The Three Counties Cider and Perry Association was founded in 1993 by a group of craft scale cider makers who came together at the cider and perry trials run by the The Big Apple at Putley in Herefordshire. Their intention was to improve the image and quality of Farmhouse Cider and Perry.
From those early beginnings, membership has now significantly, with members being based not only within the Three Counties region, but from as far afield as Warwickshire, North Wales and Hampshire.
The Current Committee Members of the Association (at Jan 18) are:
- James Forbes (Little Pomona Orchard & Cidery), Chairperson
- Helen Woodman,(Gregg’s Pit),Vice Chairperson
- Lewis Scott (Cleeve Orchard Cider and Perry), Treasurer
- Tom Tibbits (Artistraw Cider), Secretary
- Gabe Cook, (Ciderologist), Events Officer
- Elizabeth Pimblett (Hereford Cider Museum), Membership Officer
- Susanna Forbes (Little Pomona Orchard & Cidery), Communications Officer
- Dave Sanders (Gryfter Cyder), Competitions Manager
- Peter Mitchell (Mitchell F and D), Technical Advisor
- Albert Johnson, (Ross Cider), Ordinary Member co-opted July 2018
- James McCrindle (McCrindles Cider) (resigned, 25th May 2018)
The Aims of the Association are:
- To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, updating of information and knowledge and the discussion of matters relating to cider/ perry, the Cider Industry in general and that within the Three Counties in particular.
- To encourage the sustainable production and sale of quality cider & perry that meets consumer requirements for safety, freedom from spoilage, transparency and traceability.
- To lobby regulatory and legislative bodies, and others as appropriate, in the furtherance of members’ interests.
- To promote co-operation between members and with other associations and organisations in which there are mutual interests and benefits.
The organisation offers technical expertise through specialist guest speakers at its regular meetings, and aims not only to inform but to support members in dealing with trading legalities, health and safety matters, and forthcoming legislation. It organises tutored tastings and social events at which members can meet and exchange news and views. A competetion is held annually at the Three Counties Show (Malvern, Worcestershire).
Membership is open to any cider or perry enthusiast in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the surrounding areas, whether making for sale or as a hobby or simply interested in the subject.
Five or six meetings are held each year, one of which is usually a tasting. Additional meetings are added to the programme when interesting opportunities arise. The AGM is held in January. At least one meeting is held at a cider or perry maker’s premises allowing members to view practical procedures taking place.
The Association has over 100 members, mostly involved in some way with cider or perry making, providing a very useful network of knowledgeable contacts. The founding members of the Association were all traditional farmhouse cider makers, dedicated to producing a high quality drink fit for their own table. The drive for quality remains paramount.
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