GBBO favourite is bringing her Yorkshire Tea bread to Green Hammerton
Val, who will be baking in Redrow’s show home kitchen with fellow GBBO contestant Louise Williams, on Saturday, February 10, was born in Mexborough, South Yorkshire and lived in Conisbrough before leaving Yorkshire to undertake teacher training.
Her first teaching post was in Driffield, then Sheffield, later moving to Richmond, North Yorkshire, where she taught for several years.
“For three years I lived in Darlington in County Durham and it was in these years that I had my two children. However, I refused to have them in Darlington Hospital; instead booking the births over the border in Catterick Military Hospital so on my children’s birth certificates it says ‘Place of birth Richmond, North Yorkshire’!” said Val.
“We left Yorkshire in 1982 to live in Somerset but continue to visit family here and we holiday regularly in Yorkshire. I miss the moors and hope that soon we will be returning to live in this part of the world.”
For now though she must content herself with the opportunity to share first hand her love of baking with fellow Yorkshire country men and women.
Retired primary school head teacher Val won the hearts of GBBO viewers with her bake-aerobics, optimistic outlook and stories about her family in the seventh series of the Great British Bake Off in 2016 – and made a guest appearance in Channel 4’s 2017 Christmas special.
Making it through to pastry week in series seven, Val got top marks from the judges for her classic bakes and came out on top in the tricky Dampfnudel technical. Her tear-jerking speech on departure after five weeks - “Whatever I bake, I stir love into it” - was voted by RadioTimes.com readers as the best Bake Off moment of all time.
On Saturday February 10, she’ll be teaming up with Louise Williams to make sweet and savoury crepes and a host of other dishes in the kitchen of Redrow’s new Bramham show home at Churchfields.
Patsy Aicken, Redrow’s sales director in Yorkshire, said: “We can’t wait to meet Val and Louise and can’t think of a better way to celebrate the opening of our two new show homes.”
Val and Louise will be baking in the Bramham’s kitchen between 11am and 3pm.
Visit www.redrow.co.uk/churchfields or call 01423 586905 for more information about Redrow’s three and four-bedroom homes, currently priced from £409,950 for a three-bedroom detached.
Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building over 5,400 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2017, the Group reported record revenues of £1.65 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.