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The Boyton Community Group has come out of hibernation and going back to our roots – the Environment.
So, to take your mind off Brexit for a couple of hours do come and join us to discuss relevant things of even more importance to our communities across the Peninsula, with like-minded individuals.

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ApplesGalore

An abundance of apples

There are over 600 varieties of apple, pear, cherry and berries across the globe according to the AllAboutApples.com website and the directory pages on  Orange Pippin

With more than 220 known varieties in Suffolk as recorded by the East of England Apple Orchard Project (EEAOP)

There are only five named apple varieties documented as having Suffolk origins according to  applesandorchards.org.uk.

Some of these may still exist today:
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We have settled on three syndicate bulk buy oil order dates throughout the year for delivery shortly afterwards:

  • 31 August
  • 30 November (to guarantee delivery in time for xmas)
  • 28 February  (to allow for cold winters)

Framtrade  are happy to continue and reward our customer loyalty, giving the best price and great service including payment upon invoice shortly after delivery.

To place an order – email mail@framtrade.co.uk or call  01728 723723 directly with your details:

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(c) Michael Lane

Bonfire crowd

6.30pm start for 7pm Fireworks

A new venue has been kindly offered again by Richard Pipe just beyond the farmyard: head up Mill Lane, round the bends, down the dirt track, go past Boyton Hall Farm, through the farmyard where limited space is available for cars to be parked if not walking. The bonfire is in the stubble field on your right as you exit the yard heading out towards Warren Hill. See map below for location.

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Cheers from the first pressing

Cheers from the first pressing of vintage 2014

When I wer a lad, we naughtily scrumped apples from some of our neighbours – and occasionally got caught, literally red handed too, which quickly put me back on to the right path. This year we got permission to take them but I felt just as guilty, especially after removing a ‘barrow load full and they were just the unwanted windfalls. Read the rest of this entry »

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(C) Robert Stead

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The early shift

Our first pressing…

CHEERS – from the early shift

After a fallow 2012, a windfall of Boyton Scrumpers turned out for a busy couple of hours to chop, mush, press and bottle a bumper crop of apples. With specialist equipment hired, we took a chance with the Autumnal weather and set to work alfresco.

Bags, boxes and barrow loads of locally grown, hand-picked produce appeared. A production line formed. Windfalls, cookers and eaters processed. Two brown wheelie bins of pulp were filled. After spillages, over 50 litres of delicious freshly squeezed apple juice was generated. Read the rest of this entry »

This year seems to be much better than last for some apple trees. If so, why not come and press a few to make your own juice. We have hired a professional masher and fruit press. Tastes delicious with windfalls, cookers or eaters. Freeze blue bags are provided. Suggested donation to cover hire charges is just £3 per household.

Just turn up with whatever you have 2-4pm Saturday 12 October.

Mountain of rubbish

Mountain of rubbish

Following the successful road side litter pick 2012, this year all the villages from across the Bawdsey Peninsula agreed to take part in a co-ordinated litter pick on Saturday 23 March.

Despite the appalling weather, most of the Parish Councils managed to get out before the relentless snow covered everything. Between them all we cleared over 50 sacks of rubbish from the roadside verge, making a mountain of black bags to add to the huge pile of detritus that the SWT group collected earlier in the week from Lower Hollesley Common. Had the snow not fallen I dread to thing just how much more would have been retrieved from the roadsides.

Some of the strange and dangerous items found included: 25 car tyres; loads of part used motor oil containers; broken washing baskets; a headboard; carpet and underlay; a rusty wheelbarrow, and lots more.

This was all made possible thanks to each Parish Council who nominated a lead for their village to do what they could –

Please Don't Dump

This is a ‘pile of rubbish’ sign

Alderton, Bawdsey, Boyton, Butley, Capel St Andrew, Hollesley, Shottisham, Sutton & Sutton Heath, as well as a working party from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Plus the generous support of Suffolk Coast & Heaths who kindly provide all the equipment needed to make it easier for communities to just get on and do it, as well as Suffolk Coastal District Council waste services who kindly collected everything we found.

Below are a few more pictures from this years efforts – sadly due to the weather people didn’t hang around long enough for me to get any photos of the real hero’s who turned out despite the weather and make such a positive contribution to our pretty little corner of Suffolk… thank you all – you know who you are (and enjoy your cream egg).

Should anyone else be inspired to do something similar there is a useful online guide on the Ipswich Borough Council website for community litter picks. Radio Suffolk continue to run their successful Don’t be a Tosser campaign and can help you too.

And finally, a couple of feedback comments received – feel free to add your own using the feedback entry below…

“…if I can please ask you to pass on our sincere thanks to all involved in whatever way. We are very grateful for the massive contribution to looking after this area of the AONB, but as always it’s such a shame that this kind of effort and activity is needed at all.”
Lynn Allen – Countryside Officer, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

Impressive stuff – must be great to get such a tangible action done.”
Simon Amstutz is the Dedham Vale AONB Manager and Planning & Development Officer.

After a slow start to the year things are starting to pick-up for the community group with an active calendar of events forming….

  • Beachwatch, the litter pick along the river, will take place on Saturday 16 March, meeting at the Village Hall at 2.00pm. Contact Keith Lilley
  • Peninsula litter pick, Sat 23 March. Most of the villages on the Peninsula have agreed to coordinate a mass roadside litter pick on this weekend to help keep our verges and environment cleaner and smarter for visitors and wildlife to benefit. We hope to improve on last years achievement – see map for details of confirmed pickings. Contact Andrew for details or call 411720.
  • Boyton Inn should resume in April, running through the summer to September – Saturdays at 7.30pm at the village hall. Watch this space and Village Voices for further details.
  • Birds & Brunch is a new event, planned for Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May. This will involve a guided walk around the marshes, village or forest, looking to see what birds are breeding or passing through, followed by refreshments in the village hall. There will be a small charge for this event with all proceeds going towards the community group running costs. Booking will be necessary with charges at £5 per person for Birds & Brunch. For enquiries or bookings contact Gary Lowe on 01394 411203 or e-mail gary.lowe1957@btinternet.com.
  • Apple Day, we hope this year will have a good enough harvest, in anticipation we have provisionally booked the apple press, apple dryer and peelers for Saturday 12 October so hold that date and pray for a mild spring

The community group received a few suggested amendments to the Welcome Pack. A revised version is now available. We want to keep this document up to date and accurate, so suggestions for further changes are always welcome.

For those interested in switching to a green energy provider, please consider using Co-operative Energy. Speak to Andrew on 411720 or e-mail Boyton.co2@btinternet.com for more information. It is possible you and the community group could each make £25 from switching, as well as benefiting from a greener tarrif.

Finally, in our last article, we asked whether there was any interest in setting up a pig project. That did not provoke much reaction but there does seem to be some interest in setting up a Boyton Beekeepers group. Get in touch with Gary, as above, if you want to know more.

For more information, including copies of the Welcome Pack, minutes of meetings and much more of interest, visit the group’s website, as above.

The next meeting will be on Saturday 30 March at Chesterfield Lodge, Boyton, starting at 10.00am and hopefully finishing by noon.

Gary Lowe
February 2013

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