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Monday 26 April 2004 2.59pm
I shall be there from 7.30ish, for those of you who've not met me, I'll be wearing a smock, carrying a pitch-fork, have straw in my bushy red hair and beard, and I'll have a small pig under one arm.
- And you will know us by the trail of empties..........
Monday 26 April 2004 3.12pm
Would love to acquaint myself with a few jugs of apple acohol, only I'll be away in Ludlow (anyone know if they do cider over that way? - north herefordshire so they should do!).

will try to be free for the next bash.
Monday 26 April 2004 3.45pm
If you're going to be in Ludlow, then I recommend a visit to Tommy's (probably has a real name, but in my day no one called it anything else), which is a few sheds round the back of Mr Tommy's farm from which he knocks out bottles (generally 2L plastic ones, often with the old fanta etc labels attached) of cheap and (sometimes) good fruit wine.

Go to Richard's Castle. Ask for Tommy's. Take designated driver.

{Oh, and I'll see you in the Bridge House on Weds, Tharg. Hold tight to that pig.}

Post edited (26 Apr 04 16:50)

...there's plenty more c**** in the cup.
Monday 26 April 2004 3.50pm
hummm, I am the driver! DOH!

... but luckily the itinerary for Thursday gives me the possibility to drive back through Richards Castle, so I'll see what I can get

Post edited (26 Apr 04 17:03)
Monday 26 April 2004 11.23pm
Watch out for them Thames pirates on your way home Jon. Ivanhoe and Tharg sound mighty desperate for a good brew and might be boarding your vessel to confiscate your grog.
Tuesday 27 April 2004 7.46am
Thought. Is there a community organisation out there that would also like a cider press. (Roots and Shoots springs to mind as they have a bee-hive, do willow weaving and sell specialist apple juice at their events, though Vauxhall City Farm, who spin wool, or someone in SE1 proper might be alternatives.) They might look after it, use it for some of their produce (limited), have contacts with other producers and allow SE1 users access for their own scrumped apples.

If there were, I would be happy to contribute 10 towards an important community asset, as in no modern community should be without one. Alternatively I like the idea of an annual SE1 coach-trip to Tharg Towers to press apples (grapes?) and so would happily contribute to that as well.
Tuesday 27 April 2004 10.27am
Ahoy Sarah!

What a (couple of) great ideas. Could I also suggest that no self-respecting park should be without an apple orchard? How about getting subscribers? It might take a few years until there's fruit for cider, but what a legacy to leave. I'll happily help.

With so many great ideas and no table to put them on, could I suggest The Bridge House tomorrow. I hear they have wonderful tables, and cider.
Tuesday 27 April 2004 1.43pm
I've been in touch with Southwark Council, they are going to get back to me regarding the planting of fruit trees in a park, I've also asked about an allotment.
Tuesday 27 April 2004 2.29pm
Hurrah! a council orchard!
Tuesday 27 April 2004 10.13pm
Apparently there is already a community orchard somewhere in these parts, but I'm not sure where it is - could it be Walworth Garden Farm? Or was it something to do with BOST? Also, the Lions Part players who do the seasonal performances, mummers play things, always used to plant an apple tree every year in the green area outside the Bankside power station, but when the old lanscape scheme was bulldosed, the apple trees went too - in spite of all the correct people being informed in plenty of time.

So its obviously high time to have an SE1 orchard - well done Tharg.
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