January 2023 notes

Wednesday 11 January 2022 at 20.00, Crown Inn, Uploaders

Present:- Bruce Mead, Simon House, Dave Harris (Y), Rich Gabe, John Parker, Adrian Paterson, Michael Collard, Don Freestone, Steve Crimp, David Hewitt, Kevin Ryan, Diane Senior, Leslie Senior, Steve “Squeaker” Browne, Kelvin Nicholson, James Bennett, Kylie Stroud, Alex Bardswell, Adrian Carey and Chris Slade

  1. Apologies
    Tony Egerton, Ellis Ford, James Buckley, Chris Buckley, Rose Rychnovsky, Dave Harris (E) and Alan Fowler
  2. Chairs Opening Remarks / Actions Arising
    Brew Dorch (Dorchester’s Festival of Drinks) takes place 16th – 19th February. Venues across the town are celebrating the town’s prestigious brewing and distilling history, and are organising some “refreshing” events that will involve a fair amount of alcohol and frivolity.
    One event is a Beer Quiz – it was agreed that we would try to enter a Team
  3. Beer Scores
    Adrian informed the meeting that 383 beer scores had been entered into the database since the last meeting by 35 CAMRA members (29 from West Dorset)
    32 pubs were selected for the Good Beer Guide from an initial shortlist of 54 pubs
  4. Publinkers
    We’re looking for volunteers to fill the following vacant Publinker areas. Can you help?
    • West of Weymouth – added January 2023
    • Frome Valley & Beyond
    • West of Sherborne
    • Gillingham & Area
    • East Stour, Marnhull & Area

      Check out the pubs in each area online: https://bit.ly/3H3Bube
  5. Branch Competitions
    Rich Gabe will contact the Pub of the Year winner. Presentation at Beerex will be arranged with Bruce presenting the Certificate. A short piece will go in the Dongle and hopefully the Beerex programme.
  6. Membership
    Since the last update there had been 3 new members and 2 lapsed members. The total now stands at 689.
  7. Social Media
    Efforts have been focused on Beerex. This seems to have been successful, with very strong online sales.
  8. Publicity and Social Events
    Rich Gabe reported there was another Beerex press release which centres on charity/Vic at Cerne, plus evening sessions with band announcements.
    Socials – Looking at potential March 4th for Frome trip and have done a recki into a follow up Bristol trip for 2023.
    The Exeter bus is now full.
  9. Regional Meeting
    The next regional meeting is on the 4th February at 12:30. As this coincides with Dorchester Beerex, the meeting is going to be held at the festival in the Council Chamber. There has been little communication from our new RD as it appears she is still struggling to get her I.T. set up so she can email branches etc.
    If anyone has any issues that they wish to have raised, please let Dave Harris (Y) know before the 31st January so he can either arrange to have them added to the agenda or raise them under AOB
  10. Beerex 2003
    Adrian Carey sent through an update on Beerex:
    With just over three weeks to go before the start of the 2023 Beerex festival, all systems are go. The beer has been ordered, the glasses are on their way, all the information for the program is being collated and the food will be ordered this week.
    The committee has been working hard to get Beerex ready for another year, but we are still looking for people to volunteer to work behind the bar at all sessions over Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of February, if you would like to volunteer yourself or know someone who could help out please let Dave Harris (Y) know.
    We are also looking for raffle prizes for the event, if you have any unwanted Xmas presents or a bottle to donate please do. Remember the money raised all goes to charity.
  11. Pub News
    There has been little movement in the market over the holidays. However, it’s noted that over 20 branch pubs (mainly rural) are having a break in January. These closures have been added to the Whatpub additional information panel, so please check with Whatpub before travelling to a specific venue.
    Lord Nelson, Bridport has been added to Palmer’s ‘Tenancy Available’ web page. The Countryman, East Knighton is now available under a Retail Agreement.
    As mentioned last month, Robin Collyns & family (ex-Pilot Boat) has taken the George, Bridport and the Bridport Arms, West Bay. Of note are the new business hours of each establishment, both closing early evening (8pm & 9pm respectively), which suggests a restaurant atmosphere rather than a pub. 
    BBC Radio Solent report that the residents of Tolpuddle are hoping to buy and re-open The Martyr’s Inn. Around £400,000 has been pledged so far. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0dv38t2
  12. AOB
    None

Meeting Closed at 23.05

Next Meeting Wednesday 8 February at the Acorn, Evershot