- COVID Roadmap Announced by Prime Minister
Monday 22 February 2021
Within the roadmap for England & Wales announced by the Prime Minister, was some welcome good news about pubs and clubs. Subject to a continuing reduction in COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations:
From 12th April pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers sitting outdoors. Just misses the Easter weekend, but a good start.
From 17th May said venues will be able to serve customers sitting indoors, and hotels and B&B's can open.
From 21st June all legal limits on social contact should be removed.
Welcome news, but it still feels like a long time away, but this phased approach seems sensible for public health reasons, and will hopefully prevent further lockdowns. It will be GREAT to have a decent pint with others, but meanwhile don't forget Beers & Brewing for local real ale. Picture shows people enjoying a pint at the London Irish Beer festival in Sunbury back in 2019 ...seems longer ...
- The George at Addlestone - Change of Use Planning Application
Monday 15 February 2021
The George at Addlestone has been closed for some time, and despite pubco's minimal efforts, no new tenant was found. Unsurprisingly having been left to deteriorate badly, it is now subject of an application for change of use and redevelopment as 3 dwellings. As this will retain current listed building albeit in altered form, application is supported by the Borough Conservation Office, so things don't look good. For more info see planning application RU.21/0071 on the Runnymede Borough Council planning portal.
- National Lockdown - Tier 5
Tuesday 5 January 2021
Following Boris Johnson’s announcement, the whole of England has been placed in Tier 5, a National lockdown. Pubs and clubs were already closed locally due to Tier 4, but lockdown brings further restrictions. Not the start to 2021 we’d hope for, but desperate situation developing in many hospitals meant desperate measures, with basic message of stay home if you can.
During latest lockdown, supermarkets and off-licenses can sell sealed containers of alcohol for people to drink at home, but the Government wants to stop pubs doing the same. Take action now, ask your MP to allow off-sales in sealed containers here. The GOOD NEWS is that Thames Side Brewery & Tap Room is open for pre-arranged collections. Just give Andy a bell and pick up some great ale.
- Branch Awards
Thursday 31 December 2020
Due to restrictions and lockdowns caused by Covid-19 pandemic, it has not been possible to hold Branch Socials to give out our annual awards. However, after lots of research and reports from members on beer and cider quality, availability, welcome received and ambience amongst other things, selections were made. Please see 2020 Branch Awards for details and photos.
- Members Weekend, AGM & Conference 2021
Monday 21 December 2020
Our planned venue in Sheffield will not be available in April, due to COVID restrictions, so with sadness physical Members’ Weekend, AGM and Conference in 2021 has been cancelled.
However, CAMRA HQ are working towards ensuring that virtual events go ahead on the same dates (16-18 April 2021), with additional Conference online discussion and voting to allow CAMRA members to have a say in the policy and direction of the Campaign.
Remote voting for AGM resolutions and the election of members to the National Executive has been possible for several years, and this process will continue in 2021 with a deemed AGM being planned. In addition to this, it is hoped to stage an interactive Conference, along with additional opportunities to vote on Conference motions. Look out for more info in due course.
- COVID LOCKDOWN ... Tier 2 ... Tier 3 ... Tier 4 ...
Sunday 20 December 2020
On 19th December 2020 our Branch area entered Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions. This meant all pubs, clubs and restaurants were closed except for take-aways. Only a day later on 20th December, together with most of the South-East of England we discovered there was new thing called Tier 4, and we are in it!
As has been said elsewhere, this is a real sink or swim moment for local pubs and the breweries that serve them – without proper support, we risk hundreds of businesses across the UK now not surviving beyond Christmas.
- SUUREY PUBLICANS SAY TIER 2 DEVASTATING
Tuesday 1 December 2020
Ray Goodwin landlord at The Bells, in Staines says that operating under Tier 2 is going to be difficult – they’re likely to be operating at a greater loss as a result, as they can only operate at 45% capacity. "This Christmas period, I should have been raking in money. It could cost me five to six thousand pounds over the next few months to operate. I accept that we have to have some kind of guidelines, but we've had such a terrible year."
For landlords like Ray, Tier 2 comes as just the latest blow for an industry that has never felt so under threat. See Get Surrey - Surrey Publicans for full article. Let's support our local pubs!
- LATEST BRANCH SOCIAL
Monday 30 November 2020
It was great to see everyone on Saturday, and we had hoped next Branch Social would not be on Zoom however much fun it was. Unfortunately the Government have decided otherwise, as we are now in Tier 2. Look out for news of next Virtual Social on our Diary & What's On or North Surrey CAMRA Facebook pages. What do we talk about, well let me think ...
- LONDON DRINKER MAGAZINE
Wednesday 25 November 2020
The latest edition of the London Drinker published by the London Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale, is now available online. Articles include the second lockdown and beyond, London brewery news, small brewers duty relief and abook reviews.
For the latest on the London pub and brewery scene, click on London Drinker.
- CAMRA CALLS FOR A COVID-SECURE PUB CHRISTMAS
Thursday 19 November 2020
National CAMRA Chair Nik Antona, has called on all the UK governments to adapt the tier systems, to let all pubs trade in December, after new YouGov research finds that the majority of pub-goers believe that pubs and other hospitality venues offer a COVID-secure environment. For more see CAMRA Press Release 19/11/20.
- Bad News ...... GOOD NEWS!
Saturday 14 November 2020
The Bailiwick in Englefield Green (adjacent to Windsor Park) closed in March 2020 in the first national lockdown, but the lease was not renewed and the pub did not re-open.
Well more GREAT news, is that Steve Ellis with his team and business partner Ratnesh Bagdai from the Oxford Blue in Old Windsor will be taking over. Building work is in progress, and it is hoped to open by January 2021. Sounds like it will be food led, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, and hopefully some great ales? For an informative article click on Big Hospitality , part of William Reed Business Media. My thanks to members Rob D and Richard E for the information, great stuff.
- LOCKDOWN II - THE SEQUEL
Thursday 5 November 2020
Thanks to COVID-19 pubs and clubs have closed, re-opened, subject of stringent (if not always well implemented) restrictions, and thanks to an increase in infections and the 'R' number closed again. Our Branch area (which covers Runnymede and Spelthorne Boroughs) was for a long time well below national average, but unfortunately is now catching up. Let's hope everyone is sensible, and our pubs and clubs can open again as planned on 2nd December. For local pubs and breweries offering some sort of collection or delivery service see Tier 5 Availability.