A strong roster of events and the launch of the Three Counties Jean Nowell Bursary Scheme were announced at the AGM of the Three Counties Cider & Perry Association in mid-January.
The year-long events programme kicks off with a Q&A with Gordon Johncox, CEO of Aston Manor and chair of the National Association of Cider Makers, 7pm, 19 February at The Yew Tree Inn, Peterstow.
Next up will be CraftCon on 5 April before the return of the successful New Season Cider Share in May.
In line with its remit for education, the AGM approved the creation of the Three Counties Jean Nowell bursary scheme, in memory of founding member and mentor to many Jean, who passed away in late 2017.
This will see £1000 of the Association’s reserves devoted to enabling cidermakers to pursue a course, research trip or some other learning experience, in the spirit of Jean. Each year, the Association will invite applications for bursaries of up to £250, asking the successful applicants to share with its members the knowledge they have gained.
Other priorities for the Association include updating the website, building on its successful revamped presence at the Royal Three Counties Show in June, and continuing to campaign for a more equitable cider duty landscape for small and medium sized producers.
- Further information will be released on how to apply for the Jean Nowell bursaries later this year. Please email our acting secretary, Albert Johnson, if you would like to be notified when applications go live.