South Court Environmental – Dates For Your Diary

Fruit Fools Day

Friday 28th September  Abington Lodge in ‘The Barn’.                                 6.00 – 8.00

It’s that time again. SCE has been collecting in our fruit crops from its many sites. There’ll be a dozen different fruit fools to sample. How it works is that you ‘compose your own’. Mix this fruit with that fruit (if you like). Add herbs or spices (or not). Add sugar or honey (or not). Add various creams and custards (or not). Then try again, a different combination. Which will be your top fruit fool?

This is for all ages and all-comers. It costs you £2 to join in but there’s no limit on the combinations you can try. Or come with the children – just £1 for them or less if they’ve already eaten!

And there’ll be our jams and chutneys and honeys on sale there as well, all of them produced from our local lands, all of them organic.

 

SCE’s Apple Day

Sunday 21st October     Abington Lodge: At the ‘The Barn’ and Orchard.     2.00 – 5.00

Apple Day is our celebration of all-things-apple. There’ll be thousands of apples of many many different varieties to try. With your help we’ll be juicing the apples too so there’ll be bottled juice as take-homes. Bottled sunshine! Maybe some bottled pear juice too. There’ll be honey and jams etc. on sale as well.

And events such as ‘Apple Bobbing’ and ‘Longest Peel’ and apple games to play. And if you want them some more serious bits as well: Learn how the Abington Lodge Orchard came to be there, the history and status of orchards in our area, how orchards are good for wildlife, and so on. The three SCE booklets ‘Tomfoolery for Orchards’ will also be on sale. And – just perhaps – you may decide to come and help us for the following year in our apple work and apple celebrations. You could ask us about that when you come. There is no charge for this event, though your donation will be most welcome.

 

Spuds & Sparklers

Friday 2nd November    In SCE’s Wilsons’ Orchard off Billing Rd East.         6.00 – 8.00

This is SCE’s annual ‘junior’ Guy Fawkes and Community Fire Ceremony. So bring the children. (Note that all children you bring should be under 85 years old.) Our advice is that you come with wellies, warm clothing and a torch or, better still, a lantern. There will be fireworks – nothing too scary – and of course a Bonfire. And roast spuds and probably ghost stories and other things. It would be good if you could make up some tales of your own please. Then your stories could join our own. (btw Do you know why it’s the time of year for a Fire Ceremony? You could look that up beforehand but we’ll tell you by the end of the events anyway.) £1 in the tin if you please.

 

SCE’s End-of-Year ‘Bash’

Wednesday 19th December              ‘Up In The Barn’ at Abington Lodge      6.30 – 9.00

For this year’s bash we’re in collaboration with Transition Town Northampton. They’ll be there too. Yule-tide has a long and rather topsy-turvy history and we’ll be celebrating that strangeness with you joining in on it e.g.  Ancient and lesser-known carols; our Mumming Play; some Victorian Games and Puzzles; Music and Magic. Apart from that, there is, of course, the food, the drink, and the chat. £1 in the tin if you please.

 

Want to Know More?

Tel (office hours please)  01604 630719

mobile 077 842 01352          email nalder.peter@talktalk.net

5th September – South Court Environmental

Guest Speaker Peter Nalder

We enjoyed a fascinating and eye-opening talk on the 5th September from the extremely knowledgeable (and irrepressible) Peter Nalder from the South Court Environmental group showed just how they have got to work over the last 25 years on their three themes of biodiversity, Community and Land and Organic Food.

Members were impressed with what SCE is achieving in their work with volunteers and with older people as part of the Community thread, the informed work sustaining biodiversity in their two orchards and their gardens where (Local) they grow Organic food.

The closely related Aims and objectives (by any other name) of the SCE and TTN together with the shared conviction that local action is the way to go to truly make a difference, as SCE clearly are, opens up the possibility of a closer relationship between SCE and TTN in the future.

Peter invited TTN to consider becoming a Group Member of SCE and that is something we will consider carefully with a view to bringing this to a future meeting for discussion.

South Court Environmental have a host of events coming up, including

Fruit Fools Day on the 28th September

There’ll be a dozen different fruit fools to sample. How it works is that you ‘compose your own’. Mix this fruit with that fruit (if you like). Add herbs or spices (or not). Add sugar or honey (or not). Add various creams and custards (or not). Then try again, a different combination. Which will be your top fruit fool?

This is for all ages and all-comers. It costs you £2 to join in but there’s no limit on the combinations you can try. Or come with the children – just £1 for them or less if they’ve already eaten!

Apple Day on 21st October

There’ll be thousands of apples of many many different varieties to try. With your help we’ll be juicing the apples too so there’ll be bottled juice as take-homes. Bottled sunshine! Maybe some bottled pear juice too. There’ll be honey and jams etc. on sale as well.

And events such as ‘Apple Bobbing’ and ‘Longest Peel’ and apple games to play

Spuds & Sparklers Friday 2nd November

This is SCE’s annual ‘junior’ Guy Fawkes and Community Fire Ceremony. So bring the children. (Note that all children you bring should be under 85 years old.) Our advice is that you come with wellies, warm clothing and a torch or, better still, a lantern. There will be fireworks – nothing too scary – and of course a Bonfire.

Transition Town has been invited to South Court Environmental’s End-of-Year ‘Bash’

Wednesday 19th December

‘For this year’s bash we’re in collaboration with Transition Town Northampton. They’ll be there too. Yule-tide has a long and rather topsy-turvy history and we’ll be celebrating that strangeness with you joining in on it e.g. > Ancient and lesser-known carols; our Mumming Play; some Victorian Games and Puzzles; Music and Magic. Apart from that there is of course the food, the drink and the chat. £1 in the tin if you please.