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Chairman's Report
       Dave Stubbins - Furness Branch Chairman                 InnQuirer Issue 68 - Autumn 2018

     This period in our calendar year is dominated  meetings and enjoy the benefits and social
     by the Ulverston Beer and Cider Festival. This  benefits of what we do.
     year was our 30th festival, taking place at the  We used CAMRA’s beer scoring system to
     end of August and just into September,    determine our Beer and Cider of the
     organised for the first time by Dave Wilson.  Festival. As well as putting the festival on
     We are constantly looking at ways to improve  What Pub, we had scoring sheets available
     our offering to our attendees and this year we  in the hall. I’m delighted to report that we
     added a range of key keg beers to the range  had almost 300 scores by the end of the
     of cask beers on offer. We also took on board  festival, and we had clear winners for beer
     the comments about the provision of music at  of the festival in a beer from Tarn Hows
     our festival. For several years now we have  brewery called Blueberry and Vanilla
     been receiving feed back from attendees and  Oatmeal Stout, whilst our cider of the
     this is a topic about which we receive most  festival was Snails Bank Rhubarb.
     comments. The balance of comments has
     been in favour of not having music, although  We are already starting to make plans for
     we have had several comments to the       next year’s festival and by the time you read
     contrary. I can say that we have seen several  this we will already have had our wash up
     evening sessions where the atmosphere has  meeting where we debate in detail all the
     been vibrant with the music, even though as a  issues we faced and start our planning.
     person trying to serve beer I was struggling to  Elsewhere in the branch we have continued
     hear what people wanted. On the other hand,  to hold our monthly meetings which are
     it’s great to observe the hubbub of       very well attended and we are continuing
     conversation in the hall and observe the  our policy of holding them in as many of our
     enjoyment of the occasion. We have acquired  pubs as can realistically offer us meeting
     a reputation of being a well run and friendly  facilities. If you would like to host a meeting
     festival and I receive many favourable    please get in touch and we will discuss
     comments on this and our choice of beers.  arrangements with you. The only thing we
     We had just under 1,750 visitors to this year’s  ask is that, as it is a meeting, we need to be
     festival, slightly down on last year’s 1,800. The  able to ensure that there is an area without
     quietest day was the Saturday, when we had  musical or other interference so we can
     very few visitors from outside the local area,  conduct our business effectively.
     possibly a result of the lack of Northern Rail
     trains on the day. However, almost all the  A few issues ago I reported on the loss of
     available beer and cider was consumed.    two of our breweries, Hardknott and
                                               Stringers. I’m delighted to report that,
     Thanks to the efforts of Caroline Schwaller of  owing to a change of ownership of
     Westmorland branch, who came to help us   Stringers brewery, their beers will soon be
     with the recruitment of new members, over  seen again around the area. I wish them
     thirty new members joined CAMRA. We are   every success.
     very grateful to Caroline for her efforts and
     hope as always that they will come to branch                      Dave Stubbins

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