The real taste of Somerset
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
Twenty-two years ago we made a film for Sheppy’s Cider. Tucked quietly away in their Farm Museum it was viewed by six to seven thousand visitors a year. I had completely forgotten about it. Then the phone rang. Could we update it? Well, you can’t really update old video formats so we negotiated on producing a new short film. The farm had grown and new ciders were being developed by David and Louisa Sheppy. We had got to know David’s parents (Richard and Mary) well during the original filming and I was inspired to hear Richard talk about stewardship of the land and passing the care of it onto the next generation. Well, the next generation are making a great success of it and I am sure he would be very proud of what they are achieving.
The film was launched on the 1st April to forty members of staff (past and present). James Crowden said some lovely words in praise of local cider and we projected the film onto a ten foot screen. It was followed by one of those unforgettable farmhouse suppers – home cured ham, Somerset cheeses, pickled onions, chutneys, fresh granary bread, fruit and bottles and bottles of cider. It wouldn’t have disgraced the film set of Delicatessen.
I hope this new version will run for twenty years too, by which time I may have digested the supper! A magical Somerset evening.