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Bramley Apple Day – Sunday 25 October 2009

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As I intimated in a previous posting, today – 25 October 2009 – was being celebrated as Bramley Apple Day at Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market. The drama troupe The Lion’s Part performed in The Green Market and fun and games to be had by all in the South West Churchyard with The Ministry of Fun. The Cathedral Refectory served a Bramley Apple echo-ing menu.

William Shakespeare with a bowl of apples in Southwark Cathedral

William Shakespeare with a bowl of apples in Southwark Cathedral


Our day started at Southwark Cathedral with the 11:00am Sung Eucharist. The Sub Dean (Canon Andrew Nunn) presided, with Canon Missioner (Michael Hart) preaching and the Succentor (Anna Macham) taking the role of Deacon. The music had a apple and harvest theme – hymms included For the beauty of the earth and the visiting choir – The Oriana Singers – sang Jesus Christ, the apple tree (by Poston). The cathedral was decorated with apples, including apples in the flower arrangements, bowls of apples in the side aisles and the memorial to William Shakespeare which had a bowl of apples in Shakespeare’s arms.

After the service it was to the Cathedral Refectory for lunch which was Gammon Steak with apple souce. We decided not to have the Apple Crumble.

Berry Man - the Autumn incarnation of the original Green Man - in Borough Market

Berry Man - the Autumn incarnation of the original Green Man - in Borough Market

It was off to Borough Market. The Lion’s Part were perfoming complete with a huge Corn Queene effigy heavy with ‘Plenty’ – wheat, barley and other grains, and apples, root vegetables and foliage from the Borough Market. Berry Man – the Autumn incarnation of the original Green Man – decked with wild fruits and foliage, was in attendance. Many of the stalls had apple themes, including apple tarts, pies and cakes. There were numberous variants on apple drinks – juices, ciders, mulled cider, etc.

Our day concluded with a return to Southwark Cathedral for Choral Evensong sung by The Oriana Singers, presided over by the Sub Dean and the sermon given by Reverend Anna Macham.

Finally, if you read my previous blog on this event, I did order the Apple Crumbles from Donald Russell, and enjoyed the Apple and Raspberry Crumble with ice cream yesterday (Saturday) evening.

Selected links about Bramley Apple Sunday:

  • Borough Market
  • The Lion’s Part
  • Southwark Cathedral
  • Pictures of Bramley Apple Day on my fotopic site
  • Pictures of Bramley Apple Day on my Smugmug site
  • Wikipedia on the Bramley Apple
  • Author: Stewart

    An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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