SV Sub Branch Meeting 15/03/17

 

Venue

The Wheatsheaf, Thornbury

 

Present

Martin Farrimond (Chair)

Simon Wells (Secretary)

John Gatty

Boyd Moffat

Tracy Beckwith

John Buckles

Keith McIndoe

Andrew Pickin

Mark Vogan

Rod Lees

 

Apologies

Chris Clifford

 

Membership

 

Last update is 108 (down 2 from last month).

 

Pub News

 

Cross Keys, Engine Common was reported as open as usual until May by John Gatty, it's future after that however is currently unclear.

 

The Swan at Tytherington are advertising for staff.

 

Reports of a beer festival at The George, Mar 17-19

 

A "Pop up" pub may be opening again by Pete Tiley in Thornbury High Street.

 

The beer in the Lamb, Iron Action was reported as being in good condition.

 

The Salutation has won the Gloucester pub of the year and reached the last 4 of the national competition.

 

The Anchor Morton has recently had a dark beer on (Wickwar’s Shanakee Stout).

 

Rose and Crown, Rangeworthy Beer Festival 20 May.

 

Brewery News

 

Cocksure Brewing, Oldbury on Severn, will have one of their beers – Red - on at the Bristol Beer Festival.

 

Martin recently visited Kingstone Brewery (Tintern) for an excellent first Saturday of the month pizza and beer.

 

Campaigning

 

April is "Community Pubs Month".

 

May is "Mild Month". Martin asked members to implore landlords to stock a mild during May when visiting pubs over the next few weeks.

 

Martin circulated campaigning information on "CAMRA Members Weekend", "Bright Beers at Beer Festivals" and "Certificates Available From Central CAMRA".

 

ACV's - Bristol CAMRA branch have requested a meeting with South Gloucestershire council regarding their response to ACV applications. Suggested date is late March in Yate.

 

Socials

 

The Horseshoe (Chipping Sodbury), second Friday of the month and The Old Spot, Dursley, fourth Friday of the month. Contact John Gatty for details.

 

South Gloucester Mild Ale Trail 29 April.

 

Beer Festivals

 

Bristol Beer Festival 23-25 March 2017.

 

Gloucester Beer Festival  31st Mar & 1 April.

 

Chippenham Beer Festival 1 April. CAMRA Bristol are arranging a BADRAG trip.

 

Macclesfield Beer Festival 6-7 May

 

AOB

 

John Gatty wrote to the local MP regarding the beer duty rise and received a standard reply.

 

Sympathies were expressed for Sandra at the Swan following the recent death of her son.

 

Martin resigned as Chairman of Severn Vale sub-branch, Simon and Andrew remain on the Severn Vale committee. Everyone (led by John Gatty) thanked him for his efforts as Chairman and all the other work he has done to support the sub-branch.

 

The next scheduled sub-branch meeting (19th April) will be an EGM on the future of the sub-branch. Bristol branch have asked for a Severn Vale representative at one of their meetings on 12th April (to discuss both Bristol sub-branches) but a) No-one from Severn Vale can attend and b) the sub-branch wanted to discuss this first before speaking to Bristol branch. Simon to let Norman Spalding know that there will be no SV representative at meeting on 12th April.

 

The Wheatsheaf  served:

 

Hook Norton Nice Try

Bass

Doom bar

Tribute

 

Next Meeting:

 

Special EGM on the future of the Severn Vale Sub Branch at The Wheatsheaf, Thornbury on the 19th April