Borrow our kit!

SCOG has an apple press and other essential cider making equipment; we are happy to loan this out to groups for events. Click here

Join us!
If you could offer a few hours a month you could be just the person we are looking for. We need help at our planning meetings at the Crown Hotel (third Wednesday of each month) and at events like our Apple Day and workshops, or in our community orchard in Christchurch Close. You'll certainly learn more about our fantastic local apple heritage, help to preserve and promote it, and work with an enthusiastic and friendly volunteer team. So please email SCOGchair@gmail.com for more information.
Meetings

There is a meeting at 7.30pm every third Wednesday of the month at The Crown Hotel. All welcome.


SCOG is reviving the old English custom of Apple Orchard Wassailing. It is traditionally held on the old Twelfth Night (17 January) as a ritual to ask for a good apple harvest. The villagers form a circle around the largest apple tree, hang pieces of toast soaked in cider in the branches for the robins, who represent the ‘good spirits’ of the tree. Pots and pans are banged loudly to scare away evil spirits and the group sings. Wassail is a hot, mulled punch often associated with Yuletide drunk from a ‘wassailing bowl’. The drink is often mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, topped with slices of toast as sops and drunk by all the wassailers from a large communal bowl.

 

Events

Wed 15th November 2017
Monthly meeting to include talk on cider making around Europe.
Wed 20th December 2017
Monthly meeting to include talk on local community gardening project.
Sat 6th January 2018
Wassail.

Sat 17th February 2018
Prune & graft workshop.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL PROGRAM OF EVENTS

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Stamford Community Orchard Group 2017