Each year we have two main community events: a May Fun Day to celebrate the arrival of spring, and an Apple Day in October.
The Fun Day provides activities for families and children. There are games, a treasure hunt in the orchard, and produce for sale. People bring their own food and drink and relax under the great trees around the open space at the Ridge Hill entrance.
The Apple Day provides an opportunity to enjoy the apple harvest. Prior to the day the apples are picked and stored and, on the day, washed and chopped before being ‘milled’ into a mash for pressing. The pressing produces delicious fresh apple juice, most of which is consumed on the day, but some is retained for cider making over the winter. This is used for tasting at later events.
We hold Working Parties during the autumn and winter months to help keep the orchard in good condition. There are two per month, one on a Sunday morning, the other on either a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. Dates are notified in August for the coming winter. The work is not heavy and we usually have a break for coffee or tea. All help is gratefully received and all are welcome. Summer Working Parties have no set pattern; ad hoc sessions are called as needed according to the season.
Finally, there is the Annual General Meeting in February. The Committee gives an account of all that has been done in the preceding year and seeks support for what it hopes to achieve in the coming year.