"Orchard? I didn't know there was an orchard at Dunsden!" was the word from quite a few visitors to our very successful stall at the Binfeld Heath Flower Show this weekend. It was good to be able to spread the word - 100 leaflets were taken away by potential new members, and around half a dozen people said they would like to sponsor a tree. Once we have completed forms, certificates will be despatched and commemorative tree labels ordered.Our new polo shirts, which are embroidered with the orchard logo, were also all sold, and thanks to the generosity of sponsor Gareth at Supergraphics we now have a new table banner for future events. Thanks to everyone who helped make the day a success. We look forward to seeing people at our next event, the working party on Sunday 14 September.
Thanks to the Co-op Community Fund we have received a grant of £500 to put towards the cost of planting trees and a wooden bench which it is hoped will be the focal point of the walkway through our orchard. The Fund provided a plaque which we hope to fix to the orchard gateway at our next working party, which is planned for Sunday 14 September at 2.30pm. To encourage a good turnout on the day (when we will mainly be weeding around the trees), cider will be provided. Please put the date in your diary now and come along and enjoy an hour's enjoyable work with other local people.
A reminder that you will find us at Binfield Heath Flower Show at Holmwood this Saturday from 2pm. There will be some early apples to taste and we will be able to answer your questions about the orchard.
We will soon have some attractive embroidered polo shirts for orchard supporters. These are available at £10 each for members or £12.50 for non-members: a good reason to sign up for membership if you have not done so already. Just download the leaflet and post off the form to set-up an annual £5 or £10 standing order. Your support is much appreciated.
A fund-raising quiz night is also planned, thanks to the generosity of Beth Timms, who has been organising these popular evenings for some time. The evening starts at 7 for 7.30pm in Dunsden Village Hall on Saturday October 11th. A light supper and an entertaining evening is promised, all for under £10! Tickets from Beth Timms
Apple Day this year is on October 21st. Although our orchard is not yet sufficiently well-establshed to host its own Apple Day, you can get an idea of the kind of things that are possible at such an event by following this link.
Shropshire Apple Trust in Ironbridge sells its own design of apple presses, and expects to make over 200 gallons of apple juice at event that is enjoyed by several hundred people.
Volunteers from Dunsden community orchard will at the Binfield Heath Flower Show on Saturday 23 August and at the Henley Show Ploughing Match in Dunsden on 5 October so we look forward to seeing you then.