Once called “A Village
in an Orchard”, Upton Snodsbury was famous for hundreds of years
for it’s orchards. Apple, pear, damson and plum trees proliferated
and supplied fruit, cider and produce for market as well as for
home and the workers in the fields.
In 2006 it was decided to hold an Apple Fest in
the village hall to help raise funds to build the Upton Snodsbury
Parish Park on Cutts Roller Orchard. Although the field was named
an orchard no fruit trees had grown there for a long time. Apple
Fest was later renamed Apple Day to fit in with the Common
Ground Apple Day celebrations around the country.
This celebration was a great success. People from
the community joined in with the apple picking in the parish orchards
in preparation for Apple Day which were found to be very enjoyable
events in their own right.
On 14th Oct 2006 the Apple Day celebration was
held in the Village Hall. Foxes Border Morris Dancers performed
Snodsbury Stick Dance" to great amusement. There was
an “apple doctor” who identified strange apples and displayed over
20 local varieties. The apple refreshments were consumed in huge
quantities, as were the hot pork and apple rolls, and Upton Snodsbury
C of E First School supplied colourful apple art. The apple
games helped everyone get sticky and wet (including apple bobbing,
apple on a string, and longest peel) and the tremendous variety
of apple based home produce was sold very quickly. The apple
juice pressing was especially popular, with enthusiastic tasting
of the juice from the various local apples.
The 2006 Apple Day was so successful that another Apple Day was
held in 2007.
Apple Day this year
17th October 2009