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Aunt Bessie’s adds to potato range

Aunt Bessie’s is building on its popular frozen potato range with new Rosemary & Sea Salt Chips launching in Waitrose this week.

The new chips are made using Aunt Bessie’s classic straight cut chips, seasoned with rosemary, sea salt and olive oil.

Lorraine Rothwell, Marketing Director for William Jackson Food Group-owned Aunt Bessie’s, said: “We’re always looking to offer people something new to try and our research showed a real opportunity to develop our popular chips further, giving a traditional favourite a modern twist and enabling shoppers to enjoy restaurant trends in their own home.”

The Rosemary & Sea Salt Chips are made with olive oil, rosemary and sea salt and bake in 20-25 minutes. They are available in a 500g pack, MRRSP £1.99.

Jacksons’ welcomes cast of Hessle Theatre Company’s The Bakers Wife to learn some tips and tricks of the trade

Colleagues at our bakery recently welcomed cast members from The Baker’s Wife to get some bread-making tips ahead of the show’s run at Hull Truck Theatre.

Neal Edlin and Hannah Wilson, playing baker Aimable Castagnet and baker’s wife Genevieve, went on a full tour of the bakery and even had a go at making their own loaves. Cast members also had a lesson on culinary history from our bakers, who taught them about the traditional bread making methods of the 1930s, the era in which the musical is set.

Cast member, Hannah Wilson said: “I had a wonderful afternoon at Jacksons’. I now have so much respect for bakers – I couldn’t even roll a sausage shape out of dough! I’ve never seen so much bread in my life. It was so interesting to hear the story of a small business growing into a massive part of everyone’s lives. I will never look at a loaf of bread in the same way again…”

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Pictured: The Baker’s Wife cast members Neal Edlin and Hannah Wilson with our Development Bakers, Kevan Roberts and Katy Asquith

Victoria Kennedy, Marketing and Communications Manager at Jacksons
, said: “We’re really pleased to have hosted Hessle Theatre Company and shared with them the bread-making knowledge and passion that we have here at Jacksons’.”

The Baker’s Wife is hilarious and heart-warming musical comedy from the writers of Wicked and Fiddler on the Roof. It tells the tale of a village baker, whose life is left in tatters when the local heartthrob whisks his wife away. When the baker shuts up shop and hits the bottle, the bickering villagers hatch a crazy plan to reunite the couple so that the baker will begin to make bread again.

To celebrate Hull UK City of Culture 2017, award-winning Hessle Theatre Company return to Hull Truck Theatre from Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 July to present the Yorkshire premiere of this gem of a show, following acclaimed productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods and the sell-out Sister Act.


In the kitchen with Jamie Oliver

Well done to our Abel & Cole MD Hannah Shipton who took part in the first UK CEO Cook Off, which raised more than £500,000 for charity. Here she is pictured at the event on Tuesday night with chef Jamie Oliver.

The money raised will go to UK Harvest, which saves quality surplus food from going to landfill and redistributes it to people in need, and food education schemes across the UK via the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Hannah did amazingly well and cooked three delicious courses. Her efforts raised almost £11,000 and were supported by WJFG’s Charity Committee.


A whistle-stop performance for Bude Park Primary

Lovely to join pupils from Bude Park Primary School in Hull this week to watch Opera North’s Whistle-stop Opera performance of Hansel and Gretel.

The Whistle-stop Opera is a special bite-sized performance created by Opera North to reach places other operas can’t, bringing the big shows to smaller stages. The mini opera includes the original music from the larger Hansel and Gretel show arranged for a small ensemble.

The cast, consisting of only four actors and one accordion player, managed to compact all of the excitement from the original performance, that is over two hours long, into one half an hour jam packed show, filled with surprises and lots of interaction with the audience of parents, teachers and pupils.

We’re proud to be the main sponsor of Opera North’s Singing School based at Bude Park Primary since it opened in 2014. The school is a flagship arts education programme focusing on the power of singing to change lives.

The performance was an amazing opportunity for students of the Singing School to see what they had learnt brought to life in their own school hall.

Pictured: Students at Bude Park watching the performance on Monday 20 March