A cookery school opened by celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager has closed as a result of a college group’s financial crisis. The Hadlow Group, which runs the Tunbridge Wells cookery school, has had a difficult 12 months after both chief executive Paul Hannan and deputy chief executive Mark Lumsdon-Taylor were suspended amid an investigation into its finances. The Further Education Commissioner – who recommends what actions college governing bodies could make to improve performance – first intervened at the start of the year and concerns remain, despite a positive recent Ofsted inspection. Hadlow College and West Kent and Ashford College, also run by the group, have since entered education administration as discussions take place over other college groups in the county taking over courses. Now, the cookery school, which the former I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here contestant opened in The Pantiles in 2013, has announced its closure. A statement on the school’s website reads: “We regret to advise that owing to external financial pressures related to the well-publicised wider external issues at the Hadlow Group, the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School in partnership with Hadlow Group Limited could not continue to operate in its present form or in its existing… Read full this story
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