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Volunteers make Bridport Apple Day one to remember
THE sixth annual Bridport Community orchard apple day was such a success because of the many people who volunteered their help.
Jill Lloyd, chairman of the orchard apple group, especially paid tribute to the Bridport Town Council team, under the leadership of town surveyor Daryl Chambers.
She said: “They delivered and put up the tents and tables and provided great support all year, working in partnership with the orchard team.”
She also acknowledged the help of the Walditch WI, which ran the café in Church House; and thanked the generosity of local producers, especially Denhay and Ford Farms and Leakers, which contributed to a good profit for the orchard funds.
She added: “The orchard group’s regular team of volunteers and some new most welcome ones, worked hard to make it all run smoothly, with the apple juicing team, the cafe in the orchard.
“The children had a lot of fun activities including pond dipping, apple bobbing, a quiz written and run by Evelyn Dilke, our youngest volunteer aged six, and a glorious den making area.”
The Dorset Wildlife Trust ran a workshop making bat, bee and bird boxes, funded by a grant from the Bridport Environment Group, which was popular.
The Dorset apple cake competition attracted about a dozen entries, and was judged by Vanessa Hughes.
There were displays of scything, spinning, and honey tasting from the orchard.
Transition Town Bridport ran a human fruit machine game and Groves Garden Centre lent hay bales for sitting on, and, along with Elwell Fruit Farm were generous in their support, advice and information about apples.
The Transition Town human fruit machine.
The entertainment was provided by The Bucky Don’ts Ukulele group, musicians Mitch Norman, Matt Benjamin, and groups the Yellow Room and Up and Running, and story tellers Margie Barbour, and later Martin Maudsley.
West Milton and the Stable ciders also added to the conviviality.
Mrs Lloyd added: “The day was a financial success, as well as an enjoyable community event, and the support of the people of Bridport and surrounding area as well as visitors from further away, is much appreciated.”
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