Apple Day at Wellow Institute, Saturday October 20th

Nearly a hundred people visited Wellow Institute when Wellow Millennium Green Committee hosted its first Apple Day celebration, a happy occasion.

Apple Day - Wellow Institute
On display were 22 different heritage varieties of apples, ranging from little ‘Pigs Nose Pippins’ and brightly coloured Victorian ‘Lady Sudeleys’ to giant ‘Costards’ and ‘Leathercoat Russets’, both dating back to Tudor times. This summer’s sun has produced well coloured apples with high sugar levels, giving plenty of flavours for Apple Day visitors to sample. 

Apple Day - Wellow Institute
Visitors appreciated being able to watch Sally Wibley, a botanical artist who grew up in Wellow, working on a delicate painting of a ‘Scarlet Nonpareil’ apple.

An apple press was in action giving people an opportunity to try fresh apple juice, before it starts the process of being made into cider. 

Judging - Apple Day - Wellow Institute
The cake competition drew 6 children’s entries for best decorated cup cakes, with Jamie the winner Entries for Best Family Cake were judged on flavour by Chairman Mick Franklin and past Chair Mike Gable. 

The three winners were declared to be, Jill Cowley, first prize, Ali Osman, second prize and Helena Hewston in third place.

Plans for the Armistice Centenary Orchard were on show, with a list and descriptions of apple varieties to be planted. The provisional planting date is the weekend of Saturday November 24th and Sunday 25th, when all offers of help will be appreciated. As the weather needs to be ‘open’ the dates and times will be confirmed nearer to that weekend. 

Toffee apples, apple chutney and orchard marmalade were on sale as well as teas, coffees and plenty of homemade cakes with all proceeds going to support the maintenance of Wellow Millennium Green.

We look forward to welcoming everyone and any new apple enthusiasts next year October 19th 2019!

Jill Cowley for Wellow Millennium Green Committee.