aren’t these exciting times! Test Match…..Brexit(sorry)….POTS voting.
PLEASE don’t get too excited however, although I always reckon a couple of
pints helps steady the nerves. Now then- to business!
The 3 Pubs/Clubs shortlisted through beer scoring for the Autumn Pub Of The
Season (POTS) are …in no particular order
- Empingham Cricket and Social Club
- Green Dragon Ryhall
- Grainstore Oakham.
Please VOTE for your choice, by EITHER sending your vote electronically or vote in person at the September branch meeting (see below) . NB Please send your electronic votes to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (This is a temporary arrangement as both our new pubs officer and our newly retired pubs officer are currently unavailable) You MUST include your name and CAMRA number when you send your vote. Why not use this weekend to pop round them all? E-Voting closes at midnight on Wed Sept 11. You don’t have long!
PLEASE NOTE THAT VOTES MUST HAVE YOUR RUTLAND CAMRA MEMBERSHIP NUMBER. THESE WILL BE SCRUTINISED.
The next Branch meeting will be held on Thurs.SEPT 12 at the ‘Plough’ in
Greetham. The (relatively) new licensee is very keen to meet us, so let’s
try to get a decent turn out. Normal agenda .We will kick off @ 7.30 pm. They
are generally jolly affairs so please contemplate attending. Let’s crowd out
the pub! .
membership continues to grow apace, so thank you for your efforts! Remember
the challenge is for EVERY member to coerce/persuade someone else to join. We
had 219 members as of our AGM , but I can report that our branch membership as
of 01 September now stands at 227! That’s some increase…so let’s keep this
Talking of the AGM , the (draft) minutes of the meeting can be found on
our website (see above). The main news is that officers remain the same EXCEPT
that we have a new Pubs Officer, Andrew Hull, who takes over from Dave Laughton
who had filled this role with great aplomb, skill and humour for a good number
of years. We thank Dave very much for his contribution to the branch and wish
Andrew well as he takes up the reigns (Burghley topical jest)
has made the reasonable plea that members HELP him in this role by keeping him
informed of pub news as he will not be able to monitor all that is going on .
Eventually we would like members to volunteer to ‘adopt’ a pub/s and regularly
update him on what is going on in these pubs re beers/ciders on offer/ changes
in licensee/beer festivals etc. We are getting the pubs officer email address
switched over to Andrew, but it is not yet operational.
Harris has also offered to ‘shadow’ me in my roles of Branch
Secretary/Membership Secretary and we will be getting together soon to organise
this. Thanks Rich!
Cask Ale Week is scheduled for 19-29 September, and as a branch I have
gained the Chair’s enthusiastic approval that we need to get behind this
- I have written to all the pubs that I have email
addresses for(my list is not complete) to tell em that they should at least
investigate supporting this week and that they can get info at www.caskaleweek.co.uk .
- Can we ALL visit at least one pub (hopefully more)
during this week and then:
Write a very brief report of your visit ..ales/ciders available /any other
points of interest and send it to ME email@example.com .
I will forward to Andrew.
Score your visit (if you are not sure HOW to please have a look at the
instructions on our web site)
Tell the licensee why you are there; check to see if they are CAMRA members;
and if they are NOT then try to persuade them that they should be. Either give
them a leaflet OR simply tell em yo visit the CAMRA web site www.camra.org.uk and click on the join up
that’s all I think you can cope with! See you at the Branch meeting in
Greetham…perhaps all 227 of us…that would certainly make a page article in
and of course, Toodle Pip
CAMRA Branch Secretary