We are planning a gathering of SPBW members in the city of Derby on Saturday 8th July. Derby is famed for its numerous excellent pubs offering a wide range of beers. The day is also the annual event in memory of Bill English, a great SPBW stalwart who died in 2018. More details of the event will appear in due course but put the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing a lot of our members on the day.
WOODFEST 2023 (WF4) EGHAM USC UPDATE
We are now further advanced with the planning for ‘Woodfest 4’.
The opening hours are: Thursday 11th May – 3 PM to 10,30 PM
Friday 12th May – Noon to 10.30 PM
Saturday 13th May – Noon to 10.30 PM
The venue capacity is a little less than last year. So to avoid disappointment it is advisable to pre book via the website shop using the link below. On receipt of your booking you will be emailed ticket(s) which we would like you to bring either in printed paper form or on your mobile phone.
WOODFEST 2023 (WF4)
The fourth SPBW WoodFest will be held from 11 – 13 May at Egham United Services Club, 111 Spring Rise, Egham, Surrey TW20 9PE.
EUSC is well known to aficionados of good ale for its regular beer festivals. It’s less than half a mile from Egham rail station (Waterloo – Reading line).
Details of opening times, admission prices etc will be on our website as soon as possible, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need volunteers to staff the festival as well as help with the set-up from Monday to Wednesday (8th – 10th) and the take-down on the Sunday after the festival. Anyone interested in helping, please contact Angela Aspin, who handles the volunteering, at email@example.com.
We had originally planned to return to the Turk’s Head for WF4 but a rugby match at nearby Twickenham made this unavailable.
BEER & CURRY SUNDAY 12th March
This year’s B&C will be on Sunday 12 March. The fun will start at the Astronomer, 125 Middlesex Street, London E1 7JF from 12 noon. The pub is just off Bishopsgate, close to Liverpool Street station and serves beers from the Fullers/Dark Star range. The aim is to leave here 13.15ish and then visit the Kings Stores, Williams Ale House, Commercial Tavern and finish at the Pride of Spitalfields, just off Brick Lane at about 17.30 (the same itinerary as last year). We’ll then make our way to a suitable restaurant.
All are welcome – please contact Roger (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details of the pubs/route and possible even a map.
AGM 25TH MARCH 2023
Reminder – please advise us if you plan to attend
and also if you want food
The 2023 AGM of the NEC will be held on 25 March at the iconic White Horse (aka ‘Sloaney Pony’) in Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL. The pub is only 2 minutes’ walk south of Parsons Green underground station on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line. The meeting will start at 12.30 prompt in the upstairs function room (the pub opens at noon). The White Horse usually offers 6 draught beers and there is a very generous discount for CAMRA members. All SPBW members are invited to attend this meeting.
We are unable to provide free food! If you want a set meal you will need to order this at the bar. The full list of options can be viewed at www.whitehorsesw6.com. Food booking is now closed.
We can also organize a buffet (this was excellent value last year, see menu on line), but please inform Peter Chutter at ‘email@example.com‘ or text to 07517 201121 by Thursday evening 17 March if you require the buffet. We are hoping to arrange a discount on the food. If you book the buffet and then cannot attend please let Peter know by Wednesday 22 March, otherwise you may still be liable for payment (we are taking this on trust). Whether or not you’ll require feeding, please let Peter know if you intend to attend.
* The post of Products Manager has become vacant. This key role mainly involves maintaining the stock of SPBW products and ordering from manufacturers. Please let John Rooth (details on p2) if you are interested in taking this on.
* A few changes to the NEC Constitution have been proposed by the Committee for ratification at the AGM. These are set out below with changes shown in italics.
4. National Executive Committee (NEC)
(a) The NEC shall be the guiding body of the Society and shall meet monthly, unless agreed otherwise at a previous meeting.
(c) Any new nominee for an NEC post should be an SPBW National Member.
11. Annual General Meeting
(a) The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the NEC shall take place during March each year on a date to be determined by the NEC. This date will be notified to SPBW members not less than four months before the date of the AGM. Any member of the Society may attend
and vote at the AGM.
(b) Only National Members and current NEC members may be permitted to vote at the AGM.
(c) Proxy voting may be allowed in extenuating circumstances to be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the NEC.
(f) Any member in attendance may seek election, at the discretion of the Chairman, if no nominations have been so received by the Secretary. That member must be an SPBW National Member.
* After the meeting there will be the usual pubs ramble, possibly in the Putney area.
SPBW ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 25th March 2023
The AGM will be held again on the 25th March at the iconic ‘White Horse’ (AKA ‘Sloaney Pony’) in Parsons Green, London SW6. The pub is only 2 minutes walk away from Parsons Green underground station on the Wimbledon branch of the District line. The starting time of the meeting is 12.30 and after the meeting there will be the usual pubs ramble probably in the West London area.
The White Horse has several food options menu including a buffet or normal mains etc menu. The full list of options can be viewed at ‘www.whitehorsesw6.com‘.
SPBW members who wish to attend the meeting MUST inform Peter Chutter at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org‘ or text to 07517 201121 by Thursday evening the 17th March ESPECIALLY if they require the buffet. From the normal menu (order separately when you arrive). We are hoping to arrange a discount on the food. Also, if you are a CAMRA member please bring your card as there is a good discount on the beer (usually they have 6 different beers on – typical price for a up to 4% ABV is under £4 with discount).
If you book the buffet and then cannot attend you MUST let us know by Wednesday 22nd March, otherwise you may still be liable for payment (We are taking this on trust).
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