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Branch Pub and Club of the Year Announced

Thanks to all Durham CAMRA members who took part in the vote for Branch pubs and club of the year 2016. The votes have been counted and ratified by the branch and the results are given below. Congratulations to winners, runners-up and all who received nominations. The winners will now go forward to the regional competitions in the respective categories.

Thanks are also due to Black Paw Brewery and the Station House, Durham for providing prizes in the draw amongst those members submitting votes. The winners of these are in the process of being contacted.

Clothing to Nepal

Over the years, Durham CAMRA have supplied supply all volunteers with a shirt for helping out at the festival and in some years we used to have polo shirts for sale to the public. As we never managed to sell all the polo shirts and usually there are a few staff shirts left over at the end of each festival we found ourselves storing more and more surplus clothing.

40 Years at The Victoria, Durham

CAMRA Durham chairman Peter Lawson presenting landlord Michael Webster with certificate

CAMRA Durham members gathered at Durham's Victoria Inn recently to celebrate a milestone in the pub world. Michael Webster first stepped behind the bar in 1975, and forty years on, not much has changed at the Vic. There are now five handpumps and even more whisky and whiskey, but the building, the roaring fires, and the atmosphere thankfully remain unchanged.
Here's to the next forty years!

Pub Updates

Below are the latest pub updates that the Branch is aware of since the publication of Durham Drinker Issue 117:

Real ale become available

Black Bull, Old Shotton Bistro 21, Aykley Heads, Durham Green Tree, Bishop Auckland Tanfield Lea Working Mens Club, Tanfield Lea Salutation, Framwellgate Moor but then closed Sambuca restaurant Durham Ye Olde Fleece, Bishop Middleham Whistle Blower, Consett (former Coach and horses)

Real ale removed

Old England, Great Lumley Quarry Burn, Hunwick Hamsteels Inn, Quebec Angel, Durham

Reopened

Branch AGM

The 2015 AGM of the Durham Branch of CAMRA is to be held on Tuesday April 14th at The Ship Inn in Middlestone Village, DL14 8AB (https://goo.gl/maps/AWg9p) Starting at 19:30 the AGM will receive reports from the outgoing Branch Committee, debate and vote on any Motions received, and elect the new Branch Committee to serve until the next Branch AGM in April 2016. The AGM is open to all CAMRA members; just ensure you have your current membership card with you. There will be time after the AGM to socialise with other members and food will be provided.

Voting now open for 2015 Pubs and Club of the Year

A good number of nominations were received from branch CAMRA members to become Pubs and Club of the Year for 2015. Voting is now open and to encourage participation a draw will take place from all valid votes received for a small prize of bottle conditioned ales. Visit http://www.camradurham.org.uk/awards/2015-pubs-and-club-of-the-year-nominations/ to see how you can vote.

Durham Beer Festival Returns in August

The 2014 Durham Beer Festival takes place on the 27th-30th of August. Featuring 120 real ales and 30 ciders/perries, including all-new Battle of the Beers entries, it is a great opportunity to try something new.

The festival will be at the Durham Students' Union building on New Elvet, Durham. Food, soft drinks, wine and spirits will also be available.

Edit: Beer and Cider lists are now available!

POTY and COTY Nominations Deadline Extended

If you're a CAMRA Durham member and haven't yet nominated any pubs for Pub of the Year, Club of the Year or Cider Pub of the Year, you now have extra time to do so - the nominations deadline has been extended to January 26th.

To take part, please email your nominations to the Secretary. You can nominate up to two pubs, up to two clubs and up to two cider pubs.

Why not have a look at WhatPub?

At the end of September CAMRA launched WhatPub, its own online guide to the pubs of the UK, to the general public. It contains information of in excess of 35,000 pubs which serve real ale in the UK, which it believes represents about 96% of the total.

Branch Officers Visit GBG Pubs

A fantastic summer of sunshine was finally broken with a wet and windy Friday in early September. A great day then to get out and about visiting pubs that have been put in the 2014 Good Beer Guide and hand them their letter of notification and marketing material. Putting on their raincoats and hats, together with shorts and flip-flops, were John Collinson (Durham Branch Secretary) and Julian Allison (Durham Pubs Officer).

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