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Dec 092016

Ho Ho Ho!

A little early maybe, but as I am currently dressed in red and residing in a grotto I could not resist the greeting.  Please accept my apologies for not attending the Branch meeting this Saturday (10th) at 12.30 at The Plymouth Inn in Okehampton where the two main items for discussion are our Pub Of The Year nominations and Good Beer Guide nominations.  I am grateful to all of you who made the effort to get your nominations to Fiona and Bob for these two most important items.  I am always disappointed that so few members voice their opinions until the process is complete and they don't like the outcome.

Our December meeting will be the last of 2016 and then we head off into 2017.  Future meeting dates are: 

14th January – Branch social meeting at Exeter and East Devon Branch Festival Of Winter Ales.  I really look forward to seeing you there, please come and say hello.

11th February 12.30 at The Corner House in Barnstaple

and most importantly

11th March 12.30 BRANCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at The Kings Arms, South Zeal.  If you have any items for discussion you have a few months to formulate them and send them to either Chris Wells, Branch Secretary or me.  We have already proposed discussing the selection processes for our various branch awards including Pub Of The Year, our Branch Constitution and the date of future AGMs.

Now, our great Social Secretary, Mark, has been extra busy on your behalf arranging all sorts of wonderful excuses to get together and enjoy some fine ales.  On Saturday 25th February he has arranged a visit to Exeter Brewery.  The cost will be £17.50 and this includes the brewery tour, hours of drinking and a pie and mash supper.  Meeting at Barnstaple railway station members will pay their own return fare to Exeter St. Davids.  On Saturday 13th May there will be a special 'Campaigning Day' trip around pubs in the northern part of our branch area.  For more details of both of these please contact Mark as usual –

Issue 13 of Beer Tiz, our branch newsletter is due to be delivered within the next couple of days so please look out for it in your local and get in touch with the relevant pubs officer if it does not appear.  Perhaps you could help with delivery?

Finally, Sue and John Hirst are arranging for branch polo shirts/rugby shirts etc to be available for members to order.  Come along to a branch meeting to find out more.

I wish you all health and happiness in 2017.  Perhaps I will meet up with you at The Camra Members Weekend or even the Great British Beer Festival!  Have a look at our branch website for all the great beer festivals locally and at the CamRA website for national events.

Lastly, consider volunteering to be a branch officer.  The roles are varied and fun.  Talk to me or to Fiona or to any branch officer if you want to know more.

Ho Ho Ho,  Merry Christmas


Oct 182016
I would like to draw your attention to 5 items this month. Top of my list is a question – have you voted for your choice of Champion Beer Of Britain?  If not, why not?  It couldn't be easier and it is very important to our regional brewers.  I urge you to take advantage of […]
Jul 022016
This month's chat is in two parts; the original just below and a supplement after that! Hello "Alers",     Well July is already here and so I enclose the month's must do list. But firstly I wish to say a bit about the South West Regional Campaigning Day at the beginning of June.  The day […]
Jun 102016
Hello Fellow Alers, This is short email to introduce myself. I’m Chris. Hammond and I’m the membership secretary and one of the press officers at North Devon Camra. I hope to produce a regular feature to publicise events in our region. If you would like your EVENT or other information to be included please contact […]
Mar 082016
Hello Well, this is it, my last monthly mailout!  I must admit to feeling rather sad.  Being Membership Secretary has been such a lovely role and I really  have enjoyed every minute of it.  But I am happy to be passing it on to someone else too. I do hope that I will see you […]
Jan 252016
Please accept my apologies for not making it to the last meeting and for the lateness of this mailout.  I have been suffering from this awful cold that has been doing the rounds.  I have been ‘under the weather’ since Christmas and just don’t seem to be able to shake it off! There are a […]
Dec 212015
Good morning, although the weather certainly isn’t good!  Apologies for the late dispatch of my monthly mailout – I seem to have been out singing, dancing and generally having fun far too much this month to find time to sit at my computer! Just a couple of reminders then:- Our next branch meeting is on […]
Nov 142015
Good afternoon I can think of no better way of spending such a wet afternoon in November than sitting at my computer talking to you. I hope that your festive preparations are well under way.  I am, of course, completely organised.  My hampers are filled for my family, my presents for friends have been bought. […]
Oct 182015
This morning I saw our first frost of the autumn and it was beautiful. You have a busy week ahead. Oh yes you have because I need you to exercise your right as a member of the Campaign for Real Ale and vote! First of all there is the vote for Champion Beer Of Britain. […]
Sep 232015
My apologies for the lateness of this mailout but it has been a busy month. Our next Branch event is Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September  North Devon Branch will be supporting the 3rd Beer and Cider Festival at RHS Rosemoor.  There will be entertainment:- Friday afternoon (2pm – 4pm)  –  Becky, JJ and Edge (acoustic guitar and […]
Aug 222015
Well Morris and I survived the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London.  What a fantastic week we had.  It was hard work and we were exhausted from working a 14 hour day Monday to Saturday, but it was worth it.  If you fancy joining us next year please do – I can’t recommend it […]
Jul 142015
Good morning I hope you have been able to enjoy the recent fine weather, although we have had a few storms too! Your Branch Committee has been busy lately – we have taken a serious look at the processes we go through to select our Pub Of The Year[POTY], Cider Pub Of The Year[CPOTY], Club […]
Jun 192015
Following our recent Regional Meeting there were several issues that need a response from Branch members – yes that's you!  Not everyone can attend branch meetings so I thought I would pop them up on the website (having just learnt how to!).  If you want to respond please email me. Our Regional Director would love […]
Jun 172015
Good morning The weather is far too nice to be indoors at my computer so this will be brief! Since our branch AGM back in March several things have happened.  To find out more you really must come to our next branch meeting on Saturday 20th June at 12.30 at The Oxenham Arms, South Zeal […]
May 122015
Good afternoon I have recovered from dancing in the dawn on Dartmoor on 1st May and am beginning to settle down to some CamRA stuff! Morris and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at The Members Weekend and AGM in Nottingham a few weeks ago.  What a lovely place Nottingham is, very clean and the people were […]
Apr 122015
Hello, I hope you had an enjoyable Easter.  I must confess to eating far too much chocolate! Morris and I are off to the CamRA National AGM and Members Weekend in Nottingham in a few days time.  We are looking forward to meeting up with lots of friends. It was great to see so many […]
Mar 172015
Hello and welcome to spring! The sun is shining outside and I’m inside with my computer – its a hard life being Membership Secretary! Our branch has a big event this month: *Annual General Meeting* *CAMRA North Devon Branch* on Saturday 28th March at 12.30 a The Black Horse, Torrington It would be so good […]
Feb 102015
Winter is in full flow but spring is just around the corner and the busiest time of year for our branch is well under way.  The branch Committee and Pubs Officers have been spending the last 2 months visiting all the pubs in the Good Beer Guide and all the new nominations.  Morris and Bob […]
Jan 142015
Happy New Year I hope that the new year brings you all you wish for. All members received an email from the National Chairman, Colin Valentine.  It was full of good news regarding CAMRAs campaigning successes. At our Branch meeting last weekend members voted for our Branch Brewery of the Year.  Countrylife Brewery, Clearwater Brewery […]
Dec 152014
Hello and Merry Christmas I make no apologies for saying Merry Christmas, I think it is the most wonderful time of year. I am still recovering from our Branch Festive lunch. It was the biggest and best! Great venue, great food, great company and a visit from Santa Claus!! We have a great deal to […]
Nov 142014
Hello and Seasons Greetings! I have lots to tell you about this month. Your Committee have been very busy organising dates for the forthcoming year! So please take a look at the attached Information Update as there are a lot of interesting things being arranged, especially by our Social Secretary, Mark. Have you voted for […]
Nov 042014
Hello member Have you completed your Champion Beer of Britain voting. Follow the link on the main CamRA site it’s really easy to do. You don’t need to know all the beers, just vote for the ones you like. I’ve done it. So has Morris. In December the committee and the pubs officers will be […]
Oct 082014
It would appear that summer is officially over….Morris lit the fire last night! Our next Branch Business Meeting is on Saturday 25th October, 12.30 at The Post Inn, Whiddon Down I’m really looking forward to seeing you there.  We have quite a few issues to discuss, for instance voting for your Champion Beer of Britain.  You will […]
Sep 122014
Our next Branch meeting is a lovely relaxed social meeting enjoying the beer festival at The New Inn, Roborough on Saturday 27th September at 12.30. When you come to the meeting you will be able to buy the 2015 Good Beer Guide for just £10 (£12 to non-members, RRP £15.99!) The Tutored Beer Tasting on […]
Jul 182014
Hello What a busy summer!  I hope you are finding time to relax and enjoy the good weather.  I have a lot of information to pass on this month so ….. Our next Branch meeting is on           Saturday 2nd August, 12.30 at The Bell Inn, Chittlehampton We will be presenting the Finalist […]
Jun 022014
Hello Apologies for the lateness of this mailout, it has been such a busy few weeks. So our campaigning has yet again been instrumental in influencing the Government –  A Pubs Adjudicator to be appointed! Lets hope that this will be effective.  Well done for supporting CamRA. Morris was interviewed by Matt Woodly from Radio […]