By Charles Bradley - 4th October 2019 6:00am
Apple Pressing Day is always held on the first Saturday in October in "The Orchard" within Tarvin Woodland. This year, that will be this Saturday, 5th October 2019, and it will run between 11.00am and 3.00pm. It is a day which is intended to be good fun for the village and its families and is planned by the Trust to be revenue-neutral (in other words, we aren't trying to make a profit!)
The notion is that families can come along with bags, buckets or barrows-full of apples and be involved in their being chopped up and pressed, so that the juice can be drunk there and then or, if suitable PLASTIC bottles have also been brought, it can be taken away. (However, if it is kept for long, it is likely to ferment and may not taste as good.)
With three presses working, there will be lots going on and the children will be busy. Add to that the table of suitably-themed activities and crafts for the youngsters and there should be plenty of time for parents to 'catch up' with their friends. Because it goes on between 11.00am and 3.00pm (in other words, over lunchtime), we have always provided both drinks and hot refreshments — but at prices which aim merely to cover our costs. We don't want to make a profit but, because all of our money has been given by Tarvin people to help us to run the woodland, we must avoid running the day at a loss.
Additionally this year, there will also be a stall selling crepes to raise money for the Christmas market. Because the market is so expensive to set up each year, the team must raise the cash to enable them to close the road, set up the insurance and hire the stalls, before ever they can begin to organise the event in detail. Selling their tasty pancakes whenever possible will help to raise some of that cash and the Trust is delighted to be able to help them in this way.
So, make a date with your family, with your young relatives and your young friends to come along to Tarvin Apple Pressing Day on Saturday 5th October 2019 between 11.00am and 3.00pm at the Tarvin Community Woodland Orchard (behind Crossfields). Enjoyment for all guaranteed!
(Incidentally, if you have lots of apples which you don't want, just let us know — a phone call to 01829 741172 will serve, as would an email to email@example.com — and we'll happily collect them for use on the day. All offers gratefully received. And, afterwards, you can be assured that all of the materials will be entirely organically recycled — the pulp will be fed to some very grateful pigs!)