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Bideford to join Chelsea, Boston and Bath in having its own bun

By NDJJoe  |  Posted: August 19, 2016

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How would you sum up Bideford in bun form?

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A BUN to define Bideford - the race is on to create a baked delight to celebrate the town at an upcoming positive living event.

On Sunday, September 4, Bideford Pannier Market will look a little different as it hosts the first ever Bideford Positive Living Fair.

North Devon Positive Living Group is part of a national network of groups.

The North Devon group was set up by Rose Young-French in 2015 in collaboration with Mill Street health shop Natures Nutrition.

One of the highlights of the event will be the judging of competition to create "a bun to make Bideford famous".

Rose would like bakers and pastry chefs to let their imaginations run wild.

She said: "We are looking for a bun which is sweet or savoury, has a wonderful baked aroma, is hand-held and unique.

"No matter what your age, this is a wonderful opportunity to show off your creative baking skills.

"If Chelsea, Bath and Boston can have their own buns, then why can't we?"

The buns will judged on the day of the fair and entry forms are available from Nature's Nutrition.

There will be stalls and displays, but not run by the usual stallholders.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops, and a performance area will provide space for music, dance and talks.

It is hoped the fair will be "a celebration of some of the great things happening in the Bideford area".

Local performers will entertain visitors and the town's mayor David Howell will be give a talk.

The fair was organised by a quartet of community groups including Intagr8, Bideford Sustainability Group, One Bideford and North Devon Positive Living Group.

Intagr8 is a community interest company operating from the former Chopes craft shop.

Rachel Raper, who runs the organisation, works with the community helping people with mental health and addiction issues, cooperating with families, schools and the wider community.

Bideford Sustainability Group aims to involve and support the community in local projects such as, growing and producing food, energy production and skill sharing while also promoting sustainable living, learning and information sharing.

One Bideford is a "cohesive, collaborative, visible multi agency team" which works on creating a cleaner, safer and more vibrant town centre and to use public resources effectively and efficiently to resolve the issues which matter most to the community.

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