Every year about this time, the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group hold a Maintenance and Training Day, prior to the forthcoming Apple Fest. The reason for this is to clean and check the various bits of equipment and make sure they all work properly and also to train new members of the Group on how to safely operate the machinery. The day usually ends up with a barbecue.
A damp August Bank Holiday Sunday saw a dedicated group of about twelve people gather in Brian Lamb’s barn where the equipment had been set up away from the rain outside. After a problem over the power supply was fixed it was all hands to the crusher and press. Peter Crozier, the Chairman of the Group, explained the safety rules and how the equipment worked, before new members ‘had a go’ at the various stages of apple pressing.
Meanwhile, the weather cleared and Chief Chef Bev took over the barbecue duties for those were able to stay and he followed this with a musical session on his uke.
|Peter prepares the cheese.|
|Ruth brings some apples.|
|Collecting the juice.|
|Jim takes over the barbecue.|