The Nurture Group with Sue Lake, Giles Margarson and Mo Anderson Dungar
The Nurture Group with Sue Lake, Giles Margarson and Mo Anderson Dungar

From Snails to Pizzas

Aylsham High School’s Nurture Group had a great time making pizza this week as part of a visit from representatives of Aylsham’s Cittaslow Committee. Giles Margarson, chairman of the Committee, was accompanied by Mo Anderson-Dungar and Town Clerk Sue Lake, between them explaining what Cittaslow is all about and how it benefits the town.

Rather than just a talk, though, Giles, Mo and Sue used the pizzas as a metaphor for how the community comes together via Cittaslow: the pizza base represented Aylsham itself, the tomato paste the town’s infrastructure while the toppings are the local people.  Cittaslow’s emblem of a snail was also discussed with the youngsters learning that ‘Cittaslow’ translates as ‘Slow Town’ so the use of the snail emblem is particularly appropriate.

The local community and its infrastructure was further highlighted by a discussion on how money spent with local businesses in the town often stays in the town to support the local economy.


Commenting on the event , the High School’s Head of Nurture Danny Sweatman said, “What a fabulous afternoon! Thank you Giles, Mo and Sue for providing such an interesting talk pitched perfectly for our young people. They thoroughly enjoyed it and I know they will now be very keen to do what they can to support our community even further.”

Aylsham is currently one of only five towns in the UK which have met the strict entry criteria of the Cittaslow movement that internationally includes 147 towns in 24 countries. Cittaslow status is an accreditation that acknowledges the dedication and commitment of community members who work hard to make their part of the world a healthier, greener, happier, slower place to inhabit.

There’s more information at or locally contact Aylsham Town Clerk Sue Lake at  [email protected]


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