Bakers and Larners Supports the Launch of the Holt Doomsday Stone

Bakers and Larners is proud to have contributed a donation towards the soon to be unveiled Holt Doomsday Stone, created by local Stone Carver and Letterer, Taucer Wilson.

The free-standing monument represents one in a series of pieces by Taucer Wilson, which incorporates similar installations in Blakeney and Cley. Forming part of the ‘Doomsday Project’, each stone depicts an extract from the Doomsday book, the ‘Great Survey’ of 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror.

The Doomsday Book survives as the earliest known public record of England’s land and resources, and in the case of Holt it took note of the land, livestock and trade in the town during the 11th century. An extract from the Holt inscription outlines: “11 ploughs belonging to the men, woodland for 50 pigs, 6 acres of meadow and 5 mills. Always 1 horse, 1 market, 1 park”.

Funded by members of The Holt Society and other friends of the town, the Holt Doomsday Stone is set to be revealed to the town in a September ceremony at the town’s Methodist Memorial Garden — the location whereby the stone is to be installed and situated. “Holt was an important market town and a royal manor at the time of William the Conquer. Today, through its beauty and its history, the stone will be a valuable addition to the town,” commented Holt Society Chair, Steve Benson.




Bakers and Larners of Holt Makes It Into the ‘Oscars for the Housewares Industry’ for Second Consecutive Year

Bakers and Larners of Holt is proud to be nominated as one of the UK’s best retailers for products for the kitchen, table and home, having reached the finals of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2016.

We are delighted to announce our nomination within the categories of ‘Best Independent Department Store’ and ‘Retail Employee of the Year’ at the 2016 award ceremony. The store will go head-to-head with Jarrold of Norwich within its categories, in a line-up that includes John Lewis, Lakeland and Amazon amongst an impressive list of finalists.

Having been crowned ‘Best Independent Department Store’ at the 2015 event, we hope to go one step further this year by also achieving the ‘Retail Employee of the Year’ award for our Cookshop Head of Department, Maureen Hooker.

Maureen joined the Bakers and Larners team 22 years ago. Rising through the company and excelling in each of her successive roles, Maureen has run our renowned Cookshop department for over 15 years — an area of the shop floor that has quadrupled in size over the course of her management. In addition to last year’s success at the Excellence in Housewares awards, the fruits of Maureen’s efforts have recently been demonstrated by her ‘Best Buyer Manager’ award at the Association of Independent Stores (AIS) in 2014 and her department’s ‘Britain’s Best Independent Department Store’ award at the 2016 Housewares Innovation Awards.

Now in its 17th year, the Excellence in Housewares Awards are organised by Progressive Housewares magazine, in conjunction with the Cookshop and Housewares Association. The Awards recognise and reward the UK’s top housewares retailers as well as the best new housewares products.

Winners are to be announced at an awards night in London on 5th October 2016.

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C T Baker Group Presents its 2015 Charity Funds to Local Causes

charityC T Baker Group was pleased to present a combined total of £9513.68 to its nominated charities of 2015, which it welcomed to Holt on the 11th February 2016. Cheques were presented by Managing Director Michael Baker, Director Jane Gurney-Read and C T Baker Budgens Holt Managers, Sandra Taylor-Meeds and Beverley Thirtle. 

The team at Bakers and Larners had selected the Holt RNLI’s Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal as its charity of the year for 2015. Receiving the raised amount on the appeal’s behalf was Mr Roger Gosney, who was presented with a cheque for £2,698.67. 

Also attending the presentation was Sue Wright, North Norfolk Branch Treasurer of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, receiving a cheque for £1,536.76. The funds donated to this cause consisted of the total 2015 proceeds from Bakers and Larners’ and Budgens Holt and Aylsham’s 2p carrier bag charges. Since launching its carrier bag scheme in 2008, over £30,000 has been raised by these C T Baker Group businesses, with all monies going to local charities. 

Presented with a cheque for £5,278.24 was Pat Cox from Dogs for Good — C T Baker Budgens of Holt’s 2015 charity. Dogs for Good is an innovative charity, exploring ways dogs can help people overcome specific challenges and enrich and improve lives and communities. 

“This presentation is a key example of a local business committing its time and effort to support worthy local causes,” commented Managing Director, Michael Baker. “C T Baker Group and its ambitious staff have worked tirelessly over the past year to raise these charity totals and it is my full hope that our combined efforts will continue to make a change for good in our region.”



Britain’s Best Independent Department Store at the 2016 Housewares Innovation Awards

best indeBakers and Larners of Holt is proud to announce its recognition as Britain's Best Independent Department Store at the 2016 Housewares Innovation Awards. 

Taking place on the 8th February, during the 2016 Spring & Autumn Fair at the NEC, Birmingham, the store came up against strong competition from Barretts of St Neots, Creaseys of Guernsey, H & J Cutlack of Ely and Morleys Stores, Greater London. 

The event was organised by Datateam Business Media Group, the publisher of Housewares Magazine and digital partner This year saw it working with Spring Fair to bring the Housewares Innovation Awards to Birmingham for the first time. Nearly 400 members of the trade descended upon the Vox Conference Centre to celebrate excellence in the housewares sector. 

The judges decided unanimously that the award for Britain’s Best Independent Department Store should go to Bakers and Larners. They said: “It's always moving forward, with fantastic displays, a wonderful ethic and great staff – one of the best buyers in the business.” 

Congratulations to all our staff for their hard work and dedication in the lead up to this award and a heartfelt thank you to our customers.


Bakers & Larners of Holt 10k Race 2015 

10 k run webWe would like to give our sincerest thank you to all competitors that participated at this year’s Bakers & Larners of Holt 10k race. Taking place on Sunday, 25th October, the event represented the final race in the Leathes Prior Series.

Presented by North Norfolk Beach Runners and hosted by Gresham's School, the race featured brand new digital timing equipment, measuring the precise timings of each and every one of the 353 runners that took part.

"This year's race saw a record turnout. It was a truly fantastic day, one that Bakers and Larners of Holt is proud to be associated with," commented Mr Michael Baker, Managing Director of Bakers and Larners of Holt, who was also on hand to present the awards at the race's results ceremony.


We would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Bakers and Larners' food hall Manager Anthony Cude for participating and finishing 35th overall.


Bakers and Larners voted Best Independent Department Store at the Excellence in Housewares Award 2015 

housewares webBakers and Larners’ is delighted to have been voted Best Independent Department Store at the Excellence in Housewares Award 2015. The store came up against some strong competition from around the UK including Harrods of London and Creasey’s Department Store in Guernsey. The judges were looking at Department stores who excelled in areas across the full retail spectrum including product range, customer service, product knowledge and visual merchandising.


Excellence in Housewares Awards now in its 16th year are organised by Progressive Housewares magazine in conjunction with the Cookshop and Housewares Association. The awards recognise the very best in housewares retailers from right across retail as well as the best new products for the kitchen and table, in addition to top housewares suppliers. They are widely recognised as the ‘Oscars’ for the housewares industry.

Michael Baker commenting on the award said he was enormously proud of Maureen Hooker, Head of Department and the Team at Bakers and Larners who had been recognised with this award. He added they all work tirelessly to offer products our customers will find useful and appealing displayed in an environment which is welcoming and friendly, provided by a team with first class product knowledge.


Holt Salutes the Forties 2015

forties weekend webOn the 19th and 20th of September, the community of Holt saluted the 1940’s weekend. The family fun day, organised by the Holt Town Council was a huge success and enjoyed by all. 

Many of the visitors to Holt used their ration book trail to discover all the shops that the town has to offer, and a number of visitors remained the following week to peruse the shops at a more leisurely pace. The three lucky winners of the trail competition have already received their gift vouchers to spend in Holt. 

Gresham’s School provided free car parking throughout the weekend and the Scouts were on hand to collect donations towards the Walking with the Wounded charity — which the shops and premises in Holt supported during the weekend. 

Members of Bakers and Larners staff got into the spirit of the forties by dressing in period costume, decorating the store in a wartime fashion and staging a host of in-store charity fundraising events. 

A huge thank you from the organising Committee goes to all who got behind the weekend and made it the success that it was. With 2015 being the first year of Holt’s 1940s celebrations, the team would like to raise a salute to all those involved, and looks forward to further success and celebration at next year’s event, scheduled for 17-18 September 2016. 

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Eastern Daily PrEDP Awardess Food and Drink Awards 2014 - The Pride Of Norfolk Award 

We did it! Our exceptionally stocked Foodhall has been named as the winner of The Pride Of Norfolk Award 2014. This award aims to highlight the product or brand which is best demonstrating the excellence of Norfolk food and drink production to the UK or even further afield and instill a real sense of pride in the county.

Well done to everyone involved!







Mr Baker 40 Years Service

March 2014 - Mr Baker 40 Years Service as Managing Director

The team at C T Baker Group were delighted to surprise Michael Baker this morning when he arrived unsuspectingly into work. The aim was to acknowledge and thank him for his 40 years service as Managing Director.

Since his time as MD the business has changed out of all recognition - when he first started there was no Larners food hall, no Budgens, no separate Builders’ Merchant division, no furniture or home furnishing store or indeed an office. The company employed a total of 15 people, and was faced with electricity for only three days a week, inflation of 26% and a bank base rate of 15.5%. Fast forward to today the Group employs 290 members of staff across the three distinct businesses of Department Store, Budgens supermarkets and the four Builders’ Merchant branches.

The team presented Mr Baker with a beautiful fountain pen - as the current one he used was over 30 years old and had started to show the test of time and a card with the photographs of staff past and present. They were also able to surprise him with a timeline of photographs dating back over his years of service starting with his appointment to the Board. 


Maureen Award

Maureen Hooker, best buyer manager at the Association of Independent Stores (AIS) Kitchenware awards - March 2014

Maureen Hooker has been voted best buyer manager at the Association of Independent Stores (AIS) Kitchenware awards.

Mrs Hooker has 20 years service, the last 14 of which have seen her running the cookshop and garden departments.

She said she was delighted to win the accolade from AIS which represents more than 300 stores nationwide.

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Bakers & Larners Shareholder Fliss Baker’s Eventing Success at Chilham Castle

Shareholder and daughter of Michael Baker, Fliss came eighth place overall at the one-star international meeting at Chilham Castle near Dover which was her best yet on the racehorse-turned-eventer.

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C.T Baker Group Parachute Jump For Big C – Norfolk and Waveney

It was a crisp September morning when the 10 strong team of C T Baker Group led by MD Michael Baker were all in the hanger of UK Parachuting lying on their tummies with their arms and legs in the air trying to make a shape of a banana.  You ask yourself what on earth possessed them to do this; surely there were better things to do at 8am on a non-working day!  But the reason is quite simply – these brave folks were preparing to do a tandem skydive. In less than an hour they were scheduled to jump out of the plane at 13,000ft, free fall for 8,000ft in around 40 seconds at speeds of around 200mph when the parachute would open before descending to the safety of the ground to raise funds for the Big C – Norfolk and Waveney own cancer charity.  A further two members of the C T Baker team jumpParachute 2ed at the beginning of October.  

The team were delighted with the fundraising support they received from family and friends and also the generous support from suppliers to the group businesses.  Together through their efforts they were able to present a cheque to Daniel Williams, CEO and Diane Northway of Big C for £15,289.67.

Michael Baker commented that he was extremely proud of the team from the business who volunteered to jump and raised this truly amazing amount of money which will go to support families in Norfolk who are or have been affected by cancer.

In addition to the money raised from the skydive, supporters of the Group and employees have raised further funds via tombola’s, collections and raffles.


CT Baker Group Sponsorship


Holt Rugby Club

Holt Rugby Club

Founded in 1961, Holt RFC play at Bridge Road, High Kelling, with the 1st XV in London North East 2.

There are three senior sides, and Youth & Minis Teams from Under 6 to Under 17.

Holt RFC are very proud that both Tom & Ben Youngs - current England and British Lions Internationals - started their rugby careers in the Minis Teams.

Senior Training is on Tuesdays/Thursdays at 7pm, and Youth & Minis Training on Sundays at 10am.

Holt RFC is a thriving family club, and there are plans afoot to develop the Clubhouse, Toilets and Changing facilities.

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holt lightsHolt Christmas Lights

Every year we are one of the proud principal sponsors of the Holt Christmas Lights donating more than £2000. Holt is now established in the collective memory as a town of excellence and uniqueness – never more so than during the festive season when the loveliness of the town is pointed up and framed by thousands of fairytale lights – along the gables, gutters and roofs of buildings throughout the town, around a myriad enticing windows and in both the live deciduous trees and the spectacular Christmas trees. With events and stalls around the town there is something for everyone to enjoy. The switch on is followed by a fantastic fireworks display which lights up the whole town.

An event not to be missed!






Bakers and Larners’ 2016 charity of the year is Camphill Communities, Thornage Hall. Representing the East Anglian branch of the worldwide Camphill movement, Thornage Hall provides a residential and working environment for its members with special needs. Situated in 70 acres of land on the outskirts of Thornage Village, the social, artistic and therapeutic activities provided by the charity contribute to an atmosphere of mutual respect and equality for its residents.


Our 2015 charity of the year was the Holt RNLI’s Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal. After 25 years of service, Wells RNLI sought to replace its Mersey-class lifeboat with a state-of-the art Shannon lifeboat. Bakers and Larners supported this cause throughout 2015 by holding and participating in numerous fundraising events.

Total: £2,698.67


Our 2014 charity of the year was the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House — Since 1984, Tapping House Hospice has been providing palliative care to people with life-limiting conditions. During this time they have provided physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. This care aims to enable people to live life to the full for whatever time is left.

Total: £1,902.91


Our two chosen charities for 2013 were Alzheimer's Society (Norfolk Branch) and Riding for the Disabled.

Total (Alzheimer's Society): £2,357.86

Total (Riding for the Disabled): £7,362.86






Charities of the Year




Our 2015 charity of the year is the RNLI, Sheringham. Established in 1824, the RNLI serves as the UK’s largest coastal life-saving charity. Since Sheringham’s private lifeboat services were taken over by the RNLI in 1867, the town’s lifeboat station and its current inshore lifeboat have remained valuable assets within the town’s coastal community and the wider North Norfolk coast.