The Welsh Perry & Cider Society (WPCS) is a
not-for-profit organisation registered as a Company Limited by
Guarantee since 2009. It is a membership organisation managed by a
board of directors who are voted in biennially by the members.
The current board of directors is made up of:
- Alex Simmens - (Interim Chair)Llanblethian Orchards,
- Ann Hallett - Hallets Real Cider, Caerphilly
- Mike Penney - Troggi Seidr,
- Len Nicholas (Non Executive) - Afal Y Graig Seidr, Port
- Sally Perks - Raglan Cider Mill, Llanarth
- Jessica Deathe - Three Saints, Usk
- Chris Charters - CAMRA Deputy Director Wales, CAMRA Apple
-Cider co-ordinator for Wales.
The WPCS has been raising the profile of real perry and cider
since 2001, when it was set up by founder members Dave Matthews and
Alan Golding. Since then the WPCS has cultivated an ever-growing
crop of traditional cider and perry producers that now spans the
length and breadth of Wales, and we aim to continue this trend by
building projects to support the industry, its customers, and the
heritage behind this to ensure we move forward and grow
In 2009 the WPCS was successful in securing funding
from the Welsh Government to deliver a project which resulted in a
number of initiatives to support Welsh craft cider makers. This
included applying for PDO status for real Welsh cider and perry,
which is now with the EU for consideration.
In 2014, the WPCS was granted development funding
by the Heritage Lottery Fund to put together the final workings of
a project that will provide support and guidance to community
orchard owners and encourage the wider growth of Welsh cider apple
and perry pear varieties. This work will build on the hugely
successful Museum Orchard which we began planting back in 2006 at
the Raglan Cider Mill in the heart of Monmouthshire.
The thousands of discerning drinkers that attend
our annual festival at Caldicot Castle each May is a testament to
craft cider's growing popularity throughout the UK, as well as
across the Channel. By joining the WPCS you'll be helping us
continue to promote the practice of traditional cider-making and
the value of real Welsh perry and cider.