Whalley chef’s cookery demo raises £3,000 for church restoration

Chef Breda Murphy demonstrating Food for Entertaining
Chef Breda Murphy demonstrating Food for Entertaining

A WONDERFUL evening of cookery demonstrations by North West chef Breda Murphy has “whisked up” fund-raising for Whalley’s RC English Martyrs’ Church restoration appeal.

The event, held at Oakhill College, Whalley, attracted parish members, Oakhill parents, residents and general food lovers of all ages, to watch one of the region’s top chefs, Breda Murphy, and her team prepare food with a theme of “Easy Entertaining”.

Anyone who missed the demonstration by Breda, who owns the Food by Breda Murphy restaurant in Whalley, can still get a “taste” thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

English Martyrs’ parish priest, Fr Philip Price, said: “A wonderful evening was had by all and what an imaginative and inspiring demonstration, resulting in over £3,000 being raised through tickets and a raffle. It was an evening to remember and all those who supported the event so generously may feel a real sense of belonging.”

Breda said “It was a pleasure to be able to help the church by doing something I love. It was also rewarding that it brought so many people of varied ages and backgrounds together to learn about preparing good food”.

A short video has been made which can be viewed at http://facebook.com/FoodByBredaMurphy showing the cooks at work.

The Breda Murphy evening is just one of a series of events to raise money towards the refurbishment of the English Martyrs’ Church and further donations are welcome. Parishioners are currently sharing the St Mary and All Saints CE Church in Whalley, while extensive work continues on English Martyrs’. A blog at www.em-church.org.uk is being developed for the church which will document and inform parishioners of progress of the restoration and news of forthcoming events.