Apple day event pips the others for fruit and veg

Hayfield apple day, T-Jay Preston with his winning muffins
Hayfield apple day, T-Jay Preston with his winning muffins

Community involvement was at the core of Apple Day celebrations held in Hayfield at the weekend.

There was a good turnout of villagers for the apple-based events, the annual Home Produce Show and the Harvest Festival on Saturday, which was held at Hayfield Primary School.

Hayfield apple day, Margaret Rope of the Hayfield Allotment Society

Hayfield apple day, Margaret Rope of the Hayfield Allotment Society

There was also a wide variety of stalls and attraction, live bluegrass music and the grand raffle, where 120 prizes were won.

Cath Moss, chair of event organisers Sustainable Hayfield, said: “The event had a great community feel, with many local organisations like the WI, Civic Trust, toddlers’ group, church communities, Lantern Pike pub, Kinder Mountain Rescue and allotment holders all playing their part.

“We’re grateful to all those who helped make the day a real success, enjoyed by hundreds of visitors.”

Entries in the Produce Show were affected by the weather but the standard was especially high, with a large number receiving gold and silver awards.

Among the children’s entries, Jake Hanney’s working Lego model of a helicopter was very much a star of the show.

Outside, a new, turfed, drystone wall was built and has been bequeathed as seating for the school for years to come, courtesy of the Derbyshire Eco Centre and Natural England.