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James cake

Above and below: The cake James Gutteridge made to celebrate his birthday.

James Gutteridge birthday cake

It's a piece of cake for James!

small jamesjpgWhen St Mary's Church, Melton, Musical Director James Gutteridge, pictured left, realised he would be forced to celebrate his 42nd birthday alone this year due to the Coronavirus lockdown he decided to make his own birthday cake.

And, when the big day arrived (Monday, April 27th) he put some candles on the cake, lit them then video-called his family. They then sang happy birthday to him and he blew out the candles and had a virtual birthday party.

"It’s the first birthday cake I’ve made for myself, I’d normally enjoy my mum's, " said James. "However, for obvious reasons, that couldn’t happen so I thought I’d make one.

"It was a rather nice sponge, I must say. I do bake quite a lot. I enjoy it. Get it from my mum I think. I decided to ice it and write the music for ‘Happy birthday’ in icing. It was quite tricky!"

steve boxall flapjacks 

11steve boxall 1*And James is not the only one from St Mary's Church Choir who has been baking to fill the time in during lockdown. Steve Boxall, left, made flapjacks for the first time, resulting in a tasty treat, as our picture above shows.

Love it or hate it, life in lockdown due to Coronavirus looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. But how are you coping with it? Are you finding lots of things to do with your time, or are you struggling?

Here's your chance to let other people in the Team Parish know what the lockdown means to you and what you have been doing to fill your time. Perhaps you are spending more time on your garden, or perhaps you're reading some books. Perhaps you have even tried a lockdown haircut at home!

Whatever you have been doing we would like to know. If you have ever fancied trying to write something, now is the time to give it a go. We want to publish your article on the Team Parish website. It can be any length and it would be nice to include a picture, or pictures, if you can to illustrate what you have been doing. We will also be compiling a booklet, which we hope to publish once life returns to normal again, as a keepsake of what life was like for us all under the pandemic.

All you have to do to take part is email your story and picture(s) to Website Editor Phil Balding at: philloveskaren@yahoo.co.uk and we will publish them on the Team Parish website.

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