Lovely weekend to make cider

Little Horwood Apple Day.Claire Conway-Crapp,of Midshires Orchard Group and Brian Mayne washing apples.'121013M-D182
Little Horwood Apple Day.Claire Conway-Crapp,of Midshires Orchard Group and Brian Mayne washing apples.'121013M-D182

Dozens of gallons of cider and apple juice were made at the sixth annual Little Horwood Apple Day.

The event, which was held on Saturday, saw people from across north Bucks descend on the village to press apples, sample cider and play games.

Organiser Mike Jones was there with some of his homemade cider while the Midshires Orchard Group was there with its apple press.

Claire Conway-Crapp, from the group, said although there had been a poor crop of eating apples due to the weather, people were bringing along plenty of cider apples.

She said: “It went jolly well. We had fine weather, a good turnout with lots of local families enjoying the activities, even the more menial tasks like apple washing and scratting, which is where the apples are cut into small bits.

“We were surprised at how many people came back to the event after attending in previous years. There was a good turnout and we had several dozen throughout the day.

“Some of the people who came were ol hands - they come every year - and they have great community spirit.

“Many of the apples, unusually for this time of year, were cider apples, including Dabinett and Tom Putt.”

People attending could find out more about making cider and maintaining fruit trees.

The Midshires Orchard Group was set up to help conserve historic heritage fruit trees and orchards and help people identify historic varieties of apple.

It also holds regular events at Stowe Landscape Gardens.

Anyone wanting to join the Midshires Orchard Group can email
msogmembership@yahoo.com.