Apples and Pears Events List
MAN tries to include details of all relevant events within the Marcher Counties and the more significant national events. (Pictures from a number of events can be found in the Photograph Gallery at www.marcherapple.net/photogl.htm). Courses at www.marcherapple.net/course.htm, however, are listed separately. If you are organising or know of a forthcoming event which you think should be included here then please contact the Webmaster. If you spot an error would you also please let the Webmaster know so a correction can be made.
For other events you may find the following useful
- The Three Counties Cider and Perry Association’s Events List (www.thethreecountiesciderandperryassociation.co.uk/events/) is specific to cider and perry and mainly covers events in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
- Herefordshire CAMRA are strong supporters of local Cider Makers (www.herefordcamra.org.uk/cider.htm) and associated events.
- The National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events) organises apple events at many of its properties (Telephone 0870 458 400 for details).
It is always advisable, especially if you intend to travel from some distance, to confirm the time and details from the organisers.
At events where Marcher Apple Network will be present (shown with dates in bold) pomological advice will be available and books and CDs will be for sale. At events marked with an asterisk there will be an apple display and MAN will provide an identification service. Please note that for identifications three typical specimens of apple or pear are required and that there is a charge.
Events in 2015
Wednesday, 28th January. Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk) AGM at the Rushall Club, Rushall, Much Marcle HR8 2PE from 7.30pm. Sandwiches provided. New input/ ideas welcome.
Saturday, 14th February (alternately Sunday 15th February). COURSE - WINTER PRUNING OF APPLE TREES. Marcher Apple Network is holding a practical course on Winter Pruning of Apple Trees. This course will be led by Paul Davis, who is a very experienced horticulturalist with many years of growing and tending fruit trees. The course will be restricted to 12 people. Paul will explain the objectives of pruning, provide guidance notes and give a demonstration of pruning at MAN’s Tredomen Court orchard. You may then carry out guided pruning on our trees to gain real “hands on” experience making decisions and carrying them out. More details can be found at www.marcherapple.net/course.htm .
Saturday, 28th February. COURSE - GRAFTING APPLE TREES. For the last two years, Tom Adams, a highly experienced orchardist, has given us a superb day of training in grafting skills. Participants took four grafted trees away; reports mention these babies are growing vigorously. It’s going to be repeated for a third year! If you’re interested in joining the fun, and learning too, do please book early for this. There are just twelve places. More details can be found at www.marcherapple.net/course.htm .
Tuesday, 31st March. The History of Bottles for Cider and Gin WEA Spring Workshop to be held from 10am to 12 noon at the Museum Resource and Learning Centre, 58 Friars Street, Hereford HR4 0AS. Cost £8. Further information from Hilary Gow, WEA Hereford Branch, Green Bank, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford, HR1 3AX. Tel 01432 880 545.
Sunday/ Monday, 3rd/ 4th May. Blossomtime Festival with the Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk). A seasonal celebration of English Apples and Cider in the Herefordshire Parishes of the Marcle Ridge. For further information send a SAE to ‘Big Apple’, Woodcroft, Putley, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2RD or phone 01531 670544.
Thursday 3rd September. Visit to F P Matthews (www.frankpmatthews.com) of Berrington near Tenbury Wells. Starting at 11:00 this guided tour will include seeing the fruit trial orchard, nursery for trees, the Tree Shop for browsing and lunch. Restricted to members of MAN and Gloucester Orchard Trust and costing only £ 12.00, a booking form can be found here (www.marcherapple.net/resources/forms/MAN20150903FPMvisit.docx).
Friday to Sunday 11th to 13th September. Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival (www.foodfestival.co.uk). There is always a good selection of local cider makers and fruit juicers in attendance.
Thursday, 1st October (to be confirmed). Trumpet Ploughing Match & West of England Fruit Show (www.trumpetanddistrictagriculturalsociety.co.uk/). (No apple display.) Details of venue from Mrs. J. Green, Warren Cottage, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury HR8 2UJ. Tel. 01531-670608.
*Saturday, 3rd October. Applefest 2015 (www.tenburyapplefest.co.uk), Tenbury Wells, held on the town’s Burgage Recreational Area, from 10.00-5.00pm.
*Saturday/ Sunday, 10th/ 11th October. The Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk). Weekend rural events in and around Much Marcle. entry to historic grounds of Hellens, from 12.00-4.45pm where there will be apple and pear displays, ID services and tastings of a selection of cooking apples. Further details of talks, demonstrations and other events, from Jackie Denman, Tel. 01531 670544.
Events in 2016
6th January. Leominster Morris (www.leominstermorris.org), The Wassail. Details will be announced nearer the time.
Help is required at all events. (Free tickets provided & mileage paid!) If you can assist at any of the events which MAN will be attending please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator.