Shipton Gorge Heritage









It now seems that we are well through winter as we await storm Doris to arrive.  According to our local weatherman, Robert Cornish, 2016 had 11mm less rainfall than 2015, but 1st Jan 2017 was very wet and we had 11mm of rain.


So what has happened since our last Newsletter.  It seems a long time ago now but APPLE DAY was held on Sunday 23 October.  Fortunately the weather was good and we attracted a good number of visitors.  The events held, bug hotel building, apple limbo, tombola, produce stall, ploughmans lunches, apple peeling, treasure hunt and ring the bull were all successful unlike our attempts to produce apple juice.  We now know what went wrong with our pressing technique and ways to rectify it.  I think that the bugs of Shipton Gorge have never been catered for so well with all the marvellous bug hotels that were built.  Unfortunately many visitors did not see the guess the weight of the logs competition, but we had a worthy winner of the load of logs.  The West Milton Cider Company selling their products went down well and the smell of the mulled cider was truly delicious.  Other village organisations joined us with this event and the Village Hall Trust ran a successful raffle and Natalie produced toffee apples and an apple fishing game on behalf of the Village Society.  We also managed to get good coverage of Apple Day in the Bridport News.


I would like to thank those of you who worked so hard helping to make this event successful either by setting up and clearing up, manning stands, donating bottles, making the fine produce for the stall, helping produce the fine ploughman’s lunches and by coming and supporting the Day.  Thank you all very much.


The Information Board has now been very professionally installed in the Orchard by Steve so many thanks to him.  I trust you have all visited the Orchard and seen it in situ, as it looks rather splendid.  We have a seat to place in the Orchard and plan to put it by the top border.  Spring flowers are appearing in the borders, but there do not appear to be any snowdrops in the upper border and I am sure that there were several clumps last year.  So what has happened to the missing snowdrops?


Colin Chambers unfortunately can no longer mow the Orchard and we will miss this together with all the additional work he undertook for SGH in the Orchard.  Thank you very much Colin.


In the Saunders Wood the second phase of major tree felling has been completed and now we need to maintain the Wood.  The dormouse, bird and bat boxes are being put up, and you can see some from the road and footpath.   We can now only hope that they will be used by the fauna over the years.


The AGM was held on Friday 8 December.  Barbara Chambers has resigned as a trustee.  During her tenure as a trustee, Barbara’s knowledge of all things to do with Orchards has been put to good use.  She has given us much needed guidance and assistance not only with the trees and apple pests but with the borders as well.  Barbara will certainly be missed as a trustee.  This resignation means that there is a vacancy for a trustee so if you are considering volunteering for this role please speak to Mary or me.  


It was also announced at the AGM that we plan to produce a calendar for 2018 and we need your help with this project.  Can I ask you all to take pictures for the calendar or look out ones you already have and we will need the pictures by the end of August.  I know some of you have already been seen striding around the village taking some pictures.



Hilary Cunningham







Sun 22 Oct  Apple Day – this is a day with the theme of Apples that will run from 12 noon to 4pm based in the Village Hall but will also extend to the Orchard, St Martin's Church and its surrounds.  We have invited all the other village organisations to join us to organise apple related activities to make this a fun day for the community and as usual will have lots of FREE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN TO ENJOY.   See our Calendar of events for further details.


Friday 1st December ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  

Agendas will be sent out in early November and we look forward to seeing you all there and afterwards to join us for wine and mince pies.  

AGM Minutes 2016