Church cooks up lessons for men

Peter Carver, Richard Wales and George Wild get to grips in the kitchen at St Columba's Church at Crosspool as they learn cookery skills.
Peter Carver, Richard Wales and George Wild get to grips in the kitchen at St Columba's Church at Crosspool as they learn cookery skills.

A SHEFFIELD church is doing its bit to introduce men to the world of cooking.

St Columba’s in Manchester Road, Crosspool, is starting a six-week cookery course from April 19.

Priest in Charge the Rev Frances Eccleston said: “Last year we had our kitchen improved and we very much wanted to increase community access.

“I was talking to a community nurse and she was saying it would be good to have something for men.

“We were aware that sometimes men don’t have the chance to learn about cooking, and if there are just other blokes in the class, it could help to build up their confidence.”

A grant has been secured from the Sheffield NHS Primary Care Trust on the basis that the project will help to improve men’s health.

“We are working with an experienced tutor, Dawn Young, who works with community groups and uses fresh ingredients to make ‘real’ food,” said Frances.

“There are so many cookery programmes on television, but cooking is something we have to learn by doing, and I feel there is a lack of cookery courses.

“If it is successful, it is something we would like to continue.”

She added: “I love cooking and eating. It’s one of life’s pleasures. In church we feel that getting together around a table for a meal is very much part of the Christian faith.

The cost is £42 (concessions £21). Contact Kate Hill on 2670006.