The Duke of Westminster joined villagers and pupils from Aldford, Eccleston and Saighton at Grosvenor on Sunday to choose the best tasting juice pressed from apples collected at Grosvenor’s recent Apple Weekend.
The village of Eccleston was chosen as the winner following the Duke’s tasting session in Grosvenor’s food department.
Taking the opportunity to also announce the winners of the ‘name the juice’ competition, His Grace presented a trug full of gardening goodies to Leonie Brown, aged 6 from Saltney who named the Aldford entry ‘Aldford’s Corr!’, Iwan Woodworth aged 7 from Northop who named Saighton’s juice ‘Saighton’s Strictly Apple’ and ‘Eccleston’s Applicious’ was named by Aled Woodworth, aged 8 from Northop.
Created from the annual crop of apples from the local villages, each village has now pressed its own apple juice to sell at village events and raise funds for the village communities.
“To be able to sell our own juice made from the apples grown in the village is a great sense of achievement for us all. The proceeds from each bottle or crate of juice will enable the villages to enhance and improve facilities for everyone. I would like to thank everyone at Grosvenor for supporting us with such a worthwhile event,” commented Gary Ashby from Saighton.
“The recent Apple Weekend held here at Grosvenor has continued to develop our already strong links with the community and we are now planning similar ventures for 2010,” commented Iain Wylie, managing director.