The team at J&S Accessories with their cakes ready for a Macmillan Coffee Morning. From the left are Rhys Davies, Hayden Craft, Rob Rae-Lewis, manager Liam Easton, and assistant manager Dan Booth.

Trials and tribulations of Uckfield cake-makers

The team at J&S motorcycle accessories shop in Uckfield enthusiastically made cakes for the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning yesterday.

The day before the event it sounded as if manager Liam Easton planned to head off to Tesco for his contribution, while in complete contrast assistant manager Dan Booth was talking about the two round cakes and one oblong he had already baked and which were waiting to be iced and decorated.


The three cakes made by Dan Booth, assistant manager at J&S Accessories. Each bears a logo which would be recognised by keen bikers.

Rhys Davies had already baked his cake too to a helmet-style design.

But when it came down to it Liam was not to be outdone by his staff and he buckled down to the task – while filming his efforts live for Facebook.


Liam Easton’s finished cake.

It took him two and a half hours to complete the task. He had been worried about over-beating the mixture because that’s what usually happened with his cakes and Dan obviously understood the problem too. “Don’t talk to me about beating all the air out,” he said.

Clean face

The least desirable cake on the day was probably made by Rob Rae-Lewis which carried the imprint of his face on it. He couldn’t understand the problem: “I’ve got a clean face,” he said.

The cake was called Impact. Its description read: “This is a 4mph facial impact on a beautiful raspberry sponge cake without wearing a helmet. Just imagine the cake with a 30mph impact if you can, I know, not worth thinking about. Waste of good cake. Remember, always wear a helmet …”


Impact, the cake bearing the imprint of the face of Rob Rae-Lewis.

Meanwhile at the Roller Mill where bookkeepers Team 4 Solutions are based preparations were under way for another Macmillan Coffee Morning. This one was being organised in memory of much-loved colleague, Annette Hitchcox.


Some of the staff at bookkeepers Team 4 Solutions as guests start arriving for their Macmillan Coffee Morning.

And the Macmillan Cancer Support Uckfield Committee held a coffee morning at Pizza Express in the High Street.

The Uckfield area Macmillan Cancer Support team which ran the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World event at Pizza Express. The restaurant manager, Brendan Kavanagh is also pictured.

The Uckfield area Macmillan Cancer Support team which ran the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World event at Pizza Express. The restaurant manager, Brendan Kavanagh is also pictured.

More than £700 raised at Manor Primary School

Staff and parents at Manor Primary School went the extra mile on Friday too and filled tables with cakes and raise more than £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

There were chocolate cakes, Victoria sponges and cupcakes galore to tempt visitors to part with their money.

The school’s own published author, Lizzie Koch, donated a signed copy of her successful paperback novel ‘The Adventures of Katie Button’ which was raffled to raise extra money.

The school hall was packed with people who took time out of their busy day to support the fund-raising event.

Ruth Western, school business manager, said: “A big thank you goes to everyone who backed, helped set up  and those who donated so generously for a natter, a cuppa and a slice of cake.”

Ruth said thank you to Pippins Florist at Hadlow Down who donated flowers to decorate the tables at Manor Primary and Truffles Bakery who donated cakes.


Some of the Macmillan fund-raisers at Manor Primary School, Uckfield.


Four tables were filled with cakes for the Macmillan fund-raising event at Manor Primary School, Uckfield

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