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5th June 2017

Gold Medal for Nick Poole

West Milton Cider's Nick Poole awarded Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Royal Bath & West Show

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21st March 2017

Circle Cider wins SWECA championship

Swindon-based maker Circle Cider scooped the 2017 SWECA Cider Championship at the Winter meeting held at Cranbourne Chase on 16th… more

20th March 2016

Winter Meeting 2016

SWECA members met at Green Valley Cyder, Darts Farm in Devon on 17th March for the 2016 Winter meeting. A packed programme provoked lively… more

26th March 2014

National award for Devon cider retailer

A Devon-based cider maker is celebrating its silver jubilee year in style after winning a national retailing award.

The Green Valley Cyder… more

24th March 2014

Winter Meeting 2014

SWECA held its winter meeting on Thursday March 20th at Thatchers Cider by kind invitation of Martin and John Thatcher. Sixty five people attended… more

18th March 2014

Bath & West Show British Cider Championships win NACM backing

The Royal Bath & West Society’s “British Cider Championships”, due to be staged for the first time at this year’s show… more

26th February 2014

Cornwall and South West Fruit Focus 5

Ever driven around the South West, seen a plot of under-utilised land and thought, Hmm - could get a few trees in there! Well, Dr Andrew Ormerod… more

17th February 2014

CiderCon 2014

The great and the good of the US cider industry gathered in a chilly Chicago on 4th February for its annual Cider Conference. A combination of… more

16th April 2013

Bath & West Show 2013

Just a little reminder that you still have a few days left to enter the world's biggest cider competition, if you haven't done so already. It's a… more

15th March 2013

Informative SWECA Meeting held at Rich's

SWECA members and guests gathered at Rich’s Cider on March 14, courtesy of Jan, Martin, Brian and George Rich for what proved an informative… more

31st January 2013

SWECA submission to the Government Consultation on MUP

Today SWECA's committee has made the following submission to the Government Consultation on Minimum Unit… more

30th January 2013

Latest Code of Practice from Portman Group released


The fifth edition of the Portman Group Code of Practice for alcohol producers has been announced, setting the standard for responsible… more

23rd January 2013

Cider Farm for sale

Lyne Down Cider and Perry of Much Marcle have decided to sell up and move on. The property extends to around 27 acres about a third of which is… more

21st January 2013

Twisted Cider to run London Marathon

Eight years ago Ben Weller and Shane Green from Twisted Cider decided to run the London Marathon together. Why? Why does anyone run a Marathon?… more

5th November 2012

SWECA's position on Minimum Unit Pricing

Statement by SWECA relative to Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP)

The South West of England Cider Makers’ Association… more

1st November 2012

Improvements at Lawrence's Cider

John Lawrence at Lawrence's Cider has just completed a major piece of work extending his workshop and replacing his milling and pressing set… more

25th September 2012

Big news at Sheppy's

A substantial new development including a new pressing facility and warehouse is coming to a conclusion at Sheppy’s Cider. The new pressing… more

28th May 2012

Bridge Farm crowns May with Devon accolade

After a successful presentation of Bridge Farm’s special edition cider to Her Majesty The Queen, the Jubilee cider went on to win a prize at… more

21st May 2012

In Search of Cider to be launched at B&W Show

Alan Stone's latest book In Search Of Cider will be launched at an event in the Orchards & Cider tent at the Royal Bath & West… more

8th May 2012

The Queen meets Bridge Farm Cider

West Country cider producer Bridge Farm Cider is feeling… more

17th April 2012

SWECA statement on Minimum Unit Pricing

As you will no doubt be aware, the Government is proposing legislation to be enacted later this year that will introduce Minimum Unit Pricing of… more

10th April 2012

Finding Dorset's forgotten cider apples

After more than 6 years of searching the nooks and crannies of Dorset for the remnants of the county’s old orchards, Nick Poole and Liz… more

2nd April 2012

Powerstock Cider Festival 2012 details

This year's ever-popular Powerstock Cider Festival is being held on Saturday 28th April 2012. 

Over the years, this annual event has… more

26th March 2012

SWECA visits West Bradley

On 1 March a party of SWECA members ( South West Cidermakers Association) visited West Bradley Orchards.

The tour was guided by Neil… more

26th March 2012

Orchard Pig Blossom Day

 

 

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12th March 2012

HMRC policy on the use of wooden casks

Members may be aware that a misunderstanding among cider makers has recently arisen (Feb 2012) as to the HMRC policy view of the use of wooden… more

9th February 2012

Healey's Texan-Style Hard Cider breaches responsibility code

Portman Group's Independent Complaints Panel has ruled that Healey’s Texan-style Hard Cyder has breached alcohol responsibility rules for… more

25th January 2012

Shepton Cider Mill Wassail

With its roots in an ancient Pagan tradition, the custom of wassailing is thriving once again throughout the South West and Somerset in… more

25th January 2012

SWECA Winter meeting

This year’s winter meeting will be held on Thursday 1st March at The Queens Arms, Wraxall, nr Shepton Mallet on Thursday 1st March. The… more

22nd September 2011

Want to feature in Alan Stone's next book on West Country cidermakers?

Alan Stone reports good progress on the research phase for his next book on Cidermakers in Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and Devon with a priority on… more

20th September 2011

Small press needed for apple day event

Twisted Cider's Ben Weller is on the hunt for a 5.2-litre press for an apple day event at Damerton. The date of the demonstration is 22nd October,… more

7th August 2011

Inaugural International Craft Cider Festival hailed a resounding success

The inaugural International Craft Cider Festival held at Llancaiach Fawr manor house in the middle of August has been hailed a success by… more

7th August 2011

Core Equip Open Day at Watergull Orchards

Core Equip will be holding an open day at Watergull Orchards in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on the 15th and 16th of September. Watergull Orchards… more

7th August 2011

SWECA AGM 2011

SWECA's 2011 Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for 10:30am on 15th September at Perry's Cider at Dowlish Wake. This year's meeting is of… more

21st July 2011

Healey's launch Cornish-Texan Cyder

Healey’s Cyder continues to give Cornish cyder a cool, modern edge with its latest introduction, Healey’s Texan-Style Cornish Hard… more

20th July 2011

Thatchers kicks off Bath Rugby partnership

Thatchers has signed a three-year agreement with Bath Rugby as their Official Cider Partner. The deal will see the Thatchers logo on the Bath… more

12th July 2011

International Craft Cider Festival 2011

From 12th-14th August the beautiful grounds of the 16th century Llancaiach Fawr manor house in rural South East Wales will transform from a… more

11th July 2011

2nd Twisted Cider Festival

It's happening again and this time there will be even more cider and hopefully plenty of sun!
It's Twisted Cider's second annual cider festival… more

14th October 2010

Cornish Cider Fest 2011

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Latest news
Gold Medal for Nick Poole

Gold Medal for Nick Poole

West Milton Cider's Nick Poole awarded Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Royal Bath & West Show

Nick… more

Circle Cider wins SWECA championship

Circle Cider wins SWECA championship

Swindon-based maker Circle Cider scooped the 2017 SWECA Cider Championship at the Winter meeting held at Cranbourne Chase on 16th… more

Winter Meeting 2016

Winter Meeting 2016

SWECA members met at Green Valley Cyder, Darts Farm in Devon on 17th March for the 2016 Winter meeting. A packed programme provoked lively… more

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