Hundreds of schoolchildren have been enjoying festive baking this week using cookie kits donated by us to spread some Christmas magic to youngsters across the region. 

The Christmas community kits have been warmly welcomed by 600 children in 15 infant, primary and special education needs schools across Sheffield, Chesterfield, Ripley and surrounding villages, as well as one care home. 

Julie Shimwell, teacher at Intake Primary School in Sheffield, said: “It was a lovely surprise to receive the kits from Chatsworth. The children have absolutely loved making the cookies, decorating them and most importantly eating them!”

The kits include everything needed to make around 60 gingerbread cookies. Each kit included ingredients from Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop, baking trays, icing bags, sprinkles and decorations plus cookie cutters in the shape of Chatsworth House as well as stars and Christmas trees.

Tina Carter, landscape engagement facilitator, said: “The aim of these kits is to bring a little bit of Chatsworth Christmas magic to the children. Through donating these festive activity kits, we hope to build positive relationships and continue to work with these school pupils in the future, as we aim to positively engage with every child in the local and surrounding areas through a mix of visits and outreach activities. We’ve had some lovely feedback and pictures from the schools already.”

Curbar Primary School, Hope Valley, was also invited to Chatsworth to make reindeer truffles after writing heart-warming letters to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire asking for help in attracting wildlife to their school garden.

Young children from the Curbar primary Year 1 and 2 classes came to the Stickyard, the outdoor education space, to create the reindeer truffles made out of seeds, nuts and fruit and with the addition of pretzels for antlers, to put out to help wildlife in their school garden through the winter months. 

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