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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. 

www.luminarybakery.com/ambassadors

Posted 5th September 2019