SV Sub Branch Meeting 21/09/16

Venue

The Swan Hotel, Almondsbury

Present

Martin Farrimond (Chair + minutes)

John Gatty

Rod Lees

Chris Clifford

Mark Vogan

 

Apologies

Andy Pickin
Simon Wells
Keith McIndoe
John Buckles

Matters Arising from last minutes:

MF was tasked to email all SV "young members" in order to find out what they might be looking for from their local sub branch. The Comms Tool segmentation revealed 3 potential candidates (aged 35 and under) who were duly emailed. No responses were received.

Membership

Report from AP that membership is +2 from last month. It's believed there are now 102 SV members.

Pub News

The Wheatsheaf, Thornbury has made the GBG (2017) for the first time.

The Anchor, Thornbury appears for the 8th year running.

The Anchor, Oldbury-on-Severn is back in again.

Hawkes House is not in the new GBG. It was reported that the dark beer they had on last week (Severn Vale's Severn Sins) was in top condition on that visit.

Knot of Rope, Thornburyis still being managed by the manager of the White Lion, Thornbury: another Marston's house.

The Royal George, Thornbury (formerly Mezze at the Royal George) has now re-opened under the Bermondsey Inns brand of Enterprise Inns. Beers on handpump at this time are: Brains SA, Gem, Doombar, Dizzy Blonde, Bitter&Twisted, Exmoor Gold (according to email received from (presumably) the manager/landlord/tenant). There are believed to be a couple of craft beers in keg form.

The White Hart, Littleton on Severn is now doing their own real cider, apparently.

Outside our area, The Salutation in Ham has just won the SW Regional Pub of the Year once again.

Brewery News

Still no contact made with Cocksure Brewing (www.cocksurebrewing.com) who's registered address is in Thornbury.

Beer Festivals

Further discussions were held over the possibility of a SV beer festival. CC has contacted several potential venues with the Chantry in Thornbury seeming to be the most suitable. However, to take things further, a festival planning commitee needs to be established, and someone needs to chair it. MF declined to do so. There were no volunteers from those present at the meeting. MF will send out an email via the Comms Tool to seek willing volunteers.

Wheatsheaf, Thornbury is holding a beer festival, Oct 14-16, with the evening of Thur Oct 13th for card-caryying CAMRA members and their guests.

Christ the King Catholic church social club (Castle Street, Thornbury) is holding its annual beer festival on Friday & Sat, 21st & 22nd Oct. Entry is free for card-carrying CAMRA members.

Campaigning

MV mentioned that the Old Down sports club had asked what it took to get an entry in WhatPub: MF replied that it needed only to be surveyed for the details to be entered into Pubzilla. MV will check back with the club to progress.

Socials

Trip to Combined Brewers on Thur, Sept 29th. Bristol branch kindly providing a bus that will pick up/drop off in Thornbury. Attendees list currently standing at around 21 people. The coach will return via The Salutation, Ham.

The regular 2nd Friday of the month trips *could* once again return to the Old Spot, Dursley. This follows the takeover and re-instatment of the direct bus route from Thornbury to Dursley by Stagecoach - service no 60. The journey timings are very convenient for this trip.

AOB

MF asked those present if anyone would like to take on the role of social secretary for the sub branch. None volunteered but a suggestion was made to email the membership via the Comms Tool, which MF will do.

The Swan was serving the following cask ales:

Wychwood's Hoptathlon Seveth Heaven

Revisionist's Salted Caramel Tawny Ale

Ringwood's Red Boar

Marston's Pedigree

Wychwood's Hobgoblin

Ringwood's Old Thumper,

...all of which are from the Marston's stable of breweries ('though Revisionist took some tracking down as it can't be found in the 2017 GBG nor in BIS/WhatPub), and all tasted were in good condition.