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Notice of AGM

CAMRA Durham hereby give notice that their AGM will take place on Tuesday 25th April 2017 at The Ship Inn in Middlestone commencing at 19:30.

All members are invited to attend the meeting which will receive reports of the Committee, receive the Branch accounts for the year 2016 and to elect the Committee which will serve to the next AGM. The following committee positions are to be elected:

Pubs and Club of the Year 2017 Results

The results of CAMRA Durham Pubs and Club of the Year for 2017 as voted by members were ratified at the January meeting as

Town Pub of the Year
1st Victoria, Durham City
Runner up Station House, Durham City

Country Pub of the Year
1st Smiths Arms, Castle Dene, Chester-le-Street
Runner up Dun Cow, Seaton

Club of the Year
1st Tanfield Lea Working Mens Club
Runner up Durham City Rugby Club

Town Cider Pub of the Year
Station House, Durham City

Win a copy of the 2017 Good Beer Guide by voting in our Pubs and Club of the Year competition

Hello Members,

It will soon be time for CAMRA members in Durham Branch to choose which of the pubs and clubs in our branch area should hold the titles Pubs and Club for the Year for 2017. These will then go forward for consideration as CAMRA North East Regional Pubs and Club of the Year. There are five categories – Town Pub of the Year, Country Pub of the Year, Club of the Year, Town Cider Pub of the Year and Country Cider Pub of the Year.

Old publications uploaded

The webmaster has been having a tidy-out at home and found a CD that someone had given him at some point. The CD contains scanned copies of a number of old Durham Drinkers dating back between August 1984 and Christmas 1994. These have now been uploaded to the Durham Drinker section of the website. The issue to look out for are 33, 38, 39, 41, 45, 48, 52, 53, 54, 56, 58, 59, 60, 66, 68 and 69. If you have any other old Durham Drinkers that can help us fill the gaps in the archive, please get in touch.

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.

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