There are a couple of important and hopefully, enjoyable events coming up I wish to draw your attention to. This Saturday 20th is the Red Cat Brewery Open day and some of the us will start with brekky at the Angel Wetherspoons then catch the 11.10 train to Winchester, if you wish to join us.
Our Branch Pubs and Clubs of the Year have been voted on and presentations for 2 of the 4 winners will take place this week. On Tuesday 23rd May there is a presentation at the Basingstoke Sports and Social Club (May's Bounty) as Club of the Year (East of Region) at 7.30pm before the May Branch meeting at 8pm, which you are warmly welcome to attend. Soon after on Thursday 25th May the Pub of the Year (East of Region) presentation to The Plough at Little London will take place during an evening shared with a group of visitors from all over the South of England, called the 'Wind-Up'. They are running vintage buses to the pub and back for anyone who wishes to make a donation. Pick up at Basingstoke Station at 6.10pm to return for around 9.30pm.
The presentations for the winners from the west of the region - Wonston Arms and Whitchurch Sports and Social Club are T.B.A. later.
The main Branch business event of the year is your A.G.M. on Saturday 10th June, 11am at the Town Mills Andover with a pre-meeting brekky at the Angel, Andover from 9.45 (top end of Andover High Street), Afterwards a group will travel by bus to the Eagle Inn Beer Festival (Abbots Ann) for those who wish to go along to this annual well-run event, featuring Welsh and Shropshire beers this year. See their website for details.
Our branch is running with a very small group of active volunteer members. Recently we have lost some Beer Lines delivery folk to the outer Andover area as transport is needed. The new look free mag comes out in August then every quarter, with lots of input by our editor Jim Turner. Could you spare a few hours to help out? Rounds are usually 4-6 pubs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org initially. Also Jim always needs high resolution pub/beer-related pics for inclusion, plus interesting local content. Budding writers are welcome to email him about the new mag. Send to email@example.com
Finally some extra pleas - for the upcoming election, please join by lobbying local politicians to commit to supporting pubs, beer, cider makers and drinkers - the industry needs active support.
Well, that's all folks, except to congratulate our Pubs and Clubs Officer John Buckley who has just become Mayor of Whitchurch - no need to lobby him..........
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If you wish to benefit from it - it's up to you!!