10th Parish Apple Day – 2020
Sadly our public event is thwarted once again – this time due to dear old Covid-19.
However, you cannot stop apples from growing – and, due to some timely rain after a really hot spell – growing big and fat and juicy, too! We will still be collecting and juicing apples and pears – just on a smaller scale and in small batches at a time. Non-members will be invited to bring apples for conversion into juice to Middle Hall Farm from time to time throughout the apple season. Watch the website and facebook for details.
- and look forward to buying some summer gold later on in the autumn!
The 9th Parish Apple Day – Saturday 26th October 2019
Sadly the weather was against us – even though most Saturdays this autumn seem to have pretty grim, this one was a real daddy as two weather systems collided to bring us twice the seasonal average of rain, cold and high winds. We had no indoor facilities this year and the winds were too high for tents, so we had to abandon the day. This left us with a lot of apples that people had already collected for us. We did manage to press most of these in small batches over the following days ( thanks to John and Tom for use of their driveways). Together with some that we ‘had made earlier’, the overall production for the year was still around 300 bottles.
The 8th Parish Apple Day – Saturday 20th October 2018
The day started off rather cloudy and misty – and a little chilly – but the sun came out in the end. A great time was had, with plenty people joining in – including some of the younger and some of the less young members of our community! Over 200 bottles of juice were produced on the day – plus all the extra fresh juice that people dank or took home. A great achievement- well done everyone.
See all the photos on the gallery page (thank you Julian).
Extra Fun with Apples
This year we had a new feature with apple-related games, organised by Emma from Raffles Forest School, especially for the children. This included the ever-popular apple bobbing and apple printing (who needs potatoes!)
7th Parish Apple Day – 2017
Sadly, Apple Day 2017 was not a roaring success from a public event point of view. Storm ‘Brian’ threatened to blow us all away and make our normal outdoor set-up with gazebos and awnings rather too dangerous.
However, you cannot stop apples from growing and you cannot stop dedicated volunteers from collecting them! We were able to borrow the William Morris Kitchens (Thank you SO MUCH John Nissler and the crew) and a small number of us processed all the fruit that people had gathered.
This, together with the pressing days that we had held earlier on in September meant that we still had plenty of juice – both to drink and share, and to sell at the various local Christmas Fayres etc.
Better luck next year!
6th APPLE DAY, 2016 – A GREAT SUCCESS
Over 60 people turned out for our 6th Parish Apple Day, with most of you joining in at some point, thank you everyone.
You all contributed to make over 200 bottles of pasteurised juice which will be for sale at local Xmas Fairs to help pay for new trees at Brownings Community Orchard.
On top of that, 150 litres of fresh juice was either sold or given away to all our helpers and of course our generous donors. Not to mention another 150 litres which will emerge as cider sometime in Spring 2017.
If you came along for the first time and would like to know more about Community Orchards (ECO), register on our contacts page!
– and see all the photos on the Gallery pages
A couple of highlights from previous apple days-