Pie high hopes for apple day

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Churches in Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse have got together to invite residents to take part in the first Mansfield Woodhouse Apple Day on Sunday 5th October, from 1 to 3pm at the Turner Hall Orchard, in Church Street.

There will be a competition to see who can bake the most “apple-licious” pudding and the free event will also includes a barbecue, and a chance to visit the hives and explore the large mixed orchard in the heart of Mansfield Woodhouse.

The Orchard was planted by St Edmund’s Church, in Mansfield Woodhouse in 2011 and has become an important refuge and community space for the town.

Revd Allan Scrivener, vicar of St Edmund’s is bringing his apple press to help people make the most of their cache.

He said: “Supporting people through our foodbank we know how hard it can be to make ends meet, let alone celebrate the generosity of creation. There are millions of quietly growing edibles all around us in nature. The Apple Day is our way of sharing that goodness with all our neighbours and friends.”

Susie Booth, event organiser and member of St Edmund’s Church said, “What makes an event like this is when the whole community comes together to celebrate and acknowledge the changing of the seasons and the good gifts that come with that – so easy to miss but a delight to pause and enjoy. Apple-bobbing, eating good food, and sharing ideas is what this is all about.”