It’s cider making time again!

Calderdale Local Orchard Group with apple press reading for apple juice and cider making soon at the Stubbing Wharf pub, Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge. Pictured from left are Martin McGarrigle, Jago Hodges, six years old, Jonny Owen and Mark Simmonds.

Calderdale Local Orchard Group with apple press reading for apple juice and cider making soon at the Stubbing Wharf pub, Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge. Pictured from left are Martin McGarrigle, Jago Hodges, six years old, Jonny Owen and Mark Simmonds.

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it’s apple harvesting and cider making time again for the Calderdale Local Orchard group.

Members have collected apples over the past month with the promise of cider in return and apple pressing sessions are now underway.

Scrumping co-ordinator Hannah Nadim said last year’s cider turned out really well and she had great hopes for this year.

“We now have three apple presses and due to the popularity of our apple pressing events, we have been booked for four pressings this year,” she said.

“We are also encouraging people to make cider from their own apples.”

Anyone wanting to do that should bring apples to pressing events at the Stubbing Wharf Pub, Hebden Bridge, today or the Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge, on Sunday, October 30.

Between three and four carrier bags of apples are needed to make a one gallon demijohn of cider.

Group member Jon Owen said he was pleasantly surprised by the variety of apple trees in the area.

He said: “We would like apple tree owners, particularly those with older Yorkshire varieties, to contact us about propagating new trees from these existing trees. In addition, we are constantly looking for landowners who would like to plant an orchard and share the produce.”

You can contact the group at calderclog@gmail.com