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Chairman’s Report

                              Dave Stubbins - Furness Branch Chairman

       The big news for CAMRA members (and
       those who I hope will join on reading  In these pages you’ll find an interview I
       this) is that CAMRA have relaunched   carried out with Matt Clarke, Head
       their offer to members, in particular in  Brewer at Hawkshead Brewery, on his
       relation to discounts available on real  experience with the new brewery in
       ales. For several years, Wetherspoons  Flookburgh since the start of operations
       have offered 40 vouchers offering 50  there. I was delighted to hear that the
       pence off a pint of real ale. The new  existing brewery at Staveley will
       offer is 60 vouchers of 50 pence each  continue to produce small batch beers
       accepted not just by Wetherspoons but  and that the excellent tours and beer
       also by other pub chains, of which none  festivals will continue.
       are in our area (yet). If you are travelling
       please visit the CAMRA web site for   Much smaller but new on the scene are
       further details.                      Logan Beck brewery, based on a farm
                                             near Duddon Bridge. They are already
       The Government have introduced a bill  planning to increase their ½ barrel
       called the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists)  production capacity. On an even smaller
       Bill intended to determine how business  scale, I had the opportunity to meet
       premises will be rated.               Paul Bibby who brews beers for Roa
       Tom Stainer, CAMRA's Chief Executive,  Island Boat Club. He brews 50 litres
       said:                                 once a week for the Boat Club (which is
       "While it's great that the Government  licensed as a pub and open to the
       have seen the need to take some action,  public). Paul brews two beers to his own
       unfortunately for pubs, this is a drop in  taste and took great delight in
       the ocean compared to the bigger task  explaining the derivation of his beers,
       at hand - completely reforming business  Sparky the Magic Fairy and Well Ard.
       rates which are currently a punitive tax
       on successful licensees who grow their  Our Pub of The Season is the Manor
       business.                             House at Oxen Park. This pub was run
       "This summer, we are trying to make a  for several years as a Robinsons pub by
       real difference to publican's bottom  Lorraine and Terry McCready and had in
       lines by launching CAMRA's Summer of  particular a reputation for Terry’s
       Pub - a feel good campaign designed to  excellent curries. Following their
       get as many people as possible down   retirement and the closure of the pub, it
       their locals celebrating all the great  was declared an Asset of Community
       things that pubs do in their          Value and as a result remained a pub,
       communities. It would be fantastic to  being bought by Lorraine and Terry’s
       see Local Government Minister Rishi   daughter, Leighann. The pub has since
       Sunak MP doing the same."             undergone a superb renovation (the
                                             rooms are continuing to be restored)
       On a local level, our focus this month is  involving full facilities for disabled
       on the brewing scene. Graham Wilson at  persons. See more on page 36.
       the Old Friends in Ulverston has
       produced his first brew from his plant at  We now look forward to hosting
       the rear of the Old Friends. It’s a porter,  Ulverston Beer and Cider Festival
       appropriately called Old Friends and we  which will take place a week later than
       hope he matches the quality again- it  usual this year from Thursday 5th to
       was excellent! Graham has promised us  Saturday 7th September. We look
       a range of beers to tempt our palates  forward to seeing you then.
       and we wish him well.                                        Dave Stubbins

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