Apple days in Winterbourne and Coalpit Heath celebrate fruit – and community

October 04 2019
Apple days in Winterbourne and Coalpit Heath celebrate fruit – and community

CELEBRATIONS in honour of the West Country's most famous fruit will also bring communities together.

Apple Day events are being held in Winterbourne and Coalpit Heath this month.

The first is Winterbourne & District Community Association's Apple Day on Sunday October 6, at its community centre in Watley's End Road.

There’ll be apple-bobbing, apple tasting and homemade food and drink in keeping with the theme, with pork and apple rolls, apple crumble and locally-produced apple juice for sale.

An apple-themed colouring competition will also be held and, of course, there will be plenty of cider on offer at the bar, including some new varieties.

The free event, which runs from 11am until 4pm, will also showcase the community centre and all the activities which go on there.

There will be games including a skittles challenge, archery, crafts, splat the rat, name the teddy and face painting.

Visitors will be entertained with live music from the Frampton Shantymen, Winterbourne Musical Theatre and the Balkany Band.

Children can enter colouring and craft competitions. Artwork needs to be done at home and there are five different colouring pictures available, participants can add their own embellishments.

The pictures are on the WADCA website or a hard copy can be collected from the WADCA office. Craft models also need to be made at home and can be of anything classed as a ‘creature’ and made from things ‘lying around’ at home. The only other entry rule is that participants can carry their model on their own.

Entries need to be brought in between 11am and 2pm on the day. There’s a limit of one picture and one model per person, and no rules on age so anyone can enter. However, age will be taken into account when the prize winners are chosen.

For more information about the event visit wadca.co.uk.

Another Apple Day at will be held at Coalpit Heath community garden at Manor Hall from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday October 20. There will be fun facts about apples and local history, a raffle, an accessories stall and a licensed bar selling apple cocktails and apple gin. Entry is £5, including coffee and cake, with children admitted free.

Apple Day is an event which was initiated in 1990 by the charity Common Ground, which aims to promote local distinctiveness. Dismayed at the loss of so many traditional orchards in the UK, it set out to create a new celebration of the fruit. By 2000 the day was celebrated at over 600 events across the country.