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Jamie puts the TV spotlight on church

The Vicar,  the Rev Shaun Baldwin, with Jamie and Jimmy during filming.

The Vicar, the Rev Shaun Baldwin, with Jamie and Jimmy during filming.

A Preesall church was featured in a new TV programme with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on Friday night.

The vicar and community around St Oswald’s Church were last year involved in filming for a Channel 4 series about “lost foods” in the UK.

The team filming Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast was at the church in August for two days of filming.

Jamie Oliver, alongside fellow chef Jimmy Doherty, made a film about Tosset Cake, which is a biscuit flavoured with caraway seeds and coriander seeds.

Rev Shaun Baldwin, said: “Jamie’s visit was a fantastic moment for the community and a great catalyst for the revival of an old traditional festival rooted firmly in the church’s history, which came about originally as a result of the importance the church has always played, and continues to play, in the local area.

“The revival and filming of the Tosset Feast was a great experience that brought together all sections of the Over Wyre community.

“We think this was the first celebration of the Tosset Feast for over 100 years.

“We were delighted Jamie and Jimmy Doherty came to the area and were looking forward to seeing the results of the filming. We think ‘Tosset’ is a corruption of ‘St Oswald’.”

There has been a place of worship in Stalmine since around 1240, and the parish was originally dedicated to St Oswald before the existing church was built and dedicated to St James in 1806.

Jamie and Jimmy’s aim was to revive the Tosset Cake, as well as the community celebrations linked to the feast of St Oswald.

The event was filmed in the grounds of Parrox Hall, Preesall.

 

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