Veteran bakers make a deal

Owner Gary James Jefferson, centre, takes delivery of his first batch of breads from veterans Charlie Campbell, left, and Dave Roberts.
Owner Gary James Jefferson, centre, takes delivery of his first batch of breads from veterans Charlie Campbell, left, and Dave Roberts.

the Veterans’ Artisan Bakery, set up to help army veterans find a new career, has expanding beyond its military heartland and into the wider commercial marketplace.

Since the end of April people have been able to buy veterans’ bread from Jefferson’s of Richmond.

The Veterans’ Artisan Bakery is manned by former members of the Armed Forces. Since it opened in January, the bakery, based at The Beacon, Marne Road, next to Catterick Garrison, and is run by Darlington-based Clervaux Trust, has developed a reputation for producing quality breads, and training to its staff.

Jefferson’s partner Gary James Jefferson said: “Since we opened last year we have had many customers asking us to stock quality breads. We’ve tried lots of samples but when we tried those from the Veterans’ Artisan Bakery it was no contest. Their breads are just so tasty.

“We all want to do what we can to help ex-servicemen re-integrate into society after their service in places like Afghanistan. ”

Rick McCordall, Commercial Manager for the Clervaux Trust said: “This is the first time we have expanded beyond the confines of our Catterick base.

“We see partnerships with businesses like Jefferson’s as the ideal way to make breads available to the public whilst at the same time allowing us to continue to help those who have risked everything in the service of their country.”