Colwall Orchard Group
Restoring, promoting and celebrating traditional orchards
Colwall Orchard Trust Ltd, known as Colwall Orchard Group, is a company limited by guarantee (registration no. 07495461) and a charity (registration no. 1142573)
Record breaking turnout at Colwall Wassail!
We had 400 at the Colwall Wassail, which was wonderful - thanks to everyone who came for the great atmosphere and verve!
Formal thanks go to Blue Cedar Homes, who sponsored the event, Rick James and Leslie Hitchin who donated the sausage rolls, Old Meg for performing at the Stone, and of course our inestimable celebrity Butler!
Events like this don't happen by themselves, almost 40 volunteers were involved in organising and running the event and huge thanks go to all of them, especially to Andy and Wendy who did most of the organising.
Next year's Wassail will be on 14th January, be there or be disappointed!
Apple Day we had a great day on 17th October.
This year for the first time, Colwall Orchard Group celebrated Apple Day at its own community orchard on Old Church Road. We juiced a lot of apples, most from trees and orchards in Colwall, but with visitors from across Herefordshire, and made a lot of delicious fresh apple juice. There was a display of Colwall apples and pears, refreshments, sales of preserves and children's games, with the apple catapult being a particular success.
The centrepiece of the event was Award winning willow sculptor Victoria Westaway, who helped the visitors (children and parents) to create a giant apple sculpture, which now graces the children's' play area. Music was provided throughout the day by young violinist Rowan Crawley.
Here is a gallery of photos.
Our Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project visit this week was to Breinton, where Tim helped Hereford Community Farm folk to tag all the trees in their cider orchard, and collect apples for identification. This will help them know which trees to pick, and when, to produce good juice.
We also found an oyster fungus.
19th and 22nd September - Digital Story Telling workshop with the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project where we learnt to make a short film with a montage of photos together with voiceover, music and captions.
Helen hopes to share her Wassailing film with us later!
20th September - our third 'morning in the orchard'.
We had a good turn out so managed to make repairs to the Shed, install badger gates and tend our 2 tree nurseries.
It was a lovely morning and we all enjoyed cake supplied by Jamie (aged 11)
Saturday 12th September - National Moth night proved to be a lovely evening and we had a great BBQ round the firepit. We set out with high hopes for our new moth trap equipment and mothing tent - purchased courtesy of grants from Ernest Cook Trust and the John Spedan Lewis Foundation. Unfortunately the night was so clear that not many moths were tempted down to our moth traps and sugar. Our best sighting was a Red underwing captured the previous night, which stayed on the sugar solution for over an hour.
Sunday 11th September - our first pruning session for the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project, out at Model Farm, Hildersley near Ross on Wye.
more info to follow on the next sessions here and at the other two orchards where we are helping out as part of the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project
Sunday 16th August - our second 'morning in the orchard' for volunteers from Colwall Allotment Association and Colwall Orchard Group to get the community orchard in order. There was a good turnout and lots of good work was done - thanks to everyone who turned out.
Monday 10th August - our second honey harvest this season - 25 jars of honey. We'll have the honey on sale at Colwall Apple Day on 17th October.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August : we had stalls at the Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Show and the Colwall Charity Day. Thanks to everyone who came to visit and bought our preserves.
19th July: we held our first volunteer day in the orchard to build some steps up to the far kissing gate and try to get on top of site maintenance. We only had 8 volunteers (mostly the usual suspects), but we managed to complete the steps and get a long way through our list of jobs. We then relaxed over an excellent BBQ with Friday beer and local cider.
10th July: The Anne McCue concert was amazing, sadly, most of you missed it!
Monday 15th June: The Colwall Beavers came to the Village Garden to plant pumpkins and use our new Firepit
Sunday 7th June: we had a stall at the Hellens Garden festival, where we sold most of our first crop of this year's honey (there are still 2 jars left!). Tim gave a talk on orchard pruning. Lovely event!
Saturday 23rd May - we had a lovely evening for our inaugural firing of the new fire pit and 30 members and friends came along to enjoy our BBQ and drinks.
Thursday 21st May: we had a wonderful day with Class 1 from Colwall Primary School, who visited to do bug hunts and art. They particularly enjoyed 'rolling in the choobs' and had a good play in the sandpit aka the firepit!
Saturday 16th August: we finished the Fire pit (many thanks to Trafford Hall for the grant to enable us to make such a wonderful structure). Thanks also to all those who helped in particular to Deb, Helen, Laurence and Graham who dug the pit, John Fallas, Deb and Pam who did the bricklaying, to Deb and Ron for cutting the slabs and to Deb and Tim for laying them.
Monday 20th April: Tim will be giving a talk to Colwall Village Society "From Little Pips - the story of Colwall' s Orchards" 7:30 at the Village Hall: if you are a newish recruit, why not come and see what we have achieved since we started!
Thursday 9th April 7:00 for 7:30pm: Kongero in concert at the village hall. A second chance to see these astonishing singers from Sweden perform traditional Swedish folk music. Their music is characterized by tight harmonies, inciting rhythms and the clarity of their beautiful voices. With their voices moving together in tight harmony or intertwining in a whirling tempo, Kongero draws traditional Swedish music from out of the past and into the present. Their repertoire consists of traditional and self-penned songs and tunes arranged by the members. Kongero tells tales of life, with moving love songs, dramatic mediaeval ballads, witty ditties, and spirited dances. IT WAS GREAT!!!!
Wednesday 25th March: AGM at the Alehouse - come and join us for a quick romp through the formalities before sausage rolls, cake and drinks of your choice. After our Social break, Karen Humphries of the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project will tell us more about the project and COG's important role as the hub for Herefordshire.
Thursday 19th March: Grant Application to HLF: we submitted our grant application to the JHLF Our Heritage grant stream. Click here to read all about it.
January 2015: Silurian Border Morrismen joined the Colwall Wassail! It was a magical evening and we have already had lots of good feedback. We are already planning the next one, which will be on 16th January 2016 - put in your diary now! Next year's Butler has already been appointed, but we will need a new Tom Tit and perhaps a new Cider nymph.
December 2014: thanks to everyone who frequented the Mistletoe Fair. This year, the takings from mistletoe and preserves over the Christmas period were over £1,000 - all due to go towards paying off the debt from buying our Community Orchard. Our most lucrative sales are to people living further afield without ready access to Mistletoe, with £120 coming in from selling 30 bunches to someone running a sale for Macmillan down south. So if anyone has friends or relatives living elsewhere who might be interested in taking mistletoe for fund raising purposes next year, please let us know.
November 2014: We have joined Easyfundraising: Click here to help us raise funds for COG.We have just joined Easy Fundraising - a way of using your everyday shopping to persuade key retailers, including eBay, to make donations to our group. You just do your ordinary shopping through the Easyfunding website, and the retailers donate up to 3% of the value of your purchase to the group - it even works for online supermarket food shopping, so if you do a weekly order on line, you could help COG at the same time. It's really easy, especially as you can download a reminder bar, and with Christmas on the way, we could raise a lot of money for the Group. Click here to find out more.
September 2014: The Malvern Hills AONB has been awarded funds from HLF for a Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project. Colwall Orchard Group will play a key role as 'hub' for Herefordshire.