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NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS: Wine and beer makers’ huge win

Left to right.Tom Fennemore, Margaret Stafford, Neil Bridges, Dave Gilbert, Robin Woolley.

Left to right.Tom Fennemore, Margaret Stafford, Neil Bridges, Dave Gilbert, Robin Woolley.

Eastwood and District Wine and Beer Makers recently took part in a national competition and won in 18 categories.

The group entered into the 56th amateur wine and beer makers annual show in Coventry, held between April 4 and 6.

Members won the cup for most points in all classes – an award open to all groups, and came home with eight first prizes among several others.

Robin Woolley was awarded for his fruit win, white dry table wine and sweet flower wine and Tom Fennemore won prizes for his bitter, stout and liquer kit and Dave Gilbert won for his light ale, strong ale and malt extract bitter.

Neil Bridges won for his dry red fruit wine, dry white kit wine, sweet white kit wine and liquer kit and Margaret Stafford won in the newcomers category for her dry white wine, dry red wine and bitter.

Eastwood and District Wine and Beermakers is now in its 45th year, and holds regular meetings at Greasley Parish Hall on the third Tuesday of every month.

Member Dave Gilbert said; “This was the first time that the society had entered the National show, so to return with eight trophies was a remarkable success.”

Joan Bridges has been a member for more than 30 years. She said: “We entered to boost the confidence of the members. It was something different and it was challenge so we thought why not.

“It was quite a shock how well it went! We have got some good wine makers. Some of them have won no end of awards at regional level.”

Years ago the group was called Eastwood Wine Circle and used to meet at the Eastwood council office in Church Street.

New members are welcome.

 

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