The Apple Fair at Middle Farm will not see the SDFS this year. We finally made contact today when I rang them and they told me that a) an external promoter handles all the appearances and b) it starts being organized in April. And they're full. One has to 'apply' to perform there, it seems and even morris dancing has been rejected this year too. They were quite apologetic that the promoter had not responded to John (the farm were aware of John's e-mails but had passed them on, understandably) but I gained the distinct impression that it's not our sort of gig.
Ho hum .... onwards and upwards!