Branch & Local News
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This year it started on December 1st, and after going on for all of three months, at long last voting for the CAMRA Central Lancashire branch Pub of the Year for 2019 is now over. Thankyou to all local CAMRA members who took the time to cast their vote, once again the Pub of the Year can be said to have been chosen by an overall branch decision. As those local members who receive the emAle newsletter will already know the winning pub was the Moorbrook, Preston. Congratulations go to Richard Fisher-Godwin and his staff, the Moorbrook becomes only the second Pub of the Year to be chosen by an open vote of local CAMRA branch members. In second place (for the second year running, and again not too far behind) was the Malt 'n' Hops, Chorley. The Moorbrook will now go forward as the CAMRA Central Lancashire branch nomination for the overall Lancashire Pub of the Year. The Pub of the Year presentation will be taking place at the Moorbrook on April 25th. On the night we look forward to see some of the many local members who voted for the Moorbrook.
The first week of March has seen the appearance of Ale Cry 122, the Spring 2019 edition of the CAMRA Central Lancashire branch quarterly magazine. Again it is a 32 page issue, which we hope that you will find to be crammed full of interesting articles and important news items etc. The branch's George Lee Memorial Trophy winners for 2018-19, Haydn & Angela Williams of the Cann Bridge Ale House, Higher Walton, are pictured on the front page, and inside there is also an article about this annual award. The Tap And Vine, Penwortham is revealed as the branch's latest Pub of the Season winner, while there is also an enlightening feature on the recently opened Plau, Preston. As usual this Ale Cry also includes plenty of local news in the Chorley Chatter, Preston Parade, and South Ribble Scene articles. Copies of Ale Cry 122 will be available from pubs and clubs throughout the branch area in the coming weeks.
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Congratulations go to the Market Tap, Preston on being chosen as the CAMRA Central Lancashire branch's Cider Pub of the Year for 2019. The Market Tap becomes the fifth recipient of this award, and it is the first pub in Preston to be so recognised. It will now go forward as the branch's nomination for the West Pennines Cider Pub of the Year award.
On February 21st CAMRA Central Lancashire held a branch social at the Cann Bridge Ale House, Higher Walton. For this second branch social of the year there was a good turnout of local members, several of whom were making their first visit to this micropub which opened just six months ago. The main reason for the social was the George Lee Memorial Trophy presentation which took place on the night. The winners of the GLMT award for 2018-19 are Haydn & Angela Williams, owners of the Crankshaft Brewery and its principle outlet - the Cann Bridge Ale House. Pictured above is Angela (with the GLMT certificate) and Haydn (with the GLMT shield), while in the background CAMRA Central Lancashire branch Chairman Dave Bell looks on after making the presentation.
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A reminder to all local CAMRA members that they are now able to vote for the CAMRA Central Lancashire branch Pub of the Year for 2019. This is the award first introduced in 2018 (and won last year by the Guild Ale House, Preston) that is open to be voted on by local CAMRA members from a selection of pubs that have been chosen by the CAMRA Central Lancashire branch committee.
From nominations submitted by local branch members, the committee have decided that this year there are five candidates for the award as follows:-
We look forward to receive your vote, but don't worry as you still have plenty of time. Votes will be accepted until February 28th 2019. For more information about the award, and how to submit your vote, go to the Pub of the Year 2019 webpage.
On January 24th CAMRA Central Lancashire held a branch social at the Dog Inn, Longridge , and with local members having travelled from Preston and the Chorley area it was encouraging that there was such a good turnout on the night. The social had been arranged as the Dog Inn had been chosen as CAMRA Central Lancashire branch's Pub of the Season for Winter 2018/19. An award which those present considered to be well deserved, pictured above is branch Chairman Dave Bell, about to hand over the certificate to the Dog Inn reception committee.
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