Heavenly Bites at East and Old

Sean Tait, Leon Williamson, Kasey Hendry and Ailish-Louise Rattray with volunteer Elizabeth McLeod start to prepare macaroni cheese and baked potatoes.

Sean Tait, Leon Williamson, Kasey Hendry and Ailish-Louise Rattray with volunteer Elizabeth McLeod start to prepare macaroni cheese and baked potatoes.

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Pupils from Forfar’s Strathmore Primary School have been showcasing their creative culinary talents away from the classroom.

P6/7 pupils from the school are serving up hearty wholesome fare each week at Forfar’s East and Old Church, helping provide community meals for locals.

Heavenly Bites is the imaginative name for the joint catering collaboration between the youngsters and members of the East and Old Church.

The children have been involved in all steps of the venture - preparing, cooking and serving the meals each Thursday lunchtime in the church itself. Members of the East and Old congregation have been supervising and supporting the pupils, ensuring they know all the health and hygiene regulations and safety procedures necessary for catering on a larger scale.

The initiative helps the children develop their skills for lifelong learning and work, a key part of the new curriculum for excellence in Scotland’s schools.

From preparing the ingredients and cooking them for the meals, to serving and clearing and washing up afterwards, the P6/7 pupils have been praised for displaying an extremely keen interest in the work that goes into such community meal initiatives.

It is anticipated the children will compile recipe books for the meals they have been serving and these will be on sale in the near future.