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Martinstown Cyder Circle

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A group was formed last year of like minded people who wanted to revive the making of Cyder by the traditional manner in Martinstown.  Called  “Cyder” because it’s made just using Apples with no additives involved. The original 5 members saw membership increase to 10 this year producing approx. 15 gallons in just a couple of pressings. Not a lot you may say but more than enough for us to enjoy the fruits of our labour at a later date.  Hopefully, there will be a category in next year's Village Show. 

20190907 103459All different types of apple are shredded then pressed to extract the juice.   The juice is placed into a container with a bubble trap on top. No additives or yeast are added as this is not necessary, the liquor starts to ferment almost straight away. The demijohns are left until around Christmas time when then Cyder will have fermented fully. Most Cyders brewed in this manner turn out to be about 6%abv. Some remain cloudy as in Scrumpy whilst others are crystal clear. The taste can be adjusted at this time by blending with raw cane sugar to taste.

In years gone by Cyder was used as ‘part pay’ for farm labourers but it was watered down by the farmer who usually kept the best for his own use. The Cyder was healthier to drink than some of the water supplies.

In January when all the brewing/bottling has been done a celebration called a 'Wassail' was held. This entailed giving thanks to the apple trees placing bread/toast soaked in Cyder onto branches and making a lot of noise to drive away evil spirits from the orchards.  I tend to think that what really attracted people was the drinking of large quantities of brew and having a feast, usually roast pork and apple sauce. Merry making went on well into the night.

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will be holding a Wassail Evening in the Village Hall on January 11th 2020. Tickets will be on sale closer to the event.

Martin Usherwood

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Although papers can be separated and recycled with the bi-weekly refuse collection this scheme means that the local parish can financially benefit from separate treatment of newspapers.

There are two collection points each located at the Parish Office and the car park of the Village Hall by means of a green bin or box.

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Please use this method of recycling where possible as credit is received via the current scheme to the parish for use towards local matters.

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1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
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2nd Stop - Manor Grove
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12 - rubbish and food
19- recycling and food
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