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Apples and Pears Events List

MAN try 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). Courses, 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

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 2014

Saturday, 22nd March. The Welsh Beekeepers 2014 Convention at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys. From 9.00am in the Hafod a Hendre Hall. (No apple display). Includes ‘Beekeepers Question Time’. Details on and from Tom Froggatt. Tel. 01584-831650.

Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday, 4th/ 5th/ 6th April. The British Beekeepers Convention at Harper Adams College, Newport, Shropshire. (No apple display). Details from Tom Froggatt. Tel. 01584-831650.

Saturday, 3rd May. Big Apple Cider & Perry Trials at Putley Village Hall, Herefordshire. Entry forms can be downloaded or phone Jackie Denman, Tel. 01531 670544. Results will be on view the following two days.

Sunday/ Monday, 4th/ 5th May. Blossomtime Festival with the Big Apple. 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.

Wednesday, 14th May. Annual International Cider and Perry Competition. Open to local competitors. For further information contact the Cider Museum, Ryelands Street, Hereford, Tel. 01432 354207.

Saturday, 7th June, at Weobley Village Hall the Herefordshire Local History Societies will be holding their Annual Day School with the topic “The Story of Apples”. Beginning with the Chairman’s address there will be two talks in the morning - one by MAN member Tom Froggatt. After lunch there will be a choice of three visits, two to Orchards and the other to Wormsley church (to see the Knight family tombs). Further details from Mrs Gina Harley, Rose Cottage, Kington Road, Weobley, HR4 8SF. Tel 01544 318278.

Saturday, 21st June. SUMMER PRUNING COURSE and MAN BBQ.
To celebrate MAN’s 21st anniversary we are planning an event for Members and their families. We hope this will be at the MAN orchard at Donnington, near Ledbury, but if that is not possible we will let you know the alternative site in good time. We aim to gather about 13:30 and spend an afternoon looking around, taking instruction from Nick Dunn in summer pruning and having a go on our trees there, and chatting, and reminiscing, and brewing tea, and then having a BBQ.
We ask for a contribution of £5.00 from each attendee and this will include cost of a burger. We also ask that you be willing to bring a dish to make it a pot-luck affair. If you would be willing to help organise and run the event it would be much appreciated.
Please let us know if you wish to come by telephoning Mrs M Ward, 8 Nant-y-Felin, Three Cocks, Brecon, Powys LD3 0SJ, 01497 847847 or contacting her via secretary at marcherapple dot net . We’d like to know numbers by 21st May for sorting out planning. (We have to be able to notify you if the weather turns nasty forcing postponement or cancellation).

*Saturday/ Sunday, 23rd/ 24th August. Black Mountains Festival, Talgarth, Powys. MAN will be in the Cattle Market on the Sunday, from 11.00-5.00pm. Display of early apples & identification of ripe early varieties. Tastings and fruit for sale.

Friday to Sunday 12th to 14th September. Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival. There is always a good selection of local cider makers and fruit juicers in attendance.

*Sunday, 14th September. Note corrected date! Entertainment under the Apples at Penlanole, near the Vulcan Arms, south of Rhayader, Powys. Please note that for safety reasons, the approach will be to the back of the farm and will be signposted from the A470. From 2.00-5.00pm. For details Tel. 01597-811487.

*Saturday/Sunday, 27th/28th September. Autumn Show at Three Counties Showground, Malvern.

Thursday, 2nd October. Trumpet Ploughing Match & West of England Fruit Show. (No apple display.) Details of venue from Mrs. J. Green, Warren Cottage, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury HR8 2UJ. Tel. 01531-670609.

Saturday, 4th October. Applefest 2014, Tenbury Wells, held on the town’s Burgage Recreational Area, from 10.00-5.00pm.

Saturday, 11th October. Apple Day at The Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale nr. Telford, from 10.00-5.00pm. Apple pressing using the large community apple press, fresh juice for sale; hog roast, live music, apple display and apple trees for sale, cider bar, WI stalls, craft demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to practice polelathing, pottery etc. Tel. 01952-433594 or 01952-432046.

*Saturday/ Sunday, 11th/ 12th October. The Big Apple. Weekend rural events in and around Much Marcle. £2 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.

*Saturday, 18th October. Leominster Apple Fair at The Priory, Leominster. 10.00-4.00pm. Parking nearby in Bridge Street Car Park. Details from Felicity Norman, Tel. 01568 780886.

*Saturday, 18th October. Kemerton Orchard Workers fund-raising Apple Day event at Kemerton Village Hall, nr. Tewkesbury, Glos. 1.00-5.00pm. Apple pressing, and fresh apple juice, home-made jams, tea & cakes for sale. Conservation stands for information and discussion. Visitors can walk to the Kemerton Conservation Trust arboretum and lake. Details from Steve Fletcher, Tel. 01386-725271.

Saturday/Sunday, 18th/ 19th October. Cidermaking Festival at the Cider Museum, Ryelands Street, Hereford. Demonstrations of traditional cidermaking, coopering and blacksmithing. Tutored cider tastings. Morris Dancing. Further details from Cider Museum, Tel. 01432 354207.

*Sunday, 2nd November. Chepstow Apple Day, organized by Chepstow Town Council at the Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow. Admission free. 11.00-4.00pm. MAN Apple display, apple juice, cider and perry tasting.

Events in 2015

Leominster Morris Wassail 6th January. Leominster Morris, The Wassail. Venue to be announced.

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.

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