Another village activity affected by this year’s weather has been the Cyder Club.
The conditions have severely affected many fruit trees and the apple crop has been the poorest for many years. As a result, the Club’s foraging and pressing activities took much less time than expected.
There was no need for a Friday evening pressing session and on Saturday it was all over by lunchtime. At least this meant that the excellent lunch, brilliantly hosted as usual by the Hipwells, was a very relaxed affair.
Production of juice was limited to 135 gallons, down by 75% on normal years. It is hoped that reserves will cover the Club members’s needs in the coming year.