LOCAL business people, who are members of the Mid Devon Network, were treated to a hearty breakfast at Little Emlett Orchard, Black Dog, hosted by owners Chris Mellor and Kate Povey.

Overlooking the orchard, the group took in the wonderful views stretching as far as Dartmoor, whilst networking with each other.

They also had a tour of the apple-pressing room and orchard, where they learnt from Chris the art of making quality apple juice.

The proceeds from the breakfast of £280 are being donated to the Kasaana Public Primary School in the Mubende District of Uganda, who are connected to Morchard Bishop Church of England Primary School via the Devon “Food For Thought” programme.

Chris and Kate’s two daughters attend Morchard Bishop C of E Primary School.

Kate Povey said: “When we were organising the event we thought perhaps we might raise £100 for Kasaana but £280 is a fantastic amount.”

Chris Sargeant, Head Teacher said: “We are currently helping Kasaana by funding a new kitchen and the money raised will be used to support this project as it will help to ensure the children of Kasaana receive good quality lunches from the food grown in their kitchen garden.”

Mid Devon Network Honorary Secretary, Richard Pym said: “We meet as the Mid Devon Network every fortnight, alternating between venues in Crediton and Tiverton, so when members Chris and Kate invited us to hold our latest event at their beautiful orchard as a charity fund-raising event, we didn’t hesitate to accept!

“It made a lovely change to be able to enjoy our breakfast outside, take in the great views and meet fellow business people from around the Mid Devon area. The tour of the apple-pressing facilities and the orchard were fascinating, whilst we were also delighted to be able to raise money for a worthy cause.”