Packing a tasty crunch

Pressing Engagement: All Saints Infants year two pupils Jacob Rifkin and Alice Mortimer help Dave Goodridge to pour the chopped apples into the press as they make juice on Apple Day.
Pressing Engagement: All Saints Infants year two pupils Jacob Rifkin and Alice Mortimer help Dave Goodridge to pour the chopped apples into the press as they make juice on Apple Day.
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PUPILS at All Saints’ C of E Infants School had a scrumptious introduction to healthy eating at their very own apple festival on Monday.

At the core of the apple-themed learning activities was a traditional cast iron press brought in by Dave Goodridge, a parent of a former pupil.

Pupils brought in apples – from small, sour homegrown varieties to glossy supermarket staples – then had turns pressing them to make juice.

“Lots of children brought in apples from their own gardens,” said Mr Goodridge.

“There are an awful lot of apples that just get left. Most of the names of the varieties were lost a long time ago.”

The result was fresh apple juice which, Mr Goodridge admits, looked rotten - but tasted delicious.

“One or two children didn’t want to taste it,” he said. “All those who did thought it was a revelation.”