The bakehouse - bringing bread, bikes and bods together

Cragg Vale

Please help us to deliver our Real Bread to our local community. Our cooperative bakery relies on pedal power to distribute bread and we really need your help to improve our delivery bike. Thanks!

Who are we?

We are a Workers’ Co-op pedalling the first community bakery in the Upper Calder valley, the bakehouse. We bake better bred bread - Real Bread as defined by the Real Bread movement (slowly fermented, organic, locally sourced ingredients, additive and enzyme free). Within our enterprise we have qualified and experienced bakers and other workers all committed to community supported baking.

There's currently 6 of us in the bakehouse Co-op- Kirsty McCaskill, Chris Greaves, Claire Hendrith, Pete Murray, Clare McGuire and Gill Dickson - all committed to supporting the local food economy, using sustainable means and community networks to distribute our bread.

We came together with a shared vision to reignite the dwindling art of breadmaking and to share and promote our passion for real bread - locally sourced, organic ingredients, handmade and slowly fermented. Our bread is refreshingly different from bread stocked by supermarkets, who often don't give thought to the food miles, packaging and unnecessary ingredients in their produce.

We'll be distributing our bread through community bread hubs - local schools, pubs, shops, community centres. These will be places where we drop off pre-ordered loaves for people to collect  That way, we bake and deliver to order.

What do we want to do?

We're also passionate about the way in which we make our bread available throughout our community. We want to minimise our carbon footprint, not only in the way we produce our bread but also the way we deliver it.  

So this is where the power assisted cargo bike comes in. We've recently ordered a cargo bike as our delivery and sales vechicle. It'll help us distribute Real Bread and other delicious baked delights throughout the communities in and around Hebden Bridge, Calderdale. We need a super-duper power assisted pedal bike to help us get up the steep valley sides!

Loafie, our bread bod, (as featured in our video) has been checking out local cycle routes and delivery points in and around Hebden Bridge (even though loaves of bread don't have feet!) and  is as keen as we are to use pedal power. It's green, allows us to be more interactive with our customers, as well as keeping us fit and healthy!

Our cargo bike will also be a mobile point of sale - a roaming market stall! We'll be able to set up in the likes of Heptonstall, Cragg Vale, Midgley, Slack Bottom and Luddenden Foot.

'But doesn't it rain a lot in that part of the world?' we hear you ask. Yes it does, but our cargo bike will be custom built for the Yorkshire weather- fully waterproof  with lights. 'And will it get up those very steep hills laden with bread?'. That's where people power and the power assist come in - combining fitness with the very latest gear and battery technology encompassed by a lightweight frame!

What do we want funding for?

So our cargo bike should be here any day now. BUT we need to bespoke it, to transform it into an eye catching mobile point of sale - a cargo box tailor made to transport fresh bread and to magically change into a mobile market stall! Something that's unique and reflects the quality of our bread. It needs to be collapsible, allowing the stall to fold away when not in use. So a well designed, hand crafted branded cargo box is what we need. We want to raise £2,000 to help us achieve our goal.

We've got some delicious delights for anyone willing to support us. Our rewards include bread (both standard and speciality loaves such as Olive bread, Honey & Lavender bread, local Real Ale bread [ale from Little Valley Brewery up the road] and Chocolate & Currant Sourdough. We're also offering yummy cupcakes such as Rasberry & Tiramasu vegan cupcakes and unique Le Tour 2014 bread items in celebration of the passing Tour de France in July 2014. For those of you who live further a field, we've a range of rewards we can post out such as bakehouse biscuits and croutons. We're happy for any of our supporters to visit us at Top Land - we're offering a whole day bakehouse experience too as one of our rewards. So if you want to be part of our exciting journey, and sample some of our delicious product range along the way, you know where to click! 

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