We had a fantastic Autumn Fayre last Saturday. The weather was kind so more than 300 people came to enjoy the variety of activities on offer. Among the highlights was our little woodland trail where all ages joined in planting wildflowers and making beautiful willow crowns or birch broomsticks. Talented musicians – Helen Bell & Richard Lane, Paul Young – folk musician, Smith n Wallace, and David Hammond & Catherine Strachan – did a great job of creating a relaxed atmosphere, using renewably-powered amplification.
Taste buds had a great choice of produce to try, from home-made chutneys and jams, cheese from Love Cheese, as well as Yorkshire tipples including York Gin, vegan beer from Brass Castle Brewery and Colemans Cider, served in glasses kindly loaned by York Beer and Cider Festival. The foraging walk with Carl Wain found plenty of wild food, apple juice flowed throughout the day thanks to Abundance but the delicious local organic food made by the jolly Jim & Joe from Food Circle York proved so popular they ran out by mid afternoon.
We had few entries to this year’s Bake Off but Kathy Sturgess’s spiced apple cake was the clear winner while the judges’ prize was won by Tim. We did have a lot of competitive adults entering the Longest Peel Contest though! Mark Claridge peeled 89cm/35inch and in the under 16s category Dexter C. managed an impressive 33.5cm/13inch peel.
The Centre hall was busy with a new crafting project supported by our Eco-Crafters, who were also selling their wares. The aim is to create a colourful mosaic of felt panels made by St Nicks’ visitors, staff and volunteers to adorn the hall walls and improve its acoustics. Autumn Fayre visitors made a great start – watch out for more details about how you can take part in this project.
A big thank you goes to all helpers, visitors and all the other stall holders: local Bodger Paul Stead, Edible York, nature-inspired glass artist Helen Whitehead , York Community Energy, the River Foss Society, i Travel York, TCV York, YorSpace, Tang Hall Heritage Trail project by Tang Hall Big Local and TalkTalk (who have supported St Nicks by donating laptops to support our geographic information system (GIS), used to map the Nature Reserve and other sites around York). Special thanks go to Lewis Outing who took most of the lovely pictures on this page!