Blog: Mince pie risk assessment

Catherine Sleep | 6 December 2006

And for the latest in our series of “You couldn’t make it up….” tales of local bureaucracy in overdrive, pray follow me to the Yorkshire Dales. The organisers of a village Christmas party made the mistake of requesting free use of a municipal car park, thereby unleashing a veritable maelstrom of health & safety requirements.

The cocoa content and temperature of the hot chocolate they plan to serve must be checked, and posters must be displayed to warn partygoers that mince pies contain nuts and suet pastry. The enlisted Santa will probably need a Criminal Records Bureau check and the brass band, too, will be subject to a risk assessment.

Unsurprisingly, the organisers are now looking to move the party to private land elsewhere in the village.

Meanwhile my son’s nursery held its Christmas fete last week and I am pleased to report that donations of home-baked cakes and buns were not merely tolerated, but actively solicited.

Check the chocolate, measure the mince


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