Celebrity chefs donate recipes for Waldron and Cross in Hand village cook book

A COOKBOOK is a great way to raise funds for a good cause but the villages of Waldron and Cross in Hand have gone the extra mile to make theirs different.

Challenged to raise thousands of pounds towards maintaining two churches, Friends of Waldron Churches asked village residents and celebrities to send in their favourite recipes.

Mary Berry and Lucy Young, famed nationally for their Aga recipes, sent in their double lemon tart with good wishes for the book’s success. Marguerite Patten, who taught housewives to manage on the World War II rations also sent a recipe and pop icon Gary Numan and his family offered a recipe for peppermint creams. Waldron’s new priest in charge, Fr David, born in Cornwall, persuaded his mother to send a Cornish Pasty recipe.

Local restaurants got in on the act with The Star first in line with Chef Nick Botting’s Lamb Tagine. Vincent Rongier of the Sundial at Herstmonceux offered his rose macaroons with raspberry mousse and Chris Nelmes, chef at Marco Pierre White’s Chequers Inn sent a recipe for seared scallops with a truffle mash. Mark Raffan, once chef to King Hussein of Jordan, more recently Head Chef at Gravetye Manor and now chef/owner at the Red Lion at Chelwood Gate has put in a recipe too. Finally, Chun Wah Lau from the Superstar Chinese Restaurant in Heathfield sent his recipe for chicken and cashews.

With a dazzling cover illustration in watercolour by local artist Doreen Beattie and line drawings inside by John Tyson of Can Draw, the publication, printed by Waldron printer Print Matters, is more than your average cookbook.

Friends chairman Valerie Chidson said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the result. This is a real community effort with recipes for all tastes, most of them from within the parish, some from children, and it’s great fun to have these well-known names joining in to make our cookbook a success. We hope to sell lots of copies for this very worthwhile cause.”

This is only the first of many imaginative plans being hatched by the Friends of Waldron Churches. They are putting together a list of events they’d like to promote, and the sky’s the limit.

“Whether you’re a regular churchgoer or not, looking after our churches is essential to ensure they’re still in good shape for future generations. All Saints’ in Waldron has been there for over 800 years and I’d hate to think it sank into disrepair on our watch” said committee member Irene Flynn. The cookbook will be on sale from the end of April priced £5 with all profits going to The Friends. Copies from Jasons of Waldron, The Star, Heathfield Art and Books or the village fete on June 4.