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Shrewsbury Depressed Cake Shop success as money raised for mental health

Shrewsbury’s Depressed Cake Shop proved to be a huge success as local cafes and bakers rose to the challenge and created delicious grey cakes to raise awareness of mental health and funds for Shropshire Mind (Reg. Charity No. 1003117).

The Depressed Cake Shop raised over £250 for local mental health charity, Shropshire Mind.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with Shropshire Mind, hosted the Depressed Cake Shop on Tuesday 10 October 2017 to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

Stop. Coffee Shop, Ginger & Co, O’Joy , CSons, Café on the Cop, Toot Sweets, Lemon Box Bakery via The Old Market Hall, The Gallery Tearooms, Ana Ribeiro and local food blogger Kath at The Ordinary Cook all made special bakes for the event – with a twist. All of the goodies on sale had an element of grey to signify the grey cloud that can descend over someone who is struggling with mental health issues.

The event was also supported by local eateries Plantkind and The Good Life.

Fay Bailey of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery said:

“Shrewsbury has a wealth of baking talent and we were blown away by the ingenuity bakers demonstrated making ‘depressed’ yet delicious grey cakes. They showed great generosity in helping us to raise over £250 for Shropshire Mind and to get people talking about mental health.”

Heather Ireland, Manager at Shropshire Mind said:

“Approximately one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. That is why we wanted to use World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of these issues here on our doorstep in Shropshire.”

The Depressed Cake Shop movement was started in London in 2013 as a unique way to raise awareness of mental health issues as well as raise money for mental health charities.

It has become an international phenomenon, with Depressed Cake Shops popping up across the world in the UK, USA, Malaysia, Australia, India – and now Shrewsbury.

The movement has raised more than £78,000 for mental health charities around the world.

The pop-up is part of a series of events aimed at welcoming new visitors to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

For further information please contact martha.mondon@shropshire.gov.uk

Depressed Cake Shop Pops Up in Shrewsbury

Local cafes and bakers have been challenged to create delicious grey cakes for an upcoming event, a Depressed Cake Shop, aiming to get people talking about mental health.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with Shropshire Mind, will be hosting a Depressed Cake Shop on Tuesday 10 October from 11am-2pm at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LH.An image of a grey cake with a multi-coloured inside with a banner at the top advertising the depress cake shop at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on Tuesday 10 October from 11am until 2pm.

The pop-up will take place on World Mental Health Day and will be raising funds for Shropshire Mind (Reg. Charity No. 1003117)

Many of Shrewsbury’s cafes and bakeries have volunteered to bake for the event – with one proviso – all of the baked goods on sale will have an element of grey to signify the grey cloud that can descend over someone who is struggling with mental health issues.

Stop. Coffee Shop, Ginger & Co and O’Joy are among the many bakers whose delicious and poignant treats will be on sale.

Everyone is welcome at the event.

Fay Bailey of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, said:

“Shrewsbury has a wealth of baking talent and we are very excited to see how that creativity will be put to use to make ‘depressed’ yet delicious grey cakes, while at the same time raising funds for Shropshire Mind and raising awareness of an increasingly important issue.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said:

“Museums are diverse places so it’s great that Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are working with local charities such as Shropshire Mind and local businesses to become even more inclusive to all, while at the same time raising awareness of an important and relevant subject through the Depressed Cake Shop.”

Heather Ireland, Manager at Shropshire Mind said:

“Approximately one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year.

That is why we want to use World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of these issues here on our doorstep in Shropshire.”

The Depressed Cake Shop movement was started in London in 2013 as a unique way to raise awareness of mental health issues as well as raise money for mental health charities.

It has become an international phenomenon, with Depressed Cake Shops popping up across the world in the UK, USA, Malaysia, Australia, India – and now Shrewsbury.

The movement has raised more than £78,000 for mental health charities around the world.

The pop-up is part of a series of events aimed at welcoming new visitors to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Mini Mammoths Parent and Baby/Toddler Group

Mini Mammoths has been running at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery since September 19th 2014, and is extremely popular.

Created for PRE-SCHOOL children (1-5), Mini Mammoths is on from 10.00am – 11.30am every Friday during term time.

Mini Mammoths, grows little minds and stimulate senses at our museum based parent and baby group. Enjoy a weekly themed session in the museum followed by free play and a mini informtion session for parents/carers in the museum education room. Session includes snacks for little ones and tea/coffee and biscuits for parents/carers.

£3.50 per child.

Contact museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk for further information and booking details or call 01743 258881 / 258888

An image of a toddler enjoying being creative with paint with the help of an adult during Mini Mammoths at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Toddler getting creative during Mini Mammoths

Grow little minds and develop creativity at our museum themed baby & toddler sessions.

Booking essential

A lovely comment form one of our happy parents:

‘I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much Harvey and I enjoy Mini Mammoths.  We have only moved to Shrewsbury in the last 6 months and, because Harvey struggles with big, loud playgroups, we have found it difficult at times to get out.  Mini Mammoths is wonderful, I am amazed that Harvey even participates in the craft activities now!  Harvey also loves to visit the museum during pre-school holidays, and I am sure this is because of how welcome he has been made to feel at mini mammoths. Thank you all for your hard work, the group is a highlight of our week’

An image of a toddler pointing at butterflies in the galleries at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Curious toddler in the Shropshire Gallery

An image of two toddlers in front on a painting at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery with cardboard binoculars

Children having fun in Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Mini Mammoths at the Museum

From September 19th 2014

Mini Mammoths at the Museum is for  PRE-SCHOOL children (age 1-5),  10.00am – 11.30am every Friday during term time – Grow little minds and stimulate senses at our museum based parent and baby group. Enjoy a weekly themed session in the museum followed by free play and a mini informtion session for parents/carers in the museum education room.  Session includes snacks for little ones and tea/coffee  for parents/carers.

£3.50 per child.

Contact museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk for further information and booking details. 01743 258881 / 258888

Food & Drink at stop. cafe

 

stop. cafe bar is one of the top cafe’s in Shrewsbury. Whether you’re having a catch-up with friends, taking a break from shopping or touring our galleries you will find that stop. cafe bar offers the perfect setting for a restful break in the heart of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

An image of stop. cafe in the heart of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. The cafe is very busy with a mix of young and old in what is a perfect cafe setting.

stop. cafe bar in the heart of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

stop. cafe bar offers a full savoury menu seven days a week alongside indulgent homemade cakes, great coffee and hot drinks and a range of local ales, wine and cider. You can choose from a host of delicious dishes, many using local produce and ingredients.

Try our Maynards Farm bacon sandwich, scrambled eggs or croissants in the morning. For lunch, there is always homemade soup, deli sandwiches and wraps – featuring Moydens Farm cheeses – Coopers Gourmet sausage rolls, or for something more spicy a bowl of homemade vegan daal. It’s always worth checking out our daily specials as well!

If you are planning to bring the children, stop. is particularly family friendly, with level access and plenty of room for pushchairs. Alongside the kids menu, we have baby changing facilities, lots of high chairs and toys and books to keep the children entertained.

The cafe bar, which also includes a large courtyard area for al fresco dining, is also available for private hire in the evenings. We have both alcohol and live music licenses and are able to offer party style catering to suit any occasion. For more information, email eventswithstop@gmail.com.

Check out what stop.cafe bar has to offer by watching this video!

If you’ve just popped in for a drink or a bite to eat, why not take a look around the Museum’s Roman Gallery, home to an array of interesting and significant objects… and it’s FREE to enter!

 

 

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