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WhatPub can show Services during Lockdown.
Tony Egerton has been working through our WhatPub entries to keep them up-to-date with the latest information we have. He sends this information on how to access this info:
“Quite a few West Dorset pubs are providing services to the community during this lock down. These can be meals, both takeaway and delivered, beer and other drinks and in some cases groceries. In order to support pubs in your area just go to Whatpub and select the area you want and tick the 'COVID-19 Temporary arrangements' box. This will present you with a number of premises offering extra services this lockdown.”
  Dated 14/11/20.
Local Services List.
In addition to this WhatPub information and because we also have breweries in our area providing services, Bruce Mead has been working to refresh the list we produced during the first lockdown so as to provide this information all in one document for you. You can download/read this document here.this document here. Please make use of it if you can to support our local businesses during this awkward time.   Dated 14/11/20.
Lockdown Takeaway rule too blunt.
CAMRA slams proposed ban on takeaway beer sales for pubs and brewers. The Campaign for Real Ale has blasted the proposed ban on pubs and brewers selling takeaway beer during the impending lockdown in England, details of which were revealed over the weekend.
The Campaign has now written to the Cabinet Office, which is at the heart of the Government’s coordination efforts to tackle COVID, to demand the removal of the unfair restriction.
In the letter, concerns are raised that the ban for hospitality venues is unprecedented, unexplained, and will only benefit supermarkets and off-sales retailers at the expense of community pubs and local brewers. Read full text of message here.
  Dated 2/11/20.
Dorchester Beerex 2021 Cancelled.
It is with extreme sadness that organisers of the 33rd Dorchester Beerex; West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary must announce the cancelation of the 2021 event due to the current Covid 19 pandemic. The Beerex committee discussed the possibility and avenues of an event later next year but felt with things being what they are now in the current climate it would be better to come back in 2022. To be in line with government guidance CAMRA nationally are not permitting any beer festivals or social gatherings. Read full text of message here.

The Beerex committee would like to raise a glass and wish all of our supporter's good health and we look forward to seeing you all safe in 2022.
Rich Gabe, on behalf of Beerex Committee.
  Dated 23/9/20.
Pub of the year 2021.
In the past the competition would have got underway with the AGM. Russ Ware, our competition organiser says "I’m open for nominations now until 31st October. Exceptional circumstances have arisen this year which have altered the way pubs have reacted. This year a big focus on how each pub has helped their local community and the precautions put in place after they were allowed to reopen. Please take this into account when making your nominations.
RESTRICTION To qualify your nomination you need to have entered at least one beer score into WhatPub in the last twelve months for the pub of your choice.
NOTE Each pub may have taken differing paths to the reopening process so please include details with your nomination.
When you have decided which pub you think deserves nominating E-mail me your choice with a brief reason why accompanied by your CAMRA member number to russware56@outlook.com
I will also be looking for judges, a minimum of six are required but more is better. Judging results to be with me by 16th January 2021 with presentation early February.
Again the deadline for nominations is 31st October 2020."
  Dated 22/9/20.








Dorchesters Kings Arms due to open NEXT WEEK!!.From their web site today: "The King’s Arms in Dorchester will open its doors and welcome guests on Thursday 17th September 2020. Having been acquired by the Stay Original Company in 2016 it has undergone a major renovation with a spacious ground floor bar and restaurant open all day. Upstairs there will be 20 delightful bedrooms and a further 14 bedrooms next year."
It has been along wait, but it will be great to see a new lease of life for this lovely old building!
  Dated 7/9/20.
Brewing re-starts at Gyle 59.From their Facebook page at the end of August: "Our Brewery Beer Garden is open again today from 12pm to 5pm. We have 4 draught beers on, plus a huge range of bottles and cans from Gyle 59 and other independent breweries such as Arbor Ales, LERVIG Drink, Moor Beer, Gilt & Flint, The White Hag Irish Brewing Co. and many more."   Dated 7/9/20.
St Austell opens refurbished Rock Point in Lyme Regis.The pub was bought by St Austell in 2019 and has now had a major refurbishment, reopening in August. From their web page: "The Rock Point is now open after a complete renovation of the bar, dining areas, guest bedrooms and outdoor spaces and we cannot wait to show you what we have been creating!"  Dated 30/8/20.
Cerne Abbas Brewery has new brewery tap.Cerne Abbas Brewery is now operating a brewery tap on Fridays and Saturdays. Current detail: Address - Chescombe Barn, Barton Meadows Farm, Cerne Abbas DT2 7JS. Phone: 01300 341999 or 07506 303407.   Dated 22/8/20.
Pubs and Dates they plan to re-open These are the re-openings that we know about. If your pub, club, or bar isn't listed please message us directly so that we can add it. This list will be updated regularly, so please keep checking back to see if your venue is opening. Some pubs are opening on a limited basis.
You are advised to check with the venue before travelling to avoid disappointment.…
Click the picture to see the list.  Dated 26/06/20.
Weymouth Octoberfest 2020 is cancelledHaving waited until the end of June to assess the situation, we decided in the last week that there was no other sensible choice but to cancel this year’s festival. In our view there were too many factors which could impact the festival adversely, and none which would help it.
We have dates booked for next year and hope to return on 1st and 2nd of October 2021.
  Dated 29/6/20.
Giant Dongle Spring Issue contains: Lyme Regis: a flourishing beer scene; Australian pub caught up in the bush fires; Tryanuary in Southampton, Latest News & What's On..… Click the picture to read this issue.  Dated 10/03/20.
St Austell collects "Beer of Octoberfest" awardAfter winning the Beer of festival award last October, a beer tasting event in Dorchester was chosen as the venue for presenting the award. 25 CAMRA members came to the event and the opportunity was taken to hand over the well earned reward.  Dated 4/3/20.
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