Goodbye Kevin…Village Bakers have a new Chair

Goodbye Kevin…Village Bakers have a new Chair

Photo : Kevin (left), new Chair James (centre) and Steve Brooks at our Inclusive Networks Awards 2015. The network was named our Highly Commended ‘Social Network of the Year’

Kevin Sargent has led Manchester based social network Village Bakers since it launched four years ago. We were sad to hear the news that he’s stepped down as Chair of the network, passing the baton to one of their awesome founding members James Maynard.

The election for the new Chair took place at their latest social, that also incorporated their AGM, at the Molly House in Manchester.

In his goodbye message to members of Village Bakers, Kevin said :

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Village Bakers over the past four years. It has been great to see the group go from strength to strength and become an award-winning social group. It has been amazing seeing friendships formed, relationships started and a few marriages along the way. I would like to wish James Maynard all the very best for the future and I’m looking forward to seeing the group become stronger and even more fabulous. Village Bakers is a family.”

“It has been amazing seeing friendships formed, relationships started and a few marriages along the way.”

Thomas Anderson, Founder of Inclusive Networks, said :

“I attended a number of the very first Village Bakers social events and Kevin’s enthusiasm and drive to make the network a huge success and a welcoming place for everyone was clear to see. I didn’t quite become a master baker, but my Betty Crocker cupcakes seemed to go down well. The network has gone from strength to strength under his leadership and with the amazing support of the wider Village Bakers team. Well done to Kevin for founding the network and for his colourful vision that has embedded Village Bakers in the Manchester Gay Village. I wish James and the new committee great success for the future.”

Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, the network was formed in November 2012 by a group of friends who met and shared homemade cake and lots of glasses of wine. Their motto is Bake it! Bring it! Share it! They meet on the second Sunday of every month. The network is a fully inclusive network and all members of the community and supporters are welcome at their social events. The group isn’t just about eating cake. They work with charities including Manchester Pride and George House Trust to raise funds and awareness amongst their members and the wider community. An event highlight is their annual Great Village Bake Off and Manchester Pride parade entry.

The network was named the Highly Commended ‘Social Network of the Year’ at our Inclusive Networks Awards 2015.


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About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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