There was a steady flow of keen apple-pressers and passers-by of all ages to the Station Road 'Apple Pressing' weekend event. Anton had set-up the equipment in his drive and the sunny weather meant members of the public could enjoy making refreshing apple juice to take home with them. Thanks to Anton for hosting the event, those who helped and those who came along to join in the fun.
APPLE PRESSING 2018
Got too many apples ? Don’t know what to do with all those falls, but hate waste ?...
Transition Town Romsey invites you to bring your spare apples and/or pears to 3, Station Road, Romsey (next to the dentist) on Saturday September 15th and Sunday September 16th, where they will have a press available for use from 10.30a.m. – 4.30p.m. each day, to turn them into juice for free.
Everyone is welcome to bring their surplus fruit – any type of apple is suitable (including cookers) - as are falls. This year we will be hiring a medium-sized press - so anyone who wants to, should be able to have a go.
The resulting juice will keep for 3 days in the fridge; can be frozen; made into jelly; or for the more adventurous – it can be made into cider. Please remember to bring containers, such as plastic drinks/milk bottles, to take the juice home in. There will also be sacks of the crushed apple pulp available to anyone who wants some for their composter, or as animal feed.
An Event to "Inform the Curious about Driving Electric Vehicles" was held on Friday, 29 June 2018 and was a 'Sparking Success'.
The Crosfield Hall, Romsey played host recently to around 20 EV owners, who displayed their cars and talked about their experience of driving them.
Brands such as Zoe, Leaf, Ampera, Outlander, Soul, Tesla S, BMWi3 and Ioniq were parked with their bonnets up and charging points exposed. Around 200 members of the public were able to quiz the owners about the practicalities of owning and driving an electric car and compare data for each model on real world mileage, charging times, speed and emission data.
The afternoon kicked off with a talk on the issues of air quality by Dr Matt Loxam, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Southampton. He explained the health implications of diesel car emissions and why people may wish to change their diesel or petrol car to an EV. Matt visited Romsey fresh from the Houses of Parliament, where he was also advising MPs on the same issues.
Romsey Town Mayor, Cllr. Dorothy Baverstock; The Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley Cllr. Ian Carr and Mrs Beryl Carr; and the Rt. Hon. Caroline Nokes MP, all joined the audience for the Q & A session, when the owners talked about the sporty performance, amazing quietness, improved range, exclusive feel, and economic benefits of their EVs.
Judging from the response of visitors, the Government target for fossil fuel cars to be phased out of production by 2040 is way too pessimistic. EVs and their infrastructure are rapidly changing as the number of charge points is increasing. With their increased range, EVs are becoming more than competitive with conventional fossil fuel cars. Anton Page from Transition Town Romsey said: “It was fantastic that it attracted so much interest and got such a positive reception from visitors. They got a real flavour of what it is like to own and drive an EV, and everyone left with the clear impression that electric cars are the future.”
On Saturday March 11th, 2017, the Romsey Methodist Church (RMC) held a Green Fair with the aim of “informing people in Romsey about pertinent lifestyle elements for a sustainable world”.
TTR had an information stall covering 'who we are' and 'what we do', It displayed up-to-date information about climate change, and visitors were encouraged to write down suggestions as to how Romsonians can be greener and reduce their carbon footprint. (see 'Useful Information)
Visitors were invited to learn about the importance of earthworms, and make a clay worm at the workshop. The clay worms were taken away to be fired, and they will then emerge in the United Reformed Church at Greenbuttercup CIC's event at the Romsey Festival (scroll down to see 'Greenbuttercup CIC at Romsey Festival' for more information).