‘MY LIFE IN THE PALACE KITCHENS’ – Guest Speaker: COLIN ALDERSON,  Former Pastry Chef to the Queen. Thursday 31st January 2019 at 7.30pm, Rawdon Library

COLIN ALDERSON,  Former Pastry Chef to the Queen


 7:30 pm: Thursday 31st January, 7.30pm at   Rawdon Community Library

 Join Colin as he reminisces about his travels with the Queen and the meals he has prepared for her at Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Sandringham, Balmoral and on the Royal Yacht.

This is a fascinating presentation and the audiences simply won’t want Colin Alderson to stop. Hear about the preparation it takes to get ready for a State Banquet, making 2,000 canapés and 4,000 lobster tartlets and many more intriguing stories of life in the palace kitchens

Colin Alderson who was the Queen’s official pastry chef for five years has cooked for many a royal occasion from banquets and parties for hundreds of people, to simple breakfasts for Queen Elizabeth 2nd herself. He has also seen how Christmas happens in the royal household, including Windsor House, Sandringham Palace and on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.

   Admission:   ACS Members Free,   Non-members £4.00

     (N.B. Join on night: £10 for 6 talks in 2019)


A New Family History Course begins on Thursday 31st January 2019 at Rawdon Community Library at 1.45pm.

The course is suitable for those researching or wanting to research their family history. This is a great opportunity to find out about your ancestors and local history.
The ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ television series has shown what it is possible to find out about our ancestors.

The course will use a variety of sources to research the lives of the people, including the Census returns, military records, shipping lists, trade directories and many more. Also the ‘Find My Past’ website and the British Newspaper Archive, both of which are free to use at Rawdon Community Library.

5 week course starts on Thursday 31st January: Cost £35.

The Workers’ Educational Association will be running the course and the tutor is Jackie Depelle. It is being promoted by Aireborough Civic Society and the Rawdon Community Library.

If you wish to join the course go to this link or turn up at the first session.
WEA Enrolment Link:
Or telephone WEA Leeds Area Office: Tel. 0113 245 3304

Or for further information tel: 0113 2503580

To help with individual research Rawdon Library has a subscription to the ‘Find My Past’ & ‘British Newspaper Archive’ websites. This means that course members and other library users can research old censuses, birth, death & marriage certificates for free at the library during opening hours. You may find that your ancestors have appeared in newspapers using the online British Newspaper Archive.
The Wharfedale Observer has recently been added to the Newspaper Archive so that local news from Victorian Times is now available to all.