John Lupton’s orchard was the perfect location for Apple Day. It looked beautiful in the Autumn sunlight, as did the quilts that decked the trees. Around three hundred adults and almost as many children came and it was good to see so many families. People lingered enjoying the refreshments, cider, music and dancing. The Brownies were well in evidence manning their stall, and Joy and John Eustace provided a wonderful ‘Bee and Honey’ stall. Nearby, children enjoyed crafting bees for mounting on a hexagonal display.

Charlie McIntyre achieved the longest apple peel with an impressive 129 cm. The apple tasting provided two clear favourites, Adams Pearman and Cornish Aromatic. Should you wish to buy these varieties for your garden they may be obtained from Thornhayes Nursery of Dulford who generously supplied the apples for tasting.

How lovely it was that the children could feed the apples into the apple press, and watch the transformation of apples to juice. Hundreds of litres of apple juice were processed.

We raised, after paying all our expenses, £1,300 which has been donated to the village hall and will help to speed up the improvements to the committee room. The commitment and energy of a large team of helpers resulted in a very enjoyable village day.

Suki Commin