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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 Poole, of Powerstock, near Bridport, was awarded the Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to the Cider Industry at the Bath and West Gold Medal at the Royal Bath & West Show.

Nick's work in promoting traditonal cider in Dorset, and in running the renowned Powerstock Cider Festival was recognised by the prestigious annual award. Nick and his wife Dawn - who also deserves special recognition for her part in the festival organisation - ran the festival for 16 years and raised more than £43,000 for local charities in the process.

Nick and Dawn also run West Milton Cider Company near Bridport, and their Keeved Cidre Bouche called Lancombe Rising also won Gold in its class and the top gong of Supreme British Champion Cider, receiving The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers’ Perpetual Cup.

Nick said: “I’m delighted. It’s pretty amazing to be given two such prestigious awards in one year!”

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 March.

The competition results came at the end of a busy meeting that also covered - among other things - plans for Royal Bath & West Show, an NACM update from Gabe Cook, pH Control by Andrew Lea, Gill Perkins from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Sue Tisdall offering help with Export issues.

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 discussion on a number of topics including the proposed PDO for Devon cider, Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme and the excise levels for sparkling cider.

Andrew Lea gave an informative scientific presentation on how flavours are developed in cider during storage, a great insight for all into how common off flavours develop and how they can be controlled.

Fen Tyler, Chief Executive of the NACM covered the recent budget, an update on the 70HL exemption and thoughts on the new sugar tax and calorific values being included on labels.

During the meeting the annual cider competition took place with judges Bill Bradshaw and Chris Coles selecting the 2016 champion. The overall winner was Harry's Cider, pictured are Harry Fry and partner Ali with the SWECA cup and certificate.

Cider Competition results

1st Twinways Cider, Mark Rogers
2nd Green Valley Cyder, Chris Coles
3rd Copse House Cider, Bob Chaplin

1st Harry's Cider, Harry Fry
2nd Courteneys of Whimple, Paul Courteney
3rd Blackmore Vale Cider, Alan Berry

1st Pilton Cider, Martin Berkeley

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