Ploughing competitor’s thirst quenched by local cider maker

Allen Hogan

Allen Hogan

Hogan’s Cider, Warwickshire’s only commercial cider maker, ensured thirsty ploughmen were well supplied when it provided a bar for the Forest of Arden Agricultural Society’s 66th Ploughing and Hedging Competition.

The event was held at Kingley Farm, Wixford, on Thursday September 18.

The Forest of Arden Agricultural Society was established in 1936 to foster and keep alive, through competition, the agricultural crafts of ploughing and hedging and to encourage members to take a competitive interest in the growing of crops, whilst enjoying the various social events organised on their behalf.

Hogan’s Cider is headed-up by Waterford native Allen Hogan, who quit working in IT to turn his hobby making cider into a successful business.

He said: ”We were delighted to be able to support such a local event, celebrating the rural community in which we live and work.

“On the day we offered a range of our ciders alongside a local ale from Purity and a local lager from Freedom.

“We hope our award-winning ciders managed to satisfy the thirsty competitors and their spectators!”

The proceedings kicked-off at 9am and alongside the ploughing and hedging competition there was a range of events aimed at celebrating rural crafts.

They included a fly fishing demo from Nicholas Wingfield and a demonstration from the Warwickshire Beagles. There was also be a display of a First World War field kitchen, which would have been used to provide hot food to soldiers in the trenches.

Prizes were presented by HRH The Princess Royal.