Abbey’s Orchard provides the Juice – Lee Valley Park provides the Muscle

Freshly pressed apple juice was on offer at King Harold Day again this year.Lee Valley Park people get to work on the machine

Lee Valley Regional Park staff and volunteers brought along a genuine apple press and showed just how the juice is produced.

First they went out into the Abbey’s own orchard and collected the apples, of several different varieties.   Then they set up the press, and got to work cutting up the apples and feeding them into it, and hard work was needed in terms of muscle and pressure to turn those bits of apple into juice.

Free samples were available for all to drink, and the widespread view was that the juice was sweet and delicious  –  and quite different from the sort bought in a carton.

Trying out the finished produceVisitors could also try the hard work of feeding the apples through the cutting machine, and then pressing them.  Here are some young helpers having a go, while another one tries out the finished product.Hard work at the press






Photographs courtesy of Jonathan Foster

Published in: on October 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jenny’s wildlife at King Harold Day

Jenny Wackett brought her animals along to King Harold Day on Saturday, and had crowds of people aroundJenny with a fox them all day.   Jenny takes in wildlife that has been injured or abandoned young, and cares for them until they can be released into the wild.   She had such a variety of animals with her, and both children and adults loved seeing them.

Jenny and Emma have set up a Facebook group called Waltham Abbey Wildlife Carers, which has pictures of some of the animals, and tells you all about what Jenny does.

Thank you to all our visitors who donated towards caring for the animals on Saturday.   Jenny has put the money towards animal feed.

Published in: on October 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Town Crier takes a breather

We loved this picture of Waltham Abbey’s Town Crier, Peter Frost, having a little rest between duties Town Crier, Peter Frostat King Harold Day on Saturday.   He did a great job announcing the entertainment for us.

Published in: on October 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Roller wouldn’t roll out of bed!

For those of you who were worried that the Copped Hall vintage Rolls Royce did not turn up on Saturday, we’ve just received this message:-

“regret that our Rolls Royce showed her age on Saturday and refused to get out of bed”.

I know how she felt!   When the alarm went off at 5.30 on Saturday morning I wished I could stay there.

Hopefully, though, she will be coming next year.

Published in: on October 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

King Harold Day a huge success despite the weather

Thanks to everyone who came to King Harold Day at Waltham Abbey yesterday.  We hope you enjoyedViking Camp by Everything Epping Forest your day.   We think it was every bit as good as usual, continuing to grow each year.

Light rain in the afternoon didn’t stop the great entertainment, and all the trading stalls were doing well.

Thanks to Saebert’s Folc, Barebow Archery, Richard & Elizabeth York, Chingford Morris Men, PL Falconry, The Black Raven Knight & Beau, Epping Archers, Grunal Moneta, Pebadale Apiaries, Lee Valley Park Farms, Jenny and her animals, Annette Banks, Ray Sears, Waltham Abbey Historical Society, Waltham Abbey Police, Waltham Cross Army Cadets, St John Ambulance, and the Scouts.

They’re all at the front, but the event would not happen without Lee Valley Regional Park and particularly Naomi Chant; Waltham Abbey Town Council and all the staff at the Town Hall; the Abbey Church and all who help at the Church and the Church Centre.

We very much appreciated having our special guests with us:-  Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Cllr Ken Angold-Stephens and Mrs Angold-Stephens;  Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Cllr Antony Watts;  Mrs Eleanor Laing MP and her son, Matthew;  Rector of Waltham Abbey, the Rev’d Peter Smith; and the Rev’d Rod Reid.

Congratulations to Hillhouse School, Leverton Infant & Nursery School, Upshire School and Waltham Holy Cross Infant School for the wonderful art work they showed in the Lady Chapel as part of the King Harold Day Art Exhibition.

And my personal thanks to Peter Frost, Isabelle Perrichon, Dave and Sheila Giles and Lester, Paul Fury, Paul Parker, Tony O’Connor, Nicola Jarmaine, Pat Brooks, Helen Hollick and her daughter and friends, Phil Chadburn, Vic Copsey, John Bruton, John Clarke, Tim Yeowell, Sue,  Jonathan Foster, Barbara Utting, Grenville Weltch.

We hope to see you all at next year’s King Harold Day on Saturday 13 October 2012.

(Thanks to Everything Epping Forest website for use of photograph)


Published in: on October 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm  Comments (2)  

Supporting Essex Food Providers at King Harold Day

In Waltham Abbey we have a slogan as part of our tourism effort  –  “Waltham Abbey Loves Food”.

Well, for King Harold Day we are doing our bit to support the Essex food industry.

We shall have a Hog Roast coming from South Ockendon, Essex;  a Doughnuts unit coming from South Benfleet, Essex;  a Pancakes unit coming from Woodford Green, Essex;  and an Ice Cream unit coming from South Ockendon, Essex.

All great food that will add to your enjoyment of King Harold Day.

So, it’s this Saturday, 8 October, at the Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1XQ, from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

See you there!

Published in: on October 5, 2011 at 1:51 am  Leave a Comment