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Bray community news: Crazy Dave's Cider applies to sell direct from Oak Tree Farm

Crazy Dave’s Cider may soon be available to buy from his premises on Oak Tree Farm.

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams
Bray community news: Crazy Dave's Cider applies to sell direct from Oak Tree Farm

Crazy Dave’s Cider may soon be available to buy from his premises on Oak Tree Farm.

Last week, Dave Snowden, proprietor of Crazy Dave’s, put forward an application to the Royal Borough licencing panel to sell alcohol on site.

Previously, the Holyport cider-maker could only sell cider at markets or during his two annual festivals.

“I get a lot of dog walkers and cyclists coming by, wanting to buy cider,” Dave said.

Right now, Dave cannot legally sell it, and has to direct potential customers towards the next market. Often, they then forget to attend and lose a chance to buy Dave’s cider.

“If I get a licence, people can call in on their way back from the school run, order some cider, drop by and collect it. When the weather’s better, they can get some cider to go with their barbeque,” Dave said.

“I could also do local deliveries on my way to and from the premises. It would help the customers and help me.”

Dave has reached out to residents online, using the Holyport Community Board Facebook group, to let them know his plans.

“The response from the public’s been great,” he said. “Their initial concern was that my place would get noisy at night – but I’m not looking to turn it into a pub or club, or anything like that,” he said.

Dave said he is also not planning to increase the number or size of his festivals.

“I run two events every year to show people what I do and promote real cider,” he said. “My plan is to make my events better every year, not bigger.”

Residents have until March 16 to inform the council of any concerns or comments.

Caravan site owner speaks out on planning refusal

Richard Davidson, owner of the Queen’s Acre caravan site, has spoken out against the decision by the council to decline planning permission for 20 free mobile homes.

At the end of April last year, Mr Davidson submitted a proposal to knock down all the buildings on his 4.5 acre property and replace them with 55 new chalet park homes.

“I offered to gift 20 of the caravans to the council, to use as they see fit,” said Mr Davidson. “That would cost me something in the region of £2million.”

However, the Royal Borough council refused this, following a recommendation by Bray Parish Council (BPC) on June 3.

Nicola March of BPC said: “This site is in the greenbelt and the applicant did not demonstrate any very special circumstances as to why this development should go ahead.

“There are also very real concerns about increased traffic on the A308 from this and other proposed developments – in addition, there is hardly any public transport available in the area.”

Early tickets available for LakeFest

Earlybird tickets are available for LakeFest from now until March 31.

Thames Hospice will hold Lakefest 2020 on Saturday, June 6 – the same date as the Holyport Village Fair.

Earlybird prices are £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children (two-14 years). After this date, costs are £15 for adults and £10 for children.

The festival will take place at Bray Lake and will include live music from the area's artists and DJs, a talent contest, entertainment, food and drink.

Festivities run from 12pm-6pm, though keen residents can also take part in the Sunflower Walk at 10am around Bray Lake.

Walkers can choose from three routes around the Lake and River Thames. The shortest route is 2.5km, the medium route is 4km and the longest is 10km.

The festival will help raise funds for the new hospice, within view of Bray Lake.

Tickets for the festival only can be bought from www.thameshospice., while tickets for both the walk and the festival are at

Festivals apply for music and booze licences

Holyport Community Trust (HCT) and Thames Hospice have submitted licencing applications allowing live entertainment and the sale of alcohol on June 6.

HCT is organising the Holyport Village Fair on Holyport Green, noon-11.45pm.

Thames Hospice is organising LakeFest at Bray Lake, 12pm-6pm.

Any residents with concerns can raise them before March 9 (LakeFest) and March 11 (Village Fair).


Tomorrow (Friday): Pilates keep-fit classes, Holyport War Memorial Hall, 1.45-2.45pm.

Karen Robinson School of Dance, Holyport War Memorial Hall 12:45-1:15pm and 3:45-5:45pm. Contact Karen Robinson on 07930382258.

Monday: Art classes, Braywood Memorial Hall, 10am-12pm. Contact Bill Collier on 07811953071.

Apna Virsa bhangra adults mixed classes. 8-9pm. Contact

Tuesday: Darby & Joan Club (Alternative Tuesdays), social club for people of retirement age from Bray Parish, Holyport War Memorial Hall, 2-4pm. Contact: 07453 678790.

Gentle Yoga, Holyport Scout HQ, from 9am. Contact Tara Sutthoff Crist at

Young Dragons martial arts class for children aged 4-12 years. Holyport War Memorial Hall 5:30-6:30pm. Contact Neville Wray on 07860431739.

Tumble Tots, exercises developing balance and co-ordination for 2-3 year olds. Holyport War Memorial Hall 10:25-11:10am. Contact Helen Davey on 07709 496876.

Art classes, Braywood Memorial Hall, from 2-5 pm and 7-9pm. Contact Bill Collier on 07811953071.

Circuit training, Holyport War Memorial Hall, 7-8pm. Contact Jennie Saunders on 07766 461242.

Wednesday: Pilates, Holyport War Memorial Hall, 7.30-8.30pm. Contact Matt Bryant on 07834 595322.

SMILE, chair-based to standing exercise, Holyport War Memorial Hall, 1:30-3pm. Contact Sarah Hill on 07876 586445.

Karen Robinson School of Dance, Holyport War Memorial Hall, 4:30-7pm. Contact Karen Robinson on 07930382258.

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