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  • Thursday, 13 February 2020: NCOG logo
    Best apple now

    Co-incidence, have just seen your Sunday email Mark. I unwrapped some Ashmeads Kernel y...


    Co-incidence, have just seen your Sunday email Mark. I unwrapped some Ashmeads Kernel yesterday evening to prepare a pudding. Had to open 16 to get 5 without rot. Those five were a fine flavour but poor texture and cooked to a mush.
    By comparison Adam's Pearmain are still near perfect and keep shape when sliced for tarts. And the tree is much more resistant to canker.
    Winston are keeping well but their flavour is fading.
    Ken Parkes

    Report by Ken & Pat Parkes

  • Saturday, 8 February 2020:
    What is the best apple to eat at this time of year?

    For the last month, I would say that Ashmead's Kernel has definitely...

    For the last month, I would say that Ashmead’s Kernel has definitely been the star. Previous to that, Egremont Russet and Pitmaston Pine Apple were favourites. Close contenders now are Rosemary Russet, Duke of Devonshire and Fiesta. Generally, the russets win on flavour.

    Any alternative views?

    Report by Mark Evens

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  • Thursday, 6 February 2020:
    New! Scrapbook page

    The committee has discussed the pros and cons of a Facebook page ...

    The committee has discussed the pros and cons of a Facebook page at its meeting on February 5th and the general feeling was that:

    • We did not think it would get a great deal of use (given our previous experience with forums and the fairly low level of interaction that occurs between members outside of events)
    • Many of our members are not on Facebook. If they attempt to look at a Facebook page, much of the content is hidden by a request to log in to see it properly. We did not want to have a communications medium that excludes a large part of the membership.
    • We appreciated that more use of social media might attract a younger group of people but considered that this possibility did not outweigh the factors set out above. However, we did not discount the use of some forms of social media in the future and will keep the matter under review.

    To provide some of the benefits of Facebook, but without the exclusivity and with less interactivity, we decided to trial a “Scrapbook” page. This page is automatically built from emails sent in by members to the address Enable JavaScript to view protected content.. Images and other attachments may be attached to the email. This post is the first such item.

    Members are free to send in emails to the Scrapbook, but please keep them fairly brief, not like this one (use News Reports in “My NCOG” for larger items) and do not attach multi-megabyte files. They should appear at https://ncorchards.co.uk/scrapbook within about 5 minutes of sending them. Our news editor will moderate entries as necessary.

    Report by Mark Evens

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