Hundreds celebrate Apple Day in Winterbourne

October 22 2019
Hundreds celebrate Apple Day in Winterbourne

A CELEBRATION of the West Country's favourite fruit drew hundreds of people to Winterbourne Community Centre.

Winterbourne and District Community Association hosted the Apple Day celebrations usually held at Winterbourne Medieval Barn while the historic site undergoes restoration.

And as well as a host of apple-related activities the event showcased what WADCA has to offer and aimed to inspire people to get involved.

Volunteers from the medieval barn were there with a wide range of different apple varieties for people to try, and activities for children including apple bobbing on offer. There were also plenty of refreshments following the theme, from hot roast pork and apple rolls and apple tart to apple juice and cider.

Some of the regular groups who use the venue were represented, among them the Wellbeing Group, Scrabble Club, Winterbourne Players, Short Mat Bowls and Karate club.



WADCA chairman Mavis Campbell said: "It was wonderful to see WADCA full of families and people of all ages having fun and getting a taste of some of the many groups, clubs and activities which take place at the community centre. We hope they will come and join us again soon."

Outdoors there were fairground rides, splat-the-rat, and archery. Indoors were the games you’d find at a traditional English fete, including name the teddy, lucky dip, and guess the number of grains of rice in the bottle. The answer to the latter was 1,307 which happens to be the year that William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head, according to legend. The closest guess was 1,301.

There was plenty of entertainment all day, with Winterbourne Musical Theatre singing some songs from this year’s panto, which will be staged at WADCA. The Frampton Shantymen, REDDS dance school and the Balkany Band joined the line-up.

WADCA offers all kinds of groups and activities from Zumba to scrabble.

The committee have worked hard to provide a safe environment for people with dementia and the main corridor is decorated as a ‘memory walk’ leading to an enclosed garden.



As the Voice reported last year, it has new toilets funded by a donation from lottery winners Shirley and Denis Banfield.

Soon, however, WADCA will be without a chairperson, and someone is needed as soon as possible to shadow the role before taking over. It would suit someone who retired recently and has experience of managing people and budgets.

Anyone interested should get in touch with WADCA via or by calling 01454 776268. More information on all WADCA activities can be found online at