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First Blackdown Hills Repair Cafe

Last Saturday 24th March, the Blackdown Hills Transition Group held their first Repair Cafe in Hemyock Memorial hall from 10am to 12 noon. The concept of  the Repair Cafe comes from Holland where the inaugural event was held in Amsterdam, on October 18th, 2009.  The principle is that rather than throw broken items into landfill, people bring these things to be repaired or mended thus giving them new life.

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A dozen people volunteered their time to do the repairing. Two did sewing repairs, another repaired computers.

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People repaired bicycles, woodwork, electrical items, garden tools, leather work and upholstery for example.

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Many items were repaired in the two hours and 50 people turned up including the local MP.  Neil took the photos and generally helped with the administration .

The morning was a great success, so much so that another Repair Cafe is going to take place on Saturday 26th May in the same hall. So if you have something that needs mending you know where to come.

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Apple pressing days October 2014

The Autumn is the time when the apples are at their best and through the Blackdown Hills Transition Group a couple of apple pressing days were organised this month.  The first was held at Otterhead Lodge, next to Otterhead Lakes.  We had quite a few Bramley apples from when we had to cut down the tree for the builders to dig drains across the lawn, so we took them along.  Neil’s sister Carole was with us too, and she helped in the first stage which was crushing the apples.

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We then took the crushed apples over to the presses.  The first stage is load the crushed apple into the bag in the press and then tighten.

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As you screw down, pressure is exerted on the crushed apple and the juice comes out the bottom.

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The juice is brown in colour as it has oxidised in the air.  when we had pressed all our apple pulp we used jugs to transfer it into plastic bottles that could then go into the freezer.

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If you don’t freeze it but leave it out for a few days it will start to ferment and turn into cider.

There was a nice atmosphere at Otterhead, with a camp fire, music,  and food and refreshments provided by some of folk from Stentwood community whose apple pressing day was the following weekend.

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So this last weekend was Stentwood’s turn to host apple pressing.  They had several marquees set up in case of inclement weather, but Sunday was sunny and a lovely day.  They were serving their wood fired pizzas, with warm spiced apple juice – delicious!!

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They also had a craft tent, a tent where you could try and then buy different types of apples, and live music.

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Again a lovely atmosphere and a nice way to wend away a couple of hours.

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