Apple Day was celebrated for the third time on Sunday at St Ives Community Orchard. The event was enjoyed by hundreds of people from St Ives and beyond.
This year Apple Day had the feel of a festival with stalls ranging from ‘bat the rat’ to foraged based cocktails. There were a variety of crafts to try your hand at including making; copper jewellery, yarn mandalas, bird feeders & bee hotels. Slacklining and hula hooping were tried by young and old. All the activities were reasonably priced or free (a rare occurrence at most public events these days)
Despite the periodic mizzle, live music played and the cocktail bar run by Josh from Wild St Ives was busy. Cider flowed and apples were pressed thanks to St Ives Cider and pizza’s were made to order and cooked in 30 seconds flat in the cob oven. The event carried on long into the evening with festoon lights, fire & food.
Roelof Uys, head potter at The Leach Pottery, helped people to create pinch pots that were fired under the bonfire in a mixture of straw, broken pottery and seaweed. Leach potter, Shannon Barlett-Smith also created 12 pottery mugs decorated with apples to be sold on the day.
In total £960 was raised all of which will go towards improving the Orchard. A huge thank you to everyone involved in helping us to raise so much money. Thank you also to Cornwall Councillor Andrew Mitchell for funding the event from the Community Chest grant, to Stennack Co-op for donating all the tea, coffee & chocolates for prizes & St Ives Tesco for providing all the ingredients for the pizzas. It was a wonderful day and it was great to see so many people enjoying our wonderful space.”