We could press that day, but it would mean that someone (in fact, two someones) would have to have the Friday off to pick up apples and a press (given that the apples and the press come from different places).
If we could press on the 18th, that would be easier, although probably not what Kath wants.
ALL HAIL THE SE1 CIDERMAKERS' FRIEND, MR RICHARD BURNS!!!!!
Just spoken to Richard (who runs Cheers of Cheam, a fine man and a fine brewing shop which is a good plac eto pick up any fermenters/demijohns and sundries that anyone might need).
He remembers us, he still has a press and two scratters for hire, and he's booked them out for us to pick up on Friday 17th Oct and return on Monday 19th Oct, for £25.
I'll put up a proper post later, with some more details of what else we need to get sorted out, but couldn't wait to share this great news.
(@billiangel: your Cov Gdn idea is a good one, but after several years of trying, I'd eat my own cidermaking hat if they could source yer actual cider apples. There aren't many of them grown; nearly all the ones which are grown are already sold years in advance, or are spoken for in other ways; and on rare occasions when you do find some available, you either have to pick them yourselves - which we've done in the past but don't have time to do this year - or you have to pay someone so much to pick them for you that it's prohibitively expensive. We used desert and cooking fruit last year, and - largely because we got good clean fruit, imho - it made good cider. Using eaters and cookers is also the Southern tradition, which is another good reason to stick with that, to my mind. Plus, there are some apple trees in SE1 which are just begging to be picked and added into the mix.)