal question – “What shall we have for tea?” by putting together a family cookbook.

Kidgate Academy, Lacey Gardens Junior School and North Cockerington C of E Primary joined forces with primary schools in Alford, Willoughby, Sutton on Sea and Skegness to send in their favourite tea-time recipes to Home-Start East Lindsey.

The project was also supported by Healthy School Lincolnshire, who selected and shortlisted the recipes to go into the book. Local celebrity chef Rachel Green also gave a helping hand by nominating the healthiest and most practical recipes for awards.

The final book contains over 40 delicious healthy recipes from children and families across the district with a couple of special submissions from some more famous names, including Ann Widdicombe’s orange and ginger flapjack, presented to Home-Start during her recent visit to Louth Golf Club.

The book was launched at a prize giving evening on Monday 22nd October at Louth Library Conoco Rooms where prizes were awarded to ten children and families for submitting the healthiest, most interesting and family friendly recipes, along with a prize for the best illustration.

Kathryn Laverack, Volunteer Community Fundraiser said: “We are just so excited to see this book in print and we want to say a really big thank you to all the children who shared their favourite recipes with us, to Debbie Kenyon and Jane Baddon from Healthy Schools Lincolnshire who worked so hard to help us put the book together, Rachel Green for taking the time help us with the judging, all the businesses who donated prizes and FSG design for donating their time to photograph recipes and design the book. With all this hard work we hope we have managed to produce a book that will make tea times easier and more fun for families across the district and raise some much needed funds for our work and for local schools.”

Home-Start East Lindsey has received a grant from the Evan Cornish Foundation to cover the cost of producing copies for the families they support throughout the district. A further thousand copies have been produced for distribution through participating schools and through local businesses. The books will be available for a donation of £5.00, with £1.00 for each copy going to schools for every copy they distribute. The remaining proceeds will go to Home-Start East Lindsey and their local family support work. For details of participating schools and businesses where copies will be available, please visit or their facebook page .