14 June 2021

Lockdown cookbook to be donated to time capsule

A copy of a cookbook produced during lockdown by St Fergus School is being donated to a time capsule.

Head teachers Avril Sutherland and Pauline Robertson developed the idea for the cookbook after a number of pupils enjoyed cooking and baking when learning at home during the first lockdown last year.

Recipes were submitted by staff across Aberdeenshire Council including Chief Executive Jim Savege and Director of Education and Children’s Services Laurence Findlay. The artistic cover was designed by P6 pupil Jace Milne. Proceeds from sales of the book totalling £770 were donated to the NHS.

The Evening Express and Press and Journal newspapers are joining forces with Aberdeenshire schools to work collaboratively on an exciting time capsule project. The initiative sees mementos and memories and experiences donated to a time capsule buried in Aberdeenshire, giving future generations an invaluable insight into life for children and young people during the Coronavirus pandemic. A copy of the Lockdown Cookbook will be donated to the time capsule.

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “It is lovely that children and young people in the future will see this cookbook created with care and love by pupils and teachers at St Fergus School. It is great too that staff across the council supported this worthwhile cause which raised money for our wonderful NHS.”

Committee vice chair Cllr Rosemary Bruce added: “It is fantastic to see the variety of creative pictures, books, poems and mementos being donated to this time capsule. I hope future generations see the warmth and generosity of people in Aberdeenshire during these unpredictable and challenging times.”