Fire struck Magdalen College School on Tuesday evening requiring a full evacuation of adjacent St Hilda’s college. Flames risked spreading from the sports building at Magdalen College school to the Christina Barratt building at Hilda’s next door.Cherwell understands the fire started at around 7.30 PM in Magdalen school though the cause has yet to be determined. Fire engines were quick to arrive at the scene, one arriving within 15 minutes and another three inside the hour. A strong police presence soon arrived as hundreds of passers-by gathered to photograph the blaze. A police helicopter was also seen circling overhead. By 9.30 twelve fire engines had arrived on the scene. As fire alarms sounded across Hilda’s college, students streamed out onto the Cowley round-about and surrounding streets. Students returning to college found the lodge shut and the area cordoned off. Parts of Iffley road have also been shut-off.Fire crews were seen entering the college with chainsaws and heavy hose equipment whilst two large pumps and a hydraulic platform were erected outside the blazing building. Cherwell understands water was pumped from the Cherwell river by over sixty fire fighters from the Oxfordshire Fire Brigade.The Thames Valley Police and the Oxfordshire Fire Brigade could not be reached for comment. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%12007%%[/mm-hide-text]
Country Choice has launched a new mini Cheese & Onion Roll, following the success of its mini sausage roll and mini pasty.The company suggests that retailers bake-off the pastries as normal, allow them to cool, then bag, label and display in the specially created countertop display unit. Shelf-life is 12 hours to maintain availability throughout the day.Country Choice adds that because the products are served ambient there is no VAT to pay which means retailers can offer their customers real value for money. The recommended retail price is £1 for three mini savoury rolls or two mini pasties. The new mini savouries have been specially developed to be eaten hot or cold. Products come with a free marketing package including an easy-to-erect display unit, shelf-talkers and £1 product labels.The firm has also added a family-sized Bramley Apple Pie to its offering, featuring a sweet shortcrust pastry case and caster sugar topping. It bakes in 30 minutes and has a four-day shelf life.