Director of the Museum of Cider in Hereford and co-founder of Cider Women, Elizabeth Pimblett, has been honoured with this year's Pomona Award by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Recognised for her dedication to the cider community, the award ceremony is set for Saturday, 14 October at Hellens Manor House in Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

The Pomona Award, named after the Goddess of fruit trees and orchards, celebrates contributions to the promotion of real cider or perry. Those who nominated Elizabeth consider her a 'key player' in Britain's cider community, both in the UK and internationally. Elizabeth has led the Museum of Cider for seven years, where she found inspiration in a set of 18th-century air twisted cider glasses.

Elizabeth shared her thoughts: “I instantly felt a passion for cider and wanted to explore it further and be part of its revival; we are now seeing a renaissance of this fantastic drink. It is a wonderfully inclusive field with fantastic interplay across the world, showcasing specialisms and a vast range of interesting people and products.”

Andrea Briers, who manages CAMRA’s Pomona Award, said: “Elizabeth is a true champion of cider and perry and I am delighted to give the Pomona Award to her. She has shown unwavering dedication to researching and educating about the fascinating role of cider across the centuries.”

The Museum of Cider, where Elizabeth serves as Director, is an Independent Charitable Trust founded in 1973. The museum's extensive collection is housed in the original 1888 Bulmer's factory. It has achieved Accreditation status from the Arts Council, England, for its standards of care applied to the collection.

To learn more about the Pomona Award and CAMRA’s Cider and Perry Month, one can visit their website.