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Shackleton lower school
20 June 2017



The kitchen team at Shackleton lower did a fantastic job during 19th-23rd of June where they had international week at the school. The team prepared a diiferent themed meal each day from various countries around the world.
 
 

Balliol lower school
13 June 2017



The pupils had a great day with our chef/trainer Adam Denny, they worked with dough to make delicious bread rolls that they were able to take home.
 
 

NVQ certificates
26 May 2017



Congratulations to Kelly Lamb at Springfield lower school for passing your NVQ level 2 certificates in food production, well deserved after your hard work and commitment.
 
 

Oakley Lower school
03 May 2017



All the pupils that took part in the added benefits day at Oakley lower school thoroughly enjoyed the sessions making different fruit salads and being able to take them home to share with their family.
 
 

Pizza making at Bromham lower school
04 April 2017



The pupils at Bromham lower school enjoyed their Pizza making day with our Support Manager Alison Jeffries. They shaped the dough for the bases and then were able to choose different toppings to complete their pizzas.
 
 

Elstow lower school
14 March 2017



The pupils at Elstow lower school took part in our Added benefits day and had fun with the bread dough, making some very creative bread rolls.
 
 

World book day
02 March 2017



The kitchen team at Shackleton lower school always make a huge effort for theme days and really went the extra mile for world book day where they dressed up as characters from 101 Dalmations. The children were very excited to be served their lunch by Cruella and the puppies.
 
 

Broadmead lower school
28 February 2017



The pupils at Broadmead lower school enjoyed their day of food preperation and a surprise visit at lunchtime from a friendly corn on the cob.
 
 

food sessions at St. Lawrence VA lower school
03 February 2017



The pupils at St. Lawrence VA school had a fun day with our craft trainer who carried out various food preparation sessions. The day was enjoyed by all the children and they loved taking their food creations home with them.
 
 

Food sessions at Wootton lower
30 January 2017



A fun day was had by pupils at Wootton lower school when they took part in a day of food workshops. Our trainers Adam Deny and Simon Papworth made bread, fruit pizzas and fruit salads during six sessions through out the day.
 
 

congratulations kitchen manager at Elstow primary.
20 January 2017



Congratulations to Gintare Lukosiene, kitchen manager at Elstow Primary school for passing your intermediate level apprenticeship in food production and cooking,this is a fantastic achievement that reflects all your hard work, well done.
 
 

Oakley lower School Christmas dinner
14 December 2016



The Kitchen team at Oakley lower School cooked a delicious Christmas lunch that was enjoyed by pupils and staff, whilst working hard to provide this, the team fully embraced the Christmas spirit dressed up in their festive outfits.
 
 

Wootton lower school Christmas dinner
13 December 2016



The kitchen team at Wootton lower school prepared a fantastic Christmas lunch that was enjoyed by pupils and staff. After working hard to prepare this it is nice to see the kitchen team still smiling and ready for service.
 
 

Jo Joe visits Kempston Rural lower school
21 November 2016



Jo Joe crow made a visit to Kempston Rural lower school during lunch time,the children were surprised and excited to see Jo Joe waiting in line for a dinner, they all enjoyed the visit.Our craft trainer was on site all day delivering craft sessions to pupils, the children enjoyed the fruit pizza making classes and were able to take the finished dishes home to share with parents.
 
 

Caterlink Awards Evening - Kitchen Manager of the Year
03 November 2016



Well done to Carol Peilow of Castle Lower School who was awarded Kitchen Manager of the year.
 
 

Caterlink Awards Evening - Kitchen Team of the Year
03 November 2016



Well done to the team at Springfield Lower School who received the award for Kitchen Team of the Year.
 
 

Caterlink Awards Evening -Glenis Quinn award
03 November 2016



well done to Pat Carroll and Lyn Leach who received the special award chosen by Glenis Quinn the Bedford Borough client.
 
 

Caterlink Awards Evening -Best growth and progression
03 November 2016



Well done to Lyndsay Campbell for achieving the award for best progression.
 
 

Caterlink Awards Evening -kitchen assistant of the year
03 November 2016



congratulations to Dragana Podaljak for recieving the award for kitchen assistant of the year.
 
 

Caterlink Awards Evening - Best ESB results
03 November 2016



Well done to Joy Taylor and the team at Ramsey Manor lower School for their award for highest ESB results.
 
 

Caterlink Awards Evening -Best pence per meal
03 November 2016



Well done to Penny Mason at Balliol lower school for receiving the award for best pence per meal.
 
 

Caterlink Awards Evening - loudest kitchen award
03 November 2016



Well done to the team from Brickhill lower school for getting the award for the loudest kitchen.
 
 

Bonfire Lunch
19 October 2016



Join us for bonfire lunch! See the flyer in your school for more details.
 
 

Join us for Thursday Fun Day
06 October 2016



Join us for a Thursday Fun Day on 6th October 2016. The special menu will be Hot dog in a roll or Cheese and tomato pizza, with Jacket wedges and garden peas or baked beans, followed by iced sponge.
 
 

Congratulations Louise
05 September 2016



Well done Louise on you achievement of NVQ level 3
 
 

Healthy Eating Week Priory Lower
18 July 2016



Following the success of last year’s healthy eating week, Alison Jeffries our Support Manager delighted the children at Priory Lower again this year, teaching them the delights of healthy eating.
 
 

JoJoe Crow visits Cotton End
13 July 2016



JoJoe crow delights the children with his visit to their taster at Cotton End. JoJoe joined Simon our craft trainer, his visit was enjoyed by all.
 
 

The Queens Birthday Celebration
10 June 2016



The pupils and staff enjoyed an indoor street party to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday at Shackleton Primary School today.
 
 

King Oak Primary School - A week of Tasters
06 June 2016



Claire Brown our Kitchen Manager at the Oak site of Kings Oak Primary School and Mandy Hill our support manager, spent the week demonstrating our tasty menu to the prospective pupils.
 
 

Taster at Livingstone Primary School
12 May 2016



The children and Parents of Livingstone Primary School enjoyed a taster this week, Max our Kitchen Manager and Mandy our support manager received great comments on the food.
 
 

St Lawrence Taster
11 May 2016



The children and Parents of St Lawrence Lower School enjoyed a taster this week, Alison our support Manager and Simoon our trainer received great comments on the food.
 
 

Balliol Lower School -Taster
14 April 2016



The children and Parents of Balliol Lower School enjoyed a taster of Beef Chilli, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Vegetable Wellington. The Caterlink team received great feedback from all.
 
 

Well Done Debbie
11 April 2016



Well done to Debbie Gray, from Ridgeway Special School. Debbie received her Extra Mile Award from Carolyn Camy her support manager and Kim Upton her Senior Support manager. WELL DONE
 
 

Easter Special Day
24 March 2016



Shackleton Primary School had a very successful Easter Special Day today. The children really enjoyed it and were so excited to win Easter eggs
 
 

Well Done Abby
14 March 2016



Well done to Abby Coppenhall, who has just finished her NVQ.
 
 

Bread Making Classes at Ursula Taylor
04 February 2016



Caterlink Chef Trainer, Adam Denny took an Assembly for pupils and staff on Healthy Eating and displayed different fruits and vegetables. This was followed by bread making classes with the pupils. The kitchen staff baked the bread for the children to take home. The day was enjoyed by all.
 
 

Caribbean Carnival Day at Shackleton Primary School
04 February 2016



The Children and Teachers were treated to a Caribbean carnival day today. They tucked into Jerk Chicken or Sweet Potato & Lentil Curry, followed by a tasty Jamaican Ginger Cake and Ice Cream. A great day was had by all!
 
 

Recruitment Open Day
29 January 2016



We will be holding a recruitment open day on Tuesday 16th February 2016 between 9.30 a.m. & 1.00 p.m. At Caterlink Ltd, Room B15 & B16, Safestore Business Centre, Elstow Road, Bedford. MK 42 8PL. We have the following term time only vacancies: Kitchen Manager, General Kitchen Assistants, Cashiers, Mobile Kitchen Manager, Mobile General Kitchen Assistants, Various Casual positions. Caterlink is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure must be obtained for this role. Please contact the Bedford Office on 01234 360874 if you require any further details.
 
 

The Hills Academy - Eat with the teacher
21 January 2016



Alicia Hawkins our Kitchen Manager at The Hill Academy in Bedford, cooked a special meal today for the pupils and teachers on her Eat with the teacher day. The pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed a Wild West theme.
 
 

Christmas Lunch at Shackleton Primary School
16 December 2015



Kitchen Manager Louise and her team served up a fantastic Christmas lunch at Shackleton Primary School today. We received fantastic feedback. Well done to all involved.
 
 

Edith Cavell Christmas Lunch
11 December 2015



The head teacher joined Kim the Kitchen Manager and the team to serve Christmas lunch to the pupils and staff at Edith Cavell Lower School today. Fantastic lunch was enjoyed by all. Well done.
 
 

JoJoe Crow visits Wootton Lower School
17 November 2015



JoJoe continues his tour around the Bedford Borough Schools today with a lunchtime visit to the children at the new Wootton Lower School.
 
 

JoJoe Visits Wilstead Lower School
10 November 2015



JoJoe continues his tour around the Bedford Borough Schools today with a lunchtime visit to the children at Wilstead Lower School today.
 
 

JoJoe Crow visits Springfield Lower School
13 October 2015



JoJoe crow delights the children with his visit to see their lunch at Springfield Lower School. JoJoe joined Anthony and his team during lunchtime, his visit was enjoyed by all.
 
 

Hazeldene Lower School receive a visit from the Mayor
01 October 2015



Caterlink held a food taster at Hazledene Lower Schools new kitchen, parents pupils and teachers were able to taste samples from the current menu and ask any questions regarding the lunch service. The Mayor also visited to view the new kitchen.
 
 

St James Lower School Taster
30 September 2015



The children and Parents of St James Lower School enjoyed a taster this week, Ruth our Kitchen Manager and Carolyn our trainer received great comments on the food.
 
 

Special Fun Day Thursday
21 September 2015



Join us for a Thursday Fun Day on 1st October 2015. The special menu will be Hot dog in a roll or Cheese and tomato pizza, with Jacket wedges and garden peas or baked beans, followed by iced sponge.
 
 

Bromham Taster
15 July 2015



The children and Parents of Bromham Lower School enjoyed a taster this week, Sian our Kitchen Manager and Mandy our support manager received great comments on the food.
 
 

Hazeldeane Taster
08 July 2015



The children and Parents of Hazeldene Lower School enjoyed a taster, Andrea and Kim our support manager received great comments on the food.
 
 

Healthy Eating Week Priory Lower
07 July 2015



We completed a healthy eating week at Priory Lower School, which was a great success. As part of the week, the team created some activities which help to explain the different food groups and how food makes the body function. Children have designed their own healthy plates, experienced a ‘discovery day’ where they learnt about chickpeas and kale, and also made their own bread.
 
 

Well Done Tracey
19 June 2015



Well done to Tracey Beirne, from Denfield Park Primary School. Tracey received her Extra Mile Award from Mandy Hill her support manager.
 
 

Cotton End Primary School Taster
03 June 2015



The pupils and parents at Cotton End Primary School, enjoyed their recent visit from JoJoe crow, who joined Simon for a recent parents taster. The parents commented the food was much better then when they were at school.
 
 

Well Done Tracey
21 May 2015



Well done Tracey. Tracey receives her certificates from her support manager following her successful completion of her ESB health and safety and food safety training.
 
 

Tex Mex
19 May 2015



The pupils at Shackleton Primary School really enjoyed their Tex Mex theme day on Tuesday. Louise and her team donned their mustaches and sombreros to dish up a Tex Mex feast.
 
 

Oakley Lower School taster a great sucess
16 April 2015



The children and Parents of Oakley Lower School enjoyed a taster today, Abbey our Kitchen manager and Carolyn our regional trainer received great comments on the food.
 
 

Camestone Lower School Taster
14 April 2015



The children and Parents enjoyed a taster today, Simon the support manager for Camestone and Carolyn our regional trainer received great comments on the food.
 
 

Well Done Abbey
09 March 2015



Well done to Abbey Copenhall the kitchen manager at Oakley Lower School, who has received this months "Extra Mile Award". Abbey received her certificate, flowers and voucher from Kenton Locke Operations Manager.
 
 

Recruitment Morning
13 January 2015



We are holding a recruitment morning on Tuesday 20th January 2015 between 9.30 a.m. & 12.30 p.m. At Caterlink Ltd, Room B15 & B16, Safestore Business Centre, Elstow Road, Bedford. MK 42 8PL. We have the following term time only vacancies: Kitchen Manager, General Kitchen Assistants, Mobile Kitchen Manager, Mobile General Kitchen Assistants, Various Casual positions. Caterlink is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure must be obtained for this role. Please contact the Bedford Office on 01234 360874 if you require any further details.
 
 

Thursday Fun Day
22 December 2014



Join us for a Thursday Fun Day on 15th January 2015. The special menu will be Hot dog in a roll or Cheese and tomato pizza, with Jacket wedges and garden peas or baked beans, followed by iced sponge.
 
 

Christmas Menu
28 November 2014



Pupils across the Bedford Borough Schools are looking forward as always to Christmas Lunch. To find out the date your school childs school is having Christmas Lunch please contact the school reception.
 
 

Justine wins Silver
10 July 2014



Justine Tolhurst from Riseley Lower School won a silver award at this years LACA Finishing Touches completion at the NEC in Birmingham last week. LACA is the industry body for school meals and each year they hold a competition for school catering staff that is judged by the Craft Guild of Chefs.
 
 

Hills Academy New Intake Taster
10 June 2014



Alicia kitchen manager and Kim support manager, spent the evening discussing Caterlinks fresh approach to food, with the new parents at Hills Academy this week. The parents were treated to lasagne, quorn and lentil roast, garlic and herb bread, chocolate brownies and shortbread. All of which they said were delicious!
 
 

JoJoe Visits Shortstown Primary School
21 May 2014



JoJow Crow has a fun day at Shortstown Primary school today. He has jumped to the front of the line to enjoy the delicious roast gammon, roast potatoes and fresh vegetables, all freshly cooked by Sarah.
 
 

Recruitment Open Day
14 May 2014



We will be holding a recruitment open day on Tuesday 10th June 2014 between 9.30 a.m. & 3.30 p.m. At Caterlink Ltd, Room B15 & B16, Safestore Business Centre, Elstow Road, Bedford. MK 42 8PL. We have the following term time only vacancies: Kitchen Manager, General Kitchen Assistants, Cashiers, Mobile Kitchen Manager, Mobile General Kitchen Assistants, Various Casual positions. Caterlink is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure must be obtained for this role. Please contact the Bedford Office if you require any further details.
 
 

Focus on Food Event at Bedford Road Lower School
24 April 2014



The event was to demonstrate our food welfare commitment to our customers, with pupils, catering staff and teaching staff. We had a stunning fresh vegetable display from Pauleys. Nick was on hand to demonstrate bread and salad making.
 
 

Sally Fossey move from kitchen assistant to kitchen manager
07 April 2014



“It was a great move up to run this lovely school, with friendly helpful staff. I really enjoy this position and so glad I made the move up. Twelve months ago I didn’t think I would be doing it! Thanks to all at Bedford Caterlink who thought I could do it, and for having faith in me, oh yes and for all the training!! Sally Fossey It was clear when we met Sally, a general kitchen assistant, she has potential to progress. We approached Sally, she expressed interest in progressing her career and becoming a kitchen manager. Kim Upton our trainer set out a training plan for Sally and trained her in all aspects of running a kitchen, cooking skills and paperwork training. Kim regularly runs the ‘kitchen managers training School’ After Sally had completed her training a vacancy came up in one of our small schools which seemed perfect for Sally. Sally received further on job training from Kim while in another local school and ran the kitchen exceptionally well and got on well with the school working with them to increase the take up of school meals. Shortly after Sally applied and got the job to run a larger school kitchen. She received some further on job training from Kim and has fitted in well to the new kitchen and manages her 4 members of staff well. Sally is always willing to help out and most importantly produces excellent food. Headteacher Chris Tavener. " I am really pleased with the way that Sally has slotted straight in to the Kitchen Team here, the food is always to a high standard, she is always ready to help out and willing to try out new ways of doing things, the changes we have made for next Sept have been challenging, but great to work with someone who has a friendly flexible approach" Glenis Quinn from Bedford Borough Council “It has been heart-warming to observe someone progress from a general kitchen assistant to realise her potential and become an efficient kitchen manager. Sally has the acumen and enthusiasm to continue to be successful if and be a positive influence on those fortunate to work alongside her”
 
 

Pupils Enjoy Healthy Eating Assembly
07 February 2014



Children at St James Lower School were treated to a Healthy Eating Assembly by Nick Weight Senior Chef Trainer and Alison Jeffries Support Manager, the children were able to identify fruits and vegetables and understand the different food groups.
 
 

Bedford Schools Enjoy Chinese New Year Menu
04 February 2014



Most of the schools in the Borough, enjoyed a special Chinese Menu today to celebrate Chinese New Year.
 
 

Christmas Jumper Day
13 December 2013



The Bedford area team all joined in with ‘Save the Children’s Christmas jumper day. Pictured in their jumpers are from right to left: Alison Jeffries, Mandy Hill, Sandra Morgan and Mandy Fleming
 
 

JoJoe Crows Exciting Week
18 November 2013



JoJoe Crow recently had an exciting week in Bedford, visiting many of our schools. He is pictured here next to Renhold Pre Schools’ garden! A subject very close to JoJoe’s heart!
 
 

National School Meals Week
09 November 2013



Across the borough we celebrated national school meals week on 9th November. We offered all pupil meals for £1 on this day. JoJoe Crow and the Bedford Fruit and Vegetable gang spent lunchtime with the children at Oakley Lower School.
 
 

Daubeney Academy started term with a flourish
11 October 2013



Daubeney Academy started term with a flourish this year, they introduced two new services. A breakfast club with the support of the school which is proving very popular. Also in a bid to cut down queuing at lunch time the Caterlink team have brought in an additional service point in the dining hall at lunch time. As well as our ever popular traditional meal served from the kitchen the pupils now have the choice of grab and go hot and cold food from a separate counter in the hall.
 
 

Ursula Taylor Taster
10 October 2013



Alison Jeffries (Support Manager) and Nick Weight (Senior Chef Trainer) carried out a very successful taster at Ursula Taylor this week. Most parents/carers had a sample from the current menu when they collected their children from school. One parent commented “I wish school meals had been like this when I was at school”
 
 

Shortstown’s New School
24 September 2013



Sarah and Sally seen here serving the children from the brand new kitchen in the new Shortstown Primary School This is quite an experience for Sarah who cooked all the lunches in the old school from a regen oven, she will be lost in all the new equipment.
 
 

British Organic Milk in Bedford
19 September 2013



From this September we are enhancing our commitment by providing our school cooks with British Organic Milk to use in cooking in their primary school kitchens’. Naturally, I trust that our schools & pupils/parents see this positive benefit to our food sourcing.
 
 

Josie Farmer retires after 38 years
24 July 2013



Josie Farmer our kitchen manager from Wootton Lower School retires 24th July 2013. Josie has worked in school meals for the last 38 years, 24 of these at Wootton Lower. Josie has always gone the extra mile and her great food will be sadly missed. We all wish Josie the best in her retirement.
 
 

Teddy Bears Picnic
24 July 2013



The children at Scott Lower, thoroughly enjoyed their Teddy Bears Picnic theme day last week. They had a surprise visit from a giant Teddy Bear who served them their lunch.
 
 

Cookery Lessons are a great sucess at Renhold Lower School
01 April 2013



Mandy Hill support manager for Renhold Lower School in Bedford assisted Nick Weight with some cookery lesson for the pupils; they enjoyed making Bread and fruit salad, which generated excellent feedback from the pupils and teachers. Nick also carried out a demonstration assembly in the morning, where he discussed healthy food and the importance of eating healthily. The children really enjoyed interacting with Nick while he demonstrated making a pasta salad.
 
 

Taster Session at Hazledene Lower School
30 March 2013



Pictured here on a cold day at Hazledene Lower School, in Bedford. Alicia Hawkins Kitchen Manager and Andrea Mcgrellis cook, demonstrating a selection of hot food from our current menu. Senior Support Manager Mandy Fleming received very complimentary feedback from the parents, with many of them saying, “School meals are much better than we thought”. Nick Weight our Senior Chef Trainer, started the day with an assembly with all the pupils.
 
 

Ridgeway Special School
19 November 2012



Nick Weight our Chef trainer worked with three groups of children over the day all with special needs, but varying in abilities. Over the day Nick took the children through a sensory session. Where they gave the children a few different ingredients: Raw Bread Dough, a Crisp, some freshly Cooked Bread. The idea is to get the Children to be "Hands on" so they can feel different textures, also smell the flavours & describe them all. Nick promoted one of the children "pictured" to "Sous Chef" Nathan a very keen 8 year old who takes great pride in putting on his very own Chefs Hat & assisting Nick in the lessons. For the second group of children they encouraged the Children to look & smell the food, using Vanilla Pod, Fresh Lemon, Mint & Rosemary. With group three they talked about different vegetables & the ways cooking them changes there taste, the children then cut up some vegetables for Nick to cook them a stir-fry . Nick has been invited back for the children to cook for him.
 
 

WSH Foundation Donation
01 January 2012



Bedford Road Lower School, had a special visitor to officially open their school garden today, after receiving a cheque, to set up its own kitchen garden. The project will help educate pupils about the origins of fresh food and the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables. The donation from Caterlink’s charitable Foundation will go towards the construction of raised garden beds at the school. Bedford Road Lower School will be able to grow an array of fruit and vegetables and involve many more children, their parents and members of the local community in food related projects and learning. The kitchen garden will enhance the focus on fresh food already in place at the school through the work of Caterlink. Neil Fuller, Managing Director of Caterlink, said: “We are delighted to support Bedford Road Lower School through our Foundation’s Kitchen Garden project. By working closely with schools, we hope to have a positive impact in reinforcing the importance of fresh food and provenance to local children.” Lindsay Gould, Headteacher at Bedford Road Lower School, added: “At Bedford Road we believe that all children should understand where food comes from and have the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables and cook with locally produced ingredients. This donation from WSH Foundation will go a long way to ensuring we can achieve this.”
 
 

Kitchen Garden
01 September 2011



Sam Choo our on site chef manager has used old pots, pans, bins, mayonnaise tubs and branches from a cut down tree to grow a herb and vegetable garden outside the kitchen. It has been blessed by the local priest and visited by the pupils at Our Ladys. All the plants have been grown from cuttings or seed with no pesticides used. Sam uses the herbs to garnish and flavour his food and is extremely proud of his achievements. The school said "Sam is an asset to the school, we are extremely proud that he is our chef, the children love him."
 
 

 


 

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