Welcome back Issy!
Superstar baker leads residents in the celebration of an important time in Malmesbury's history
Athelstan House is truly an important part of the vibrant, historic and beautiful market town community in Malmesbury.
And last week, there were at least two very important reasons for the celebratory atmosphere in the home.
First of all, everyone welcomed back superstar volunteer Issy after her recovery from an accident and in her inimitable style, she was straight back to baking duties to help celebrate another important event special indeed to Malmesbury.
Issy made traditional Cattern biscuits to celebrate St Catherine's Day; during the medieval period, Saint Catherine's Day marked the beginning of Advent in England.
Moreover, Catterntide was also celebrated by lacemakers and of course, this has a special significance to Malmesbury as the town's lace was renowned nationwide for its quality and unique characteristics.
Malmesbury lace was once a thriving cottage industry and the town was home to 300 lacemakers in 1800.
Thanks Issy for making your delicious biscuits to celebrate this special event marking an important time in Malmesbury's history - and it's so good to have you back!