It was me that mentioned the probable existance of a local orchard. You could definitely find out from BOST. I'll try them if you like, I know the folks down there, and you can ring R&S. The other place that already has an orchard is Surrey Docks City Farm, as described in the Tomatoes thread. They probably use all their apples but I expect they would be would be grateful for a press. They have a Produce project where adults with learning difficulties make produce from the stuff grown at the farm. I know those folks too so will give them a ring right now.
I dont imagine you're 'misunderestimating' Ivanhoe, I just didn't want to offer myself, having v. little spare energy just at the moment, not even enough to make sure theres plenty of ciders, plenty of cider drinkers, and lots of financial contributions made, which seems to me the three essential elements of the evening.
What I do have though, is a considerable quantity of other brewing equipment, which may come in handy at a later stage. And a bit of experience, though not of pressing matters.
Will you still be in the pub at the end of the evening? If so I may pop in after my appointment to watch the lunar eclipse from Stave Hill (8.52 - 10.08 pm if you're not aware).
Actually the hailstorms seem much more exciting than a lunar eclipse so I might go up Stave hill to experience the elements, of whatever type may manifest themselves, in their full glory.
BOST didn't know where this orchard is but I'm still hot on the trail (perhaps James Hatts Super Sleuth will beat me to it) and Surrey Docks farm haven't rung me back yet so I dont yet know whether or not they would be delighted to give a happy home to our potential cider press.
Forgot it was your Bridge night Ivanhoe, I shall pop in if I'm back before 10.30.
Just had an exciting but short conversation with someone at Surrey Docks farm, I think we could have a creative and productive connection there. They are very interested in our ideas and have already tried some cider-making. They would love a press and it sounds like they would put it to great use too. We didnt have time to speak at length but I hope to talk to her again very soon. I'll try to arrange to meet up to talk over some ideas about what we could do together with them, and ways we could learn from them or help them. Will keep you all informed when there's more to say.
And she said the brew they made was a tasty success.
Roll on Autumn, I can smell that appley smell now, its getting nearer!
Do speak to Roots and Shoots, either David or Linda, or do you want me to? They are seriously inspiring and well supported.
I am due to go to a meeting at the Museum of Garden History next week. They sometimes sell old garden implements. Will ask to be alerted if they hear of an old cider press. (Or better still if they know of one we could use.)
Like the idea of a cider tasting. Followed by bridge? If it were chess sounds like it would be a sell-out.
Made a preliminary pitch to the landlord at the Oak last night. Didn't dismiss it out of hand; had some concerns about licensing and the agreement he has with his brewery not to sell anyone else's drink, but hopefully we can get round that. He said he'd have a think about it and let me know next week. Will post more when my head clears