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CAMRA Ale Scene - 15/05/14

By Mike Perkins, from the Southport and West Lancs branch of CAMRA

The Derby Arms in Aughton

CAMRA Pub Company Campaign

The National Chairman of CAMRA Colin Valentine recently contacted members regarding a campaign that we have been carrying out. The worry we have is over the practices of some (not all) of the larger pub companies, who are indulging in policies which affect the efficiency of our pub businesses and often penalise the licensees.

He thanked those for signing the petition to Call Time on the Great British Pub Scandal and for urging the Government to stick to its clear promise to end unfair business practices in the pub sector, which are putting our pubs at risk of closure.

The campaign to reform the large pub companies has reached a critical stage. After ten years of campaigning the Government is on the verge of introducing legislation to protect our pubs. Any reforms are likely to be announced during the Queen’s Speech on June 4 .

We cannot afford to miss this opportunity. The reforms we’re seeking will enable publicans tied to the large pub companies to make a decent living and invest in their business, protecting thousands of our valued pubs and creating a thriving industry.

The petition reached 30,000 signatures in five days – and was to be presented to the Business Secretary Vince Cable on Wednesday 14th May. CAMRA are hoping that common sense will prevail and that moves will be put in place to end this Great British Pub Scandal.

Pub News : Locally we have nominated our two best pubs in our Pub of the Year Competition. As our branch straddles two CAMRA regions, we are allowed a Sefton and a Lancashire entry. Top pub in Sefton is the Freshfield in Formby, also the leader last year, and in Lancashire the Derby Arms in Aughton.

More about the Freshfield soon, but we shall be presenting an award to the Derby Arms tonight (May15) at 8.30 pm, and this will be a precursor to the pub’s Aughton Beer Festival, which will run from 12 noon each day on 16/17/18th May. 20 beers, plus ciders, perries and wines, food available all day, and the licensees are looking for volunteers to help, with a promise of payment in liquid form! Contact Jan or Mike on  01695 422 237 or janthelandlady@aol.com   This is great pub, a little off the transport routes, but they would appreciate a visit as a punter or helper. Nearest station is Town Green, with a 30 minutes walk or a short taxi drive away from the pub.

We intend to cover more details about some of our local pubs in future issues, please send me any information if you have it. Our next Branch Meeting, open to all, is at the Dog & Gun, Aughton Park on Wednesday June 11, and our Beer Festival is October 9 -11. Please contact CAMRA on 01704 573768 or mikepcamra@gmail.com for more information or with offers of help. Or have you considered joining us? – let me know.


 

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