BAKING brought joy when youngsters took part in a week focused on culinary delights.

Kimpton, Thruxton and Fyfield Church of England Primary School was awarded a grant of £10,400 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund over a year ago to convert its old staffroom into a community kitchen, and last week saw its official launch.

To celebrate its opening, the school hosted a cooking week, and all pupils had the opportunity to bake items either with school staff or with visiting chefs from local businesses.

The week began with an assembly by Steve Burbidge, of Burbidges Bakers in Andover, and representatives from Rosebourne Garden Centre and The Wellington Academy who came in to share their baking expertise with the youngsters.

The week finished with the running a free community café to which both parents and local residents were invited.

Headteacher Zoe Newton said: “It was lovely to be able to welcome so many people into our school to sample the results of the cooking sessions.

“The children now have a real taste for cooking and we are looking forward to doing more community projects in the future.”