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Village fails in apple peel record attempt
11:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
A BID to set a new record for the longest unbroken apple peel failed to materialise last week at the Seavington Shop and Café.
The fun event was all part of a day of activities at the shop to celebrate national Apple Day.
The record for the longest stretch of apple peel stands at 37ft, and the Seavington winner on Friday was shop volunteer Pauline Woodward with a valiant effort of 7ft.
Village tree warden Ry Coff-man demonstrated making apple juice and gave customers samples of fresh juice, and discussed the pros and cons of different varieties, explaining how to keep home-made juice.
Food and drinks producers Sally Ann’s Cakes, Sausage Shed Sausages, Burrow Hill and Perry’s Cider provided samples of apple-based products while the café put on a special menu featuring apples and delicious home-made apple pies.
Artistic people were able to print greetings cards using apples and several marvellous designs were created much to the surprise of the makers.
The shop was decorated with apples and apple bunting, and a display of 20 varieties of apple welcomed customers.
Shoppers stopping for afternoon tea were treated to a selection of readings by poet and broadcaster James Crow-den from his books Ciderland and Cider – The forgotten Mira-cle.
An evening event at the Mil-lennium Hall was organised by Jo Mills with a talk by award-winning cider producer Julian Temperley, who spoke about the revival of cider distilling in Somerset.
All proceeds from the day went towards Jo’s fundraising efforts to complete partitioning work between the community-run shop and café.
Jo said: “A welcome £300 was added to the fund. I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make the day such a success, and James and Julian for generously visiting and giving us their time.”