A BAKE off and an open day at the same venue in Oakworth helped further raise the profile of a valued village facility.

The event was jointly staged in Oakworth Village Hall on May 13 by Sewing Days Cafe and Oakworth Community Trust.

The bake off was in aid of the Stand Up to Cancer charity with residents donating their home baked goodies to be resold to raise money.

The community trust held its open day at the hall to bring people up to date with its progress and advertise what it can offer locals at the premises.

During the same day, members of Friends of Holden Park also ran an event where children painted rocks in the park.

Martin van der Boon, secretary of the community trust, explained: "We had planned an open day for the Sunday but when approached by Sewing Days Cafe, who were wanting to host the Stand up to Cancer Bake Off, we thought it’d be a great idea to combine these events.

"The bake off featured a number of categories including cakes, bakes and savouries, and there were also categories for children to enter.

"Judging on the day was done by Oakworth Councillor Luke Maunsell and Ruth Payne from the Oakworth Community Trust. The event raised well over £500.

"The open day was also a great success, with many people coming and having a look around the hall and hearing about our plans for its future.

"We put together a timeline of how far we’d come since the trust was formed early last year.

"We dressed the rooms to show how they can look for either a formal occasion or for a kid's birthday party and we had a number of people volunteering to help out at the trust's future events.

"We also took the opportunity to publicise our upcoming events, including the Great Get Together on Sunday June 24 and the return of the Oakworth Village Show on Sunday July 22.

Cllr Maunsell, a town councillor on Oakworth ward and also a trustee on Oakworth Community Trust, said: "It was great to be a part of another fantastic event in Oakworth and, most importantly, to help raise money to support those with cancer.

"I, like so many others, have lost relatives to this horrendous disease and am delighted that local people were so generous and backed this wonderful cause."

*Bake off competition winners: Cakes - Lemon drizzle by Karen Feather. Adult cupcakes - Gingerbread by Donna Bibrough. Adult tray bake - Lemon drizzle by Eva Phillips. Gluten free - Sweet potato and leek quiche by Maxine Wright. Quiche - Cheese and bacon by K Laycock. Sausage roll – Marmite and cheese by Rebecca Spicer. Children's cakes - Chocolate cake by Hannah Dowling. Children's cupcake - Vanilla by Anne Hardman.