We mean, of course Saturday 1st October 2016 – from 11.00am to 3.00pm.
It is the earnest hope of the Woodland Trustees (who are organising the day) that the whole event – widely advertised as a pressing engagement – will be truly impressive. However, I am told by my (less-silly) colleagues that this word-play should go only so far and my efforts ought definitely to be repressed. Perhaps I should give up my feeble attempts. I'll try not to be depressed about it!
The point of all this is, of course, that Tarvin will have its second Apple Pressing Day this coming Saturday, 1st October, in the woodland behind Crossfields. The first one, staged at this time last year, was the Community Woodland Trust's attempt to give Tarvin a 'day out' that would attract all ages, cost very little and, most importantly, is based within the village's own woodland. We were thrilled by the response. Countless buckets of apples were pressed, lots and lots of craft work was done, gallons of tea were made, we had to send out for more beef burgers – and still ran out – and most importantly, families were able to enjoy a day out with their friends in lovely, accessible and safe surroundings. The feedback we received was very favourable and showed that it is an event that Tarvin people would like to be repeated. Hence, the decision was made to make it an annual event.
This year, we will have three presses working and we hope that, during the four hours, everyone will have a chance to produce apple juice from their own apples. There will be an opportunity for children to make a snail from willow wands, under the guidance of Caroline Gregson, who is Tarvin's own willow artist. Tarvin Wildlife Watch will be getting youngsters to have a go at a wide range of other autumn and woodland-based crafts, so that there will be plenty to keep young folk happy. Finally, there will be a display by Cheshire Wildlife Trust, where your questions about our wild creatures and how to encourage them can receive expert answers.
We're running the apple pressing over lunchtime and so we'll have tea, coffee and squash available, as well as Wally Dutton's beef burgers and hot dogs. We have to cover the costs of these and so they will be charged for. However, everything else will be completely free – this day is not intended to be a fundraiser but, instead, is intended as a low-cost but very enjoyable day out for families and their friends. There will be lots for everyone to do and our experience last year shows that it will be a thoroughly enjoyable time for everyone.