Crunch time for Rudgwick Apple Day

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Rudgwick Apple Day will be held on Sunday October 14, but organisers are asking visitors not to bring any spare apples on the day.

A statement from Joanna Bowen, honorary secretary of the Old Rudgwick Cider Society (ORCS) said: “Come and join us pressing the surplus apples that have been collected from around the village.

“Bring your surplus apples (if you have some) along to the hopper by the RSCC from 29th September until 5pm on Saturday 13th October.

“We will not be accepting apples on Apple Day itself. This will enable you to park in the designated field in Lynwick Street and walk the short distance to the playing fields on the day.

“Parking at the village hall will be restricted to stall holders and disabled badge holders only. If you have dropped off apples during the preceding fortnight please come to the ORCS stand to find out how to redeem some apple juice (which freezes well – bring your own containers) or some 2011 cider. Apple juice will also be available for sale.

“During Apple Day, apart from the pressing itself, there will be plenty of stalls to enjoy with apple and other rural themes eg, spinning, basket weaving, hedge laying, owls, chickens, West Sussex Rangers and their nature quiz, hanging baskets, toffee apples, apple tombola, Butchers Hall Farm Shop, WI cakes, locally made cheese “Sussex Charmer” and other comestibles, to name but a few, plus a raffle, morris dancing and music.

“There will also be (messy!) apple games and races for children. Our 2011 vintage “Old Chopper”, “Strumpet” and “The Doctor” Ciders will be on sale (strictly over 18 only - ID will be requested) as well as our limited edition “Vinegar Witch” Cider vinegar – an excellent Christmas present!

“The Social Club will be open for refreshments and a hog roast with apple sauce!

“So drop off your surplus apples before the day and on 14th October bring the family, and some containers to take away juice, and have a fun and informative day in Rudgwick, knowing that your surplus apples have been put to good use. In the past year we have donated over £1200, divided between local youth projects and CHASE and Chestnut Tree House Childrens’ Hospices. We look forward to seeing you.”

The event will be held at Rudgwick Sports and Social Club, King George V Playing Fields, Bucks Green, Rudgwick, from 10am to 4pm on October 14.