Breda’s Ingredients for Fundraising

A wonderful evening of cookery demonstrations by North West chef Breda Murphy has “whisked up” fundraising for Whalley’s RC English Martyrs Church restoration appeal. The event – held at Oakhill College, Whalley – attracted parish members, Oakhill parents and general food lovers of all ages, to watch one of the region’s top chefs, Breda Murphy, and her team prepare food with a theme of ‘Easy Entertaining’.

Anyone who missed the demonstration by Breda – who owns a restaurant in Whalley – can still get a “taste” thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

English Martyrs’ Parish Priest, Father Philip Price, said: “A wonderful evening was had by all and what an imaginative and inspiring demonstration, resulting in over £3,000 being raised through tickets and a raffle. It was an evening to remember and all those who supported the event so generously may feel a real sense of belonging.”

A short video has been made which can be viewed at showing the chefs at work!

Breda said “It was a pleasure to be able to help the church by doing something I love. It was also rewarding that it brought so many people of varied ages and backgrounds together to learn about preparing good food”.

The Breda Murphy evening is just one of a series of events to raise money towards the refurbishment of the English Martyrs Church in Whalley and further donations are welcome. Parishioners are currently sharing the St Mary & All Saints CE Church in Whalley, while extensive work continues on English Martyrs. A blog at is being developed for the church which will document and inform parishioners of progress of the restoration and news of forthcoming events.


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2 Responses to Breda’s Ingredients for Fundraising

  1. Denis Cassidy says:

    Watching cooking for a good night out? Really?
    This Demonstration had all the ingredients of a stage drama – a prologue, a narrative development and a satisfying denouement in three acts, starter mains and sweet, spiced with a hint of spontaneous humour. It was a high-risk strategy for the players, as all acting is, but here was the added tension of of the delicious and ever-present chance of everything going up in smoke! Yes really, two hours of delightful entertainment, to say nothing of the highly skilled, informative and often charming presentation.
    Thank you to Breda and the team from a parishioner and I’m sure 200 others in the audience for an entertaining evening and for your generosity in giving such significant support to our fundraising.

  2. "King and Queen of Raffle" says:

    Great job Guy…… Bringing EM. Into the 21st century! Great article about the fundraising too!

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