This is the final week of our little Compôtition at Ilmington Community Shop. We want to see your homemade plum preserves and taste your apple compotes! Thursday is the cut-off date for entries, sweet or savoury, and the recipe is up to you. Although we hope you’ll buy some ingredients from us, it’s not compulsory. Use your own garden produce or hedgerow harvest to create the perfect half-term activity. We will provide labels for anonymity and your efforts will be judged by professional taster Wendy Larner on Friday. The winner, to be announced next week, receives a 35cl bottle of Spirit of Ilmington fruit gin. What better way to celebrate the onset of winter?