South East London Campaign for Real Ale Christmas Newsletter

Alan Jepson, Branch Chair writes:

I have been Branch chairman for 2 years now, and 2013 has certainly been interesting and uncertain time for many pubs in SE London CAMRA’s area.
Earlier this year, CAMRA launched its own comprehensive online pub guide called WhatPub with information about every pub in the UK, populated by CAMRA volunteers. Nevertheless, as a major piece of work, the guide itself is not yet complete as there are still many pubs in our area that need to be surveyed for What Pub. Also, as pubs constantly change, so the guide will need to constantly evolve. See below for details of how you can get involved.

After an absence of a number of years, I was delighted that in May this year we were able to hold a very successful beer festival at Dulwich Hamlet FC in East Dulwich. Thank you to everyone who attended and for the overwhelmingly positive feedback received. After much deliberation, we have decided that next year we will continue to experiment and move the festival to another new location within the Branch area – Charlton Rugby Club in Kidbrooke on 1-3 May 2014. We are awaiting formal CAMRA HQ approval before formally launching the festival, but please pencil the date in your diaries for now.

Pub News
Unfortunately, there are still many pubs in our branch that are under threat of redevelopment into apartments, bookmakers or shops. However, one example of a pub that was saved from a supermarket conversion last year was the Catford Bridge Tavern, part of the Antic chain and awarded our Pub of the Year in June. Sadly, this successful pub closed in late 2013, but has been bought by Camden Bars and we wish them well when they re-open it under a different name in 2014. However, all is not lost for Antic in Catford as they have recently opened the Catford Constitutional Club, which is looking like it will be as big as success as the Catford Bridge Tavern.Another major successful campaign was the reopening in August 2013 of the Ivy House in Nunhead as a thriving community run venture. SE London CAMRA were instrumental in getting the historic pub listed. The local community then rallied together to get the pub registered as an Asset of Community Value – the first in the country. Enough funds were then raised to buy the building, followed by a successful community share issue to raise further funds for repairs, furnishing and restocking. An historic pub in every sense of the word!
Neil Pettigrew mobile: 07751 898310,

South-East London CAMRA – Branch AGM
Our AGM will be held on Thurs 16 Jan 2014 from 7.30pm
at the Tasting Rooms, Drafthouse, 206-208 Tower Bridge Road, SE1

Open to all members. Buffet included.

Please do come along!

Also, if you want to get more involved with your local Branch, why consider joining the Branch Committee – all posts will be up for re-election and we are particularly looking for someone with IT skills to help maintain our website, plus someone with good admin skills to act as Membership Secretary, along with coordinators for Young persons and Brewery Liaison officers.

SE London Pubs Need YOU !
We are currently populating full details of our real ale pubs in CAMRA’s new WhatPub online database. With over 300 such pubs within our Branch area this is a big task BUT we have already completed around 170 of these and so are well on the way.
You can help us by checking the details online of the pubs you visit. Any missing info can then be submitted either online via the WhatPub feedback function or by requesting a branch survey form.
A list of pubs that remain to be surveyed will be updated regularly on the website.
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using your membership number & postcode
Your help will be most appreciated.
Neil Pettigrew mobile: 07751 898310,