Book preserves jam recipes

A passion for preserves: Midge Thomas will be promoting the re-release of her book this month
A passion for preserves: Midge Thomas will be promoting the re-release of her book this month

A PASSION for preserves has seen a Moortown woman go into print – for the second time.

Midge Thomas will be promoting the republished Women’s Institute home-made jams and chutneys book at a variety of venues, starting this Saturday, March 3, at Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre.

The original book sold more than 100,000 copies and, with continued interest in these traditional skills, a revised edition of the book has now been published for the WI.

“The original book had a very tight schedule and I couldn’t have done it without help from all my friends across the UK,” said Midge.

Using her many contacts made through the WI Market, Midge sent a round robin out requesting traditional, handed down and other favourite recipes.

The first book contained the personal stories behind these recipes, sadly not available in this new slimmed down edition.

Midge is well known in WI circles and beyond, having been the voice of the WI on BBC Radio Lincolnshire for a number of years.

She is a keen advocate of the WI and always says it has opened many doors to her.

And no door was bigger than that of Buckingham Palace, which she went through not once, but twice.

During her time as national chairman of WI Markets, now Country Markets, Midge visited Buckingham Palace to present the Queen Mother with a hamper of market produce on her 90th birthday and again on the 75th anniversary of WI Markets to present a similar hamper to the Queen.

Midge will be at Caistor Heritage Centre this Saturday from 11am to 1pm signing her book.

She will also be giving a talk and signing at Keelby Library on March 21, 6pm to 7pm, Market Rasen Library on March 23, 2pm to 3pm, and Welton Library on March 24, 2pm to 3pm.

The book will be on offer at the discounted price of £6.99 at all these events.