What a brilliant day at West Ealing Family Day!

Wow what a great day today! We sold over 100 cups of our freshly pressed apple juice and all my 50 toffee apples were sold! We had loads of volunteers chopping, pressing, straining, selling, leafleting, chatting, laughing and generally enjoying themselves! Here are some pictures of the event, I’ll post more over the next few days.

Conrad pressing apples and junior helpers!
Onlookers keen to see what we were doing with our apples!
The kids were having a great time trying out our apples press!
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Crowds milling around the stall and buying our delicious apples juice too!
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West Ealing Family Day Saturday 23rd October 9am – 4pm

West Ealing Neighbours, local businesses and traders and the Council have joined together to put on the first ever West Ealing Family Day. Across the centre of West Ealing in Leeland Road, Melbourne Avenue and St James Avenue we will be putting on a series of events and activities for all the family. The three streets will be differently themed:

Leeland Road will have a specially extended farmers’ market with apples as a theme (it’s Apple Day on October 21st). There will be an exhibition of over 100 rare and different varieties of apple, cider tasting, apple and spoon racing and an apple juicing demonstration

Melbourne Avenue will be for food and entertainment with a stage set up for a variety of local music and dance events as well as children’s entertainment and food stalls

St James Avenue is all about what people local people are producing, whether its crafts or artworks, and will play host to the first ever street craft market in West Ealing. We will be busy making apple and pear juice all pressed from locally picked fruit and St James Church will house an art exhibition by the Brent Lodge Park Arts Collective – a collective of artists with and without learning difficulties. The Church will also open its cafe where you can put your feet up and try locally made cakes and sandwiches. There’s also kids activities in the Church including a kidzone play area, face painting and singing!

Please do come along and support us and help make this first ever Family Day a success… and, if it’s a success, maybe we can gain enough support to make it an annual event.

Abundance Fruit Day, Saturday October 16th 2010 11-3pm, Chiswick, at St Michael and All Angels, just by Turnham Green tube

Abundance London has been working with local schools, tree owners, community groups and volunteers to map, harvest and use hundreds of kilos of fruit that usually goes to waste. Now it’s time to celebrate. Come to our first Abundance Fruit Day and make juice, stock up on local preserves and cakes, and generally celebrate the glories of locally grown fruit.

– We have a huge 60-litre fruit press to turn our 500kilo fruit mountain into juice. Local schools have been picking for the last few weeks to ensure a good supply, but if you have fruit going to waste, bring it along. Come and stock up on organic, local, fresh fruit juice just pressed then and there… and have a go at the press yourself.

– apple games. Can we beat the record for the longest fruit peel? Come and try your chance. Let the kids do Fruit Boot Camp (apple bobbing, rhubarb baton relay, crab apple and spoon races, etc) and then console themselves with a toffee apple.

– plant swap – need to divide your herbaceous perennials, got spare strawberry runners, rooted your grape vines? Bring your plants along and swap (or buy if you haven’t anything to swap). Stall run by Chiswick House Walled Garden.

– jam-making workshop. Learn about ‘setting points’ and how easy and fun it really is from expert jam-maker Carola Schulman. Stock up on grape jelly, quince membrillo, damson and greengage jams and much more. Cooking equipment specialists Whisk will also be on hand to provide advice and equipment.

– apple expert. Check out different locally-grown varieties and find out how to look after your own trees. Stock up on local apples – loads of interesting old varieties available. Orchard expert Steve Oram from PTES will be on hand for advice.

– craft stall. Apple pressing with a difference – decorate tea towels, aprons and have fun making useful and attractive fruity gifts. And Bird, the specialists in found objects and furniture rehab will be displaying a selection of their quirky goods.

– seasonal refreshments. Sam’s Brasserie will be making pumpkin soup, Outsider Tart is bringing quince cakes, Brian is selling his local honey. And there will be loads of home made preserves, crumbles and other goodies made from the fruit harvested in Chiswick over the last weeks.

– bicycle-powered smoothie. Pedal hard to earn your reward.

Timetable:

12 noon Mary McLeod, MP, will be pressing juice

12.30 – 1.30 Fruit Camp races

2pm onwards Jam workshop

Sponsors include Eco Age, Outsider Tart, Sam’s Brasserie, London Borough of Hounslow

For further information, check out our website at

Apple Picking at Walmer Gardens

Ealing Council own a lovely little orchard that is right next to Walmer Gardens. Normally locked up, a very friendly park ranger gave us the keys to pick the apples. We got there a bit late as there were lots of windfall but managed to salvage a fair few and picked the 3 trees that still had eating apples. Most went to the soup kitchen at St Johns and the remainder are now in store for our Abundance fruit pressing as part of West Ealing Family day on the 23rd October. Some pictures of the pick…

Yummy apples at Walmer Gardens!
Pauly picking apples! And only 3 1/2 too!
Pauly looking glum at the end of the apple pick!

west ealing family day saturday 23rd october 10am – 4pm

West Ealing Neighbours are working with Ealing Council and local traders to bring you a the first of what I hope will be an annual event in West Ealing. Tying in nicely with apple day on October 21st http://www.commonground.org.uk/

There will be activities on Leeland Road from 9am-1pm at the Farmers Market; dancing & music in Melbourne Avenue and through to St James Avenue a craft fair as well as West Ealing Neighbours stalls, including Abundance making and selling bottled apple juice! There will also be other activities apple related that we are currently working on so look on here to get up to date information.

In St James Church there will be a cake stall, coffees & teas and sandwiches too. I can vouch for the cakes, they are delicious and hopefully some will be apple themed too!