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Never Seconds - Martha Payne's School Dinners Blog.

Updated on April 19, 2013

Please read this article from start to finish.....

as well as clicking on the BOLD BLUE links to the various articles in newspapers dedicated to this amazing little girl. View all the videos also and listen to the music videos as they are, I feel all linked to the spirit and tenacity of the little girl, Martha from Lochgilphead, Scotland.

Watch out in future for the name Martha Payne as she is going to be famous.

You read it here first folks.

Martha Payne and her Blog, NeverSeconds goes viral.

Martha Payne, a school girl from Lochgilphead, Argyll in Scotland, chose to write about her school dinners in a daily writing assignment in school, unaware of the trouble it was likely to cause in such a short space of time. Read on to find out what happened and decide for yourself who was right and who was in fact wrong. Whatever conclusion you arrive at you will see that this plucky little girl has a great future in the world of Media and Blogging and will be very successful I am sure.

Check out her Blog at

6.8 Million hits and still counting.

And to think that this has all come about in a matter of a few weeks. If you go to the link above there is a counter on the site recording the numbers of hits at the present time. Watch it whizz round.

When I first saw it I was amazed how fast the hits were being recorded. Google must love this amazing young lady.


Who is Martha Payne?

Get this, Martha Payne is a 9 year old schoolgirl from Scotland with guts. She and her father had guts to take on the establishment and WIN for common sense.

At the tender age of 9 she decided to be bold and to start a Blog about her daily lunchtime meals at school, purely because her class was given an assignment to start writing about a topic which happens everyday in their lives. When she started it she had no idea the controversy which would unfold surrounding this everyday occurence.Well at 9 you wouldn't, would you?

So she discussed and came up with the idea with the help of Dad, David. She used his e-mail address to set up her Blog via Google's Blogging platform. A free to start service and so was ideal for Martha to start her Blogging career.

Listen to what her Dad has to say about her Blog as he was interviewed by the BBC in Scotland.

Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

NeverSeconds in the headlines.

Major British newspapers reported on the story of Martha's NeverSeconds Blog and it was a headline in one of those newspapers which sparked the row leading to Argyll and Bute Council banning Martha from taking photographs of her school meals. She obviously hit a raw nerve. Thankfully though, the leader of the Council eventually saw sense and backed down.

Click the links to see what the papers have to say.

The telegraph Video ( You must watch this)

The Telegraph

Maryn McKenna

NeverSeconds helping others.

As part of her project Martha Payne has linked up with various charities and is doing sterling work raising money for the less fortunate around the world. Here is one young lady who is already making her mark on the world at such a young age and she is and will continue to be an inspiration for others and is on course to leave a great legacy. Click the link to rad about Martha's Meals and donate.

I urge you yet again to read this newspaer article about Martha's legacy which will be there forever in Malawi. A kitchen is to be named after Martha Payne for her fund raising efforts.

Martha's Kitchen

Jamie Oliver Award

Martha with Nick at his cookery school.
Martha with Nick at his cookery school. | Source

Award winning Blog.

Already an award winning Blog in the eyes of top Chef Jamie Oliver. Praise indeed.

If you read all about Martha's Blog it will not surprise you why she is receiving accolades such as this one. Her target to raise £7,000 has been smashed and surpassed on a massive scale. At the time of writing this article donations had reached in excess of £109,000!

What an incredible achievement. Can you believe that her local council tried to ban her from taking pictures of her school dinner? It is good to report that common sense prevailed and she was allowed to continue with the Blog as part of her school assignment.

Not only has celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver shown his support for Martha's Blog but another celebrity Chef Nick Nairn invited Martha to judge a competition he was running and she got to meet him and spend some time with him. Read the article on the web site Hotel and Caterer

Like me Nick thinks she is pretty amazing and also shares my view that she has taken on the establishment and has come away from it in victory. A victory for the people of Scotland and the rest of the world and you don't see enough of that in today's society.

Martha Payne finds her voice through her Blog NeverSeconds

Give us your thoughts on this question.....

Do you think it was right that Martha should have been allowed to carry on with her Blog?

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The NeverSeconds philosophy is......

a philosophy we should all take on board. Martha is dedicated to helping others less fortunate than herself and she has found a vehicle to do just that. It is for this reason that I decided to write this article in the hope that in some small way I can help her cause. As you can see she is doing a fantastic job herself and probably doesn't need me to help promote her work, but we all want to help others and if one person makes a donation to her charity as a result of this, then it will have been worth it.

You see this fits in with my own philosophy of helping as many people to become successful in order for me to become successful. I have written about this many times and I strongly believe that we first have to help others to get what they desire before we can get what we desire.

A worthy charity.

Why not join me in raising money for this worthy cause. I am inspired by the work of Martha Payne through her Blog that I have decided to join her in her quest.

About Mary's Meals

Mary's Meals is a worldwide Charity which is currently feeding over 600,000 children in schools everyday around the world.

Set up in 2002 in Scotland by two brothers as a result of the Bosnian conflict and the food crisis it caused, Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow decided to make a difference and what a difference they are making today.

Click on the Mary's Meals link above and read their story on the web-site.

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  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Lady_E Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it.

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    6 years ago from London, UK

    Beautiful story - Big Hug to Martha. I heard about it a while ago and they wouldn't let her blog. I thought it was the School, but your Hub clarifies that it's the Council. I feel (as a Teacher) kids should be encouraged, if they have a Passion for something. So nice that Jamie O got involved too,

    Thanks - It's nice to read a full story about it.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    always exploring, great to see you here and thanks. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    6 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Awesome story. This is a perfect example of what one can achieve when you have the desire to help others. Thank you..Enjoyed..

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    Thanks for taking the time to go through the links and watch everything. There is a lot of information in there, too much for me to write every single bit. So much has been said and written about this girl. It really is a story of overnight success.

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    Linda Crampton 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I love this hub and all the links, Steve. I've heard of this young girl before, but you've given me so much more information. She's doing a great job and deserves all the support that she's getting.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    see, it is possible for you to be a good girl!

    Seriously thanks for your comment. It is appreciated.

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    Daisy Mariposa 

    6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


    I'm impressesd!... Both with this incredible young lady and with you.

    You've done a brilliant job in spreading the word about Martha Payne. Well done, my friend!

    (See...I commented without being cheeky.)

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    6 years ago from Alabama

    This is awesome.

    Sharing this incredible hub of an incredible girl.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Glad you like it TToombso8, I agree with you,

    thanks so much for commenting and reading.

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    Terrye Toombs 

    6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    The world could use a few more youngsters like Martha! Fantastic hub, posh! :) VUMS.

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    Michelle Liew 

    6 years ago from Singapore

    Most welcome!

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    midget38, thanks for being the first to comment and share.

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    Michelle Liew 

    6 years ago from Singapore

    A very enterprising young lady and an excellent topic choice. A wealth of information for us to relate to!


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