Somerville Ghana Library Project (and a scone recipe)

#Update: We have come to the end of the crowdfunding and we reached our target of £9k in three weeks! Thanks to everyone who kindly donated towards the project; this is amazing news because it means the library will definitely be built and Molly’s library can carry on!
For anyone who would still like to donate, our crowdfunding page is close but you can do it via the Somerville college’s website: by selecting “The Annual Fund” in the “designation” section under the “amount” box. If you could inform the treasury in the “comment” box that it is a donation towards the Ghana Library project then they will take care of transferring your donation towards the project.

Hello! If you know be by now, you’ll know I will use any excuse to do some baking… Which is not always great diet wise, but when the excuse is an amazing cause, such as raising money to build a library in Cape Coast, who cares about having a bikini body? A couple of weeks ago, I organised a bake sale to kick start the crowdfunding of the biggest charity project of my college: building a library for children in Ghana. thumb_IMG_4247_1024

We’ve had Molly’s library, for over ten years now; students from my college have been going every summer to assist the project. However we have had to change grounds and are therefore in need to build a new one. This is an amazing project as it values the importance of literacy in a country where children do not all have the chance to be rocked by the reading of great books from children stories to the classics we have grow with like Harry Potter, Narnia and other fairy tales which have nourished our imagination.

On top of that, building the library would lead to its permanence and thus the project and any addition anyone would want to bring to it could only be improvements. This is why we are calling for any donation, big or small, to contribute to the perpetuity of Molly’s library and for this project to only grow stronger. We now have 2 weeks left to reach £6,000; we need to reach this minimum in order to receive anyone’s pledges so please helps us!

Here are the links:

Crowdfunding page (donate donate donate! and thank you!!)

Facebook page



I’ll add below the recipe for the ham and cheese scones we sold at the bake sale which successfully raised £150! thumb_IMG_4253_1024 If you’ve never heard of ham and cheese scones, I seriously don’t know what you’ve eaten for picnics your whole life… There the perfect combination of a ham and cheese sandwich, and a savoury scone in a couple of bites, and they are super easy to make. thumb_IMG_4251_1024 This recipe makes about 10 (depending on the size of your scones) The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g butter, diced and really cold
  • 100g chunk of mature cheddar cheese
  • 100g pack of sliced cooked ham
  • 120ml full-fat milk
  • 1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 200C. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Dice the cheese and ham into small pieces, then add to the mix. Pour the milk slowly as you mix, until you have a dough. Don’t over work it! Roll it out on a floured surface to a thickness of 3cm. Cut out circles, 5cm across (or more of less, depending on what you like) and arrange on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Brush the top of the scones (not the sides) with the beaten egg (or some more milk) and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped underneath. Bring those to any picnic and you will be loved! And thank you for donation! xx