Our dear friend Monica Nelson passed away on Saturday. Monica put in many hours of voluntary work at Velwell Orchard over the years as a regular volunteer and she will be greatly missed. Just before she died she gave me a sickle that she’d used many times here and she asked that we engrave it with her name and dates.

Her funeral will take place on Monday. Meet outside the Steam Packet Inn at 2pm from where we’ll walk up to Sharpham Meadow. Please bring lanterns and wear suitable footwear and warm clothes.