Saturday, 9 September 2017


In what we suspect may be the first of many similar annual events, we had a fantastic morning today.

The town responded magnificently to our invitation to bring apples up to the QEII Daniel Park and there was a lovely atmosphere.  The press was in constant use throughout the morning, and Richard ( took away gallons of freshly squeezed juice to pasteurize and bottle up at his plant near Hungerford.

A massive amount of apples were also donated to FOWPS, which should enable them to raise a few hundred pounds for the school in due course.

Huge thanks to the following people who helped to make the event such a success:

  • Richard and his assistant Graham, My Apple Juice
  • Chris Blake, primary school Site Manager
  • Louise Walsh and all her helpers from FOWPS
  • Chris Bird (Sparsholt) and David Graty (Minstead Study Centre) - our apple panel
  • The Andover Museum Loft Singers, Paul Sartin and Jon Wilks
  • Gus, Emily and everyone from Stockbridge Young Farmers Club
  • Mayor and Mayoress Buckley and the Town Clerks
  • Linda and Jade at BDBC
  • Whitchurch residents who attended or helped their neighbours pick apples
  • and of course all the Friends of QEII Daniel Park who gave me the benefit of the doubt...

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


apple decay of the making of cider - Stock ImageAfter this Saturday’s apple pressing, we will have a lot of pulp (pomace) to give away.

It makes wonderful compost, so do please bring a bucket and take some away with you.

If you know anyone who keeps pigs, let them know about it too – they love it.

Enquiries: 07979 908004

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

What kind of apples do you have? Help is at hand

Would you like to know what apple variety you have in your garden?

Image result for clip art apple question markWe are delighted to announce that there will be a panel of Apple Experts at Saturday’s event.  Sparsholt College’s Chris Bird (MHort (RHS), NCH, Cert Ed, MIHort) and David Graty (Gardener at Minstead Study Centre) will be on hand to identify your apples.

Just bring along up to 6 apples of a typical size, some leaves, a twig or two and a photo of your tree.  If you can, please include an apple that has grown in the shade and one that has grown in full sun.  Also, the king fruit (the largest one at the centre of a cluster) is a useful identifier.

Voluntary donations for the service will go towards Friends of Whitchurch Primary School (FOWPS).