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Momentous summer for local bakery

It has been quite a summer for Stoke Newington’s Luminary Bakery which, in the space of a month, appeared in Vogue and baked Meghan Markle’s birthday cake.

The bakery on Allen Road runs as a social enterprise, helping women who have experienced tough times build a better life and aiming to break the cycle of poverty, violence and disadvantage.

When the Duchess of Sussex was asked to guest edit the September Vogue, which was a special Forces of Change edition, she insisted on including Luminary.

In a handwritten note to the business, she wrote: “The work you do, what you represent to the community, the spirit of the women there – you all embody what it means to be ‘forces for change.”

Luminary uses baking as a tool to give women transferrable business kills for the working word and offers courses, work experience and paid employment.

Their six-month training programme has transformed the lives of over 56 women – among them victims of domestic violence, sex-trafficking, the homeless and those who have been in prison.

In a recent blog about the social enterprise, their Employability Tutor Ruth Le Friec said part of their vision is: “to help a woman reopen a door that has been closed and reclaim hope.”

The bakery, which is gaining independent charity status, is opening a second location in Camden in the Autumn and is launching a cookbook next year.

Luminary has a café and cake shop on Allen Road and supplies wholesale baked goods to businesses across London. Their ambassadors include Great British Bake Off’s 2016 quarter finalist Benjamina Ebuehi. 


Posted 5th September 2019