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Maymessy Cooking School

Published on: 20/05/2019

Learn more about Maymessy

Maymessy is an empowering cookery school in Oxfordshire to support disadvantaged young people to learn food skills and gain greater wellbeing.


 Youth Challenge Oxfordshire –Canapé making class 19th January 2019

 Maymessy enjoyed hosting the charity, YoCO belated Xmas party celebration in January 2019. The young people from Faringdon cooked their canapés in the 12 man kitchen, then changed and became waitresses, serving their homemade canapés to 50 of the local trustees and dignitaries in Oxfordshire. Guests included Mayor of Faringdon, Trustees of YoCO charity, High Sheriff, and the Rotary.

Video of young people making canapés on http://www.maymessy.com/working-with-schools


Refugee resource charity –skill sharing days in January and February 2019

Maymessy was thrilled to have 30 women from the charity Refugee Resource over for two skill sharing workshops with the school Wellington College.

Oxfordshire-based chef Mariella Bliss taught the group how to make authentic Italian pizza while the women from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrated how to make Eid cookies..

Fatou Ceesay, women’s service coordinator from Refugee Resource, said: “It is exciting to come out of the busy city of Oxford. The environment is welcoming and like a mother child relationship. It empowered the women because they shared their skills and it helps them with their integration as many have just arrived in this country”.

Nine students and four teachers from Wellington College attended over the two days with student Bella reflecting on her time: “It was an amazing experience to cook with these inspiring women. We got to know each other, talking about school, about GCSEs and what they do. One of the women was a teacher”.

Anna Richards the director and founder said “The women would love to return in the summer with their families for a traditional British picnic so we’re looking for financial support to help host this event. Donations such as a bouncy castle for the children and help with transport costs would also be great!”


About Maymessy CIC

Working with local charities, youth groups and schools, Maymessy is an empowering cookery school supporting disadvantaged local young people in Oxfordshire. . Maymessy is located within 11 acres of countryside with views of the Ridgeway, near Wantage. We offer corporate away days and companies can rent the barn space for meetings and bespoke events.  Maymessy is looking for support from local businesses at Milton Park. 


Contact Anna@maymessy.com

Find out more: www.maymessy.com.

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