I was in a bookshop in Ilminster, Paragon Books, the one that was owned by Chris Chapman, who also owned the bookshop in Lyme Regis, Serendip. Sadly Chris is no longer with us, but both bookshops are still flourishing. He passionately believed in local authors and local books. I got on well with Chris and so I waved a manuscript under his nose, something I had written about poetry and farm labouring: sheep shearing, night lambing, forestry and cider making. This was back in the summer of 1991. A lot of cider and sheep have gone under the bridge since then.
Congratulations to Nick Poole of West Milton Cider Company near Bridport, whose medium cider has just been crowned Champion in the annual competition of the South West of England Cidermakers’ Association (SWECA).
Craft cidermaking would be “in serious jeopardy” if small, domestic producers have to pay excise duty, says Nick Poole of the West Milton Cider Company.