School shuts down pupil’s food blog

A school in Argyll has banned a pupil from taking pictures and writing a fun food blog after its success led to newspaper coverage.

School shuts down Martha's food blog

The blog, NeverSeconds, is a day to day photo blog and rating system of the school dinners Lochgilphead Primary School serve up to pupil, Martha Payne.

Nine year old Martha became an internet hit since she started her food blog on the 30th of April and currently has more than two million hits.

Each day, Martha snaps a photo of her school meal and rates it on a variety of things including Food-o-meter, health rating, how many mouthfuls it takes her to eat it and how many pieces of hair she’s found in the meal (thankfully a running total of zero has been found so far!).

The keen food blogger invites other school students from around the world to send in pictures of their school dinners and regularly posts photos from other countries including America, Taiwan and  Spain.

Alongside sharing her lunches with the world, Martha has been raising money for charity, Mary’s Meals, who provide school meals for some of the poorest children in the world. A spokesperson for the charity said, “Martha’s support for Mary’s Meals has been amazing and we are extremely grateful for everything that she has done to help us reach some of the hungriest children in the world.”

Council bans photography

Despite her popularity and charity work, Martha was called out of class today and told she was not allowed to take any more images of her school dinners for her blog because of coverage in a local newspaper.

Argyll and Bute Council claim the new media coverage of the NeverSeconds blog has led catering staff to fear for their jobs.

The media coverage that sparked the incident was a headline by the Daily Record, “Time to fire the dinnerladies…” above an image of Martha and Nick Nairn cooking in Nick’s cookery school  kitchen. A special treat for Martha.

Under the blog title, ‘Goodbye’, Martha said, “This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today.

“I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too.”

We’ll miss your food posts too, Martha!


Blog ban overturned!Thanks to a twitter campaign, Martha’s blog is back!

Photography: NeverSeconds blog

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  1. Davenwise says:

    What a joke!!! If the school is doing right by the meals, then they should have nothing to worry about and Martha should be able to continue. This made me think the staff at the school have something to hide. Martha sweetie, I’m so sorry to hear about this. It was awesome to see a student, especially at you age, so involved!!

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