PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 November 2018 Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Remembrance service made me proud of my communityCllr Barry Mugglestone, Chairman Elm Park Royal British Legion, writes:I would like to give sincere thanks to all who participated in the Elm Park Remembrance Parade and Service at St Nicholas Church. A special thank you to the Rt Rev Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking, Rev Amanda and Father Tom Keighley for a very special service. I must congratulate the children of Benhurst and Elm Park primary schools for their outstanding singing and reading of their work. They prepared until they were absolutely perfect. We were also pleased to have many young people join us once again this year in the parade from R J Mitchell School, cubs, scouts, brownies and guides and led by the Haverettes. I would like to thank the two parade marshals Gary and Trevor, volunteer marshals and also our local police officers. I would also like to thank Joanne … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Rembembrance Sunday, Armistice 100 tribute, Brexit, old library site, A12 footbridge, school meals week and dementia care.
Universal infant free school meals
Gallery School cooks from Norse preparing meals in a kitchen. Picture: lee Blanchflower Blanc Photography 2013 Being adaptable and offering interesting as well as healthy school dinner options to children will be key to maintaining their uptake in Norfolk, a catering boss has said. Children tucking into a healthy lunch at St Williams School, Thorpe. pic taken 29th sept 1986 c12714 pic to be used in edp dml 21st sept 2011The country is preparing for National School Meals Week (November 12 to 16), which aims to change perceptions around school meals and celebrate the people who provide them.The catering arm of Norwich-based facilities group Norse serves daily meals in schools and academies with some 39,200 students, and provides more than 25,000 primary school meals in Norfolk and Suffolk every day.Figures from Norse show that the average take-up of paid school meals among key stage two pupils (aged seven to 11) among the schools it serves is 23pc, while some 70pc of key … [Read more...] about Exploring the past, present and future of school dinners in Norfolk
News / UK by Press Association 24/10/2018, 1:34 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Universal free meals for infants should be scrapped to help the “undue” funding pressures facing schools, a Tory backbencher has suggested. Anne Main argued her party’s decision to drop its manifesto commitment was “misguided” and the party “should have investigated that further”. The St Albans MP added it was “crazy” to ring-fence “huge sums of money for foreign aid” when the education budget lacked funding. She said parliamentarians should have chance to debate “this misplaced policy”. Speaking during her Westminster Hall debate on school funding, she said: “Just like I don’t want to see any budgets that should be used for pupils who are at the poorest end of the margins taken away, I don’t want to see wealthier parents being … [Read more...] about Stop free school meals to boost education funding, says Tory MP
Derbyshire County Council has revealed plans to increase the cost of school meals for the first time in three years. The price of meals at primary, nursery and special schools in the authorities remit would go up by 10p to £2.10 and secondary school meals will rise 5p to £2.88. Meanwhile, the cost of adult meals served in schools would increase by 5p to £2.88. The Conservative-led authority says the increase is needed due to rising costs but Labour opposition county councillor Jim Coyle has criticised the plans, saying it would hit the most vulnerable the hardest. He said: "This administration has hammered us with the biggest tax rise in recent memory, and now this. “How much more pain do they plan to dish out to Derbyshire people? "The school meals service runs at a surplus so I'm very, very disappointed at this increase as it is unnecessary and once again will hurt the most vulnerable.” Take-up of school meals in Derbyshire has increased over the past 12 … [Read more...] about School meal prices to go up in Derbyshire for first time in three years
Families across Derbyshire are being advised that the price of school meals could increase from September. Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale will consider the following proposed changes in the recommended selling prices of school meals at a meeting on June, 29. - Primary/nursery/special schools - 10p increase to £2.10p - Secondary schools – 5p increase to £2.40 - The cost of adult meals served in schools would increase by 5p to £2.88 Even if the recommendations are approved, schools can still set their own prices if they choose. The changes would not affect families of Key Stage One pupils, who receive free school meals under the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. Nor would they affect the families of pupils who are eligible for benefits-based free school meals. Councillor Dale said: “We’ve seen an increase in the number of families opting for our award-winning school meals for their … [Read more...] about Plans to increase cost of school meals in Derbyshire