Harvest Homes

Harvest Home 2015

The Harvest Home on Friday, 28th August 2015 was a great success. It is considered to be the best for quite some years and especially so with its more family-orientated format.

The Rev. Simon Lewis conducted a service prior to the luncheon. We appreciate that such services are not to everyone’s liking. But I trust in future, anyone not wishing to participate will remain quiet. The East Brent celebration should be enjoyed in it’s entirety in an atmosphere of companionship as it always has been.

At the beginnings of the East Brent Harvest Home, it was partly paid for by Archdeacon Denison and other such notaries. This year, we were very pleased to have the event sponsored by local businesses. The Main Sponsor was “Haley Engineering” with “Dulhorn Farm”, “fonehouse, Worle” and “Brent Knoll Inn” also providing sponsorship. Thank you all for your help in enabling us to maintain this very traditional event.

Lunch commenced at 12:45 pm. The cold meats supplied by Court Farm Butchers, the salads and beetroot prepared and served by the helpers were all of superb quality. Not forgetting of course, the beer and best of all the Cider from West Croft Cider. The puddings (heated by Brent House) were paraded to the marquee with the Harvest Bread (Maisie’s) and Cheese (Cricketer’s Farm) in only the way our Parish’s Harvest Home can do it. This is the way it has been done since the very beginning in 1857.

There were speeches from Keith Ockenden, Commercial Director of Mole Valley Farmers who proposed the toast to “Agriculture and Kindred Industries” and Stuart Clatworthy responding in only the way he can and adding a touch of “Jethro” if only in his looks. Committee Member, Mike Grant proposed the toast to our “Visitors and Helpers” and long-time helper, Paul Archer responded. It is impossible to comment on any one particular speaker - they were all so very entertaining including our President’s speech from Rev. Simon Lewis.

Once the Prize Draws were concluded everyone had the opportunity to bid for any remaining meat etc., in an auction conducted by Auctioneer Paul Ashton. Free entry to the marquee followed with children being entertained by the excellent “B Bunny Magic” and later (more for the older generation) “Marion Dare” provided wonderfully entertaining singing and even engaging some of those present. Sports for all was held from 5:30 pm.

Please note – the £50 Cash Prize was not claimed and remains available to whoever has a light blue ticket No. 770 with the serial number AB960499.

Lost property – a jacket and an umbrella. Please contact me if these are yours.

There are no further General Meetings of the Committee before the

Annual General Meeting on 20th January 2016.

General Meetings will then be held on the third Wednesday of each month. The date of the 2016 Harvest Home is yet to be set so please look out for further details on this Website or in the Parish Magazine.

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East Brent Harvest Home Cheese (2016).

Following the closure of the creamery, at this year’s event we saw the last cheese to be made for us by Cricketer Farm, the cheese maker at Nether Stowey. Faced with this dilemma, we needed to find another local cheesemaker – for the cheese, because of its size, needs to be made a year before the event. Rita Thomas and Betty Griffin inquired of The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company and they agreed to make ours.

Betty & Bill Walker were invited to the factory to see the Harvest Home cheese being made, using our own special twelve gallon mould. In fact Betty not only saw the process but actually helped prepare the curds and fill the mould. This process was then followed by putting the filled mould on to a special cheese press.

The whole process, from when the milk is delivered to pressing the cheese takes about 7 hours. There are further processes that it will go through before it is put in a special store, but maturing the cheese for consumption will take, as in our case, up to a year.

The whole process is fascinating to see and, unusually, the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co have a public viewing gallery, with explanatory DVD’s playing, whereby you can watch cheese being made. (http://www.cheddargorgecheeseco.co.uk/)

Colin Loader, 07931429927, e-mail - eastbrenthh@tiscali.co.uk

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