MULTI-TALENTED Uplyme resident Sarah Causley has released a book of baking recipes she has shared with local children during lockdown, to raise funds for a community events next year.
Sarah, who with husband Neville runs local taxi firm Causley Cabs, has been keeping herself busy in the kitchen during this year’s lockdowns, running virtual baking classes for local children (and grown ups!) to join in.
Now she has released a book of some of her favourite recipes, complete with photos of those who have taken part via video conferencing app Zoom.
The book, called ‘Bake Yourself Happy: The Lockdown Sessions’ includes 14 easy-to-make recipes, along with a photo gallery of Sarah’s virtual bakers and a list of her essential baking tips.
Sarah also launched a new business, Mamma C’s Bakes, with son Harvey this year, delivering their homemade goodies to local residents as well as appearing at Lyme Regis Farmers’ Markets on the seafront.
But aside from baking, Sarah’s biggest passion is the performing arts and she has regularly appeared on stage with local amateur dramatic groups, which have been forced to cancel their productions this year due to the pandemic.
She is selling her book to support the performing arts in Lyme Regis and is planning to stage a community cabaret-style show in February 2021, if COVID restrictions allow.
It is hoped the event will be staged at the Woodmead Halls with acts including song, dance, instrumentals and sketches, and featuring local organisations which have not had a chance to perform this year.
Sarah commented: “I have been doing baking session for children via Zoom since April and have had people join in to bake from all over the country.
“The group asked if I would put our favourite recipes together in a book so I’ve been working on this since the end of the summer.
“A percentage of all the profits raised will go toward performing arts projects in the town as this is something very close to my heart and I really want to help get local theatre back on its feet again after the devastating year our local groups have had.”
The book has been printed by Dorchester-based Advantage Digital Print and is available for £8 including delivery to Lyme, Uplyme or Charmouth, or £9 including postage further afield, by contacting Sarah on 07788 946 427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The virtual baking sessions have been just one project to keep Sarah busy this year.
As a Fitsteps instructor, she has also been holding virtual dance classes, and she and husband Neville have been holding hugely popular virtual quiz nights during the two national lockdowns.
Those participating during the first lockdown helped to raise more than £600, which was put towards building a new sleigh for the Causley family’s annual charity Santa sleigh tour, which took place this week.
Sarah is also now planning two Christmas carolling events for the community, following social distancing guidelines, in both Uplyme and Lyme Regis .