I've helped out in previous years at a cider making / apple day / open day at One Tree Hill Honor Oak Park - bread baking in the cob oven, prepping the apples for the press, and drinking cider ..... but I always seem to have missed out on a taste of the cider that was then made :-) ..... so would be up for it.
Though more traditionally Apple Day is at or around October 21st.
(and bye the bye, Oak Apple Day is not the same. It was established to celebrate / commemorate the restoration of Charles II - not necessarily an unalloyed event '.......for keeping of a perpetual Anniversary, for a Day of Thanksgiving to God, for the great Blessing and Mercy he hath been graciously pleased to vouchsafe to the People of these Kingdoms, after their manifold and grievous Sufferings, in the Restoration of his Majesty, with Safety, to his People and Kingdoms: And that the Nine-and-twentieth Day of May, in every Year, being the Birth Day of his Sacred Majesty, and the Day of his Majesty's Return to his Parliament, be yearly set apart for that Purpose.')
At One Tree Hill/South London Permaculture, Merlyn would collect surplus apples from all over (South London, into Surrey, Kent etc), and others would bring bags along from their trees - so all went in - eating and cooking varieties, but I fancy not many traditional cider-making ones.
I joined in the 1 Tree Hill cider pressing once (2 yrs ago? or 3 yrs ago? not quite sure). It was a great afternoon. I was even lucky enough to taste some of their 2007 cider (at the 2008 Apple Day at Surrey Docks City Farm). It was very good. Eating-apple-cider at its appley best.
You'd be very welcome to come and join in with us this year, as would anyone else.
I like being part of Team Jac or any other team really - that way I don't have to worry about where to keep the bottle (or whatever you call that glass thing), about forgetting to put that other stuff in the bottle or anything else that I can readily forget!!
Should we have a cider meet up soon? If we're going to go ahead, then we need to make sure that we've got enough people who can commit time to doing the various jobs (picking up and returning the press, fetching the apples, etc).
I'm very keen to get involved and do my bit again, but if I'm going to be useful I probably need to get working on it right now. Ivanhoe Jnr is due quite soon, so I don't think I'll have much time to do cider organising unless we get a wiggle on now.