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  • Reminder Monday 7 October 2019

    Hi, Beer Lovers, A reminder that the West Norfolk CAMRA AGM takes place tomorrow, Tuesday at Ferry Lane Social Club, at 8.00. We would love to see you there. If you would like a copy of the 2020 Good Beer Guide, we have a couple left at member’s price of £11. Let me know in advance as we will be walking and don’t want to carry them over unless they are needed. Tomorrow is the deadline for nominations for our various ‘Pub of the Year’ Competitions Currently we have seven nominations for Branch Pub of the Year, and the shortlist will be the four with the best beer scores over the last year. We have two nominations for Cider Pub of the Year and two nominations for Club of the Year. Let me know your choices before the meeting. Beer Scores for the last month Thetford Red Lion 5 Shouldham Kings Arms 4.5 Hunstanton Honeystone 4.5 Brancaster Staithe Jolly Sailors 4.5 Sporle Squirrels Drey 4.5 Newton by Castle Acre George & Dragon 4.5 Terrington St. Clement Wildfowler 4.5 Roydon (W. Norfolk) Union Jack 4.33

  • Wanted! IT Help Thursday 19 September 2019

    Hi Beer Lovers, Anybody out there reasonably proficient with IT stuff? We have our AGM coming up next month and Claire is retiring from her post of keeping Whatpub updated. I can send a full job description, but in simple terms it means that when people send in updates of pubs in our branch area, the information on the database needs changing. https://whatpub.com/ We could really use someone to take this on. Claire and others will offer their help to explain the role and there is expert backup from HQ. Contact me for further information and let me know if you are interested. We would also be interested in appointing someone to develop our relationship with pubs and come up with ideas to promote them. This is a new role and would evolve through discussion and trial and error, but initial ideas include an ale trail, and a variety of social events. Adverts over. Our next meeting is our AGM which will be held at the Ferry Lane Social Club in Kings Lynn on Tuesday 8th October at 8.00. (Ferry Lane, King's Lynn, PE30 1HN). Down the alley to the West Lynn Ferry, last door on the left and ring the bell if it is locked. Parking on King Street (free) or Tuesday Market Place, (don’t forget to pay). We would like to see as many members there as possible as we sort out the future direction of the Branch. In November we are at the Gate at Fair Green and December is at the Narborough Social Club. Our Annual Norwich trip is on 14th December and the route is listed in the current issue of Nips. Phil has been in touch to say that the Crossways in Lynn is under new management and selling three pretty good beers at £2.50 a pint during ‘Happy Hour 11-7 Monday to Friday, including ‘Man Down’ from Ringwood. I have heard rumours that Clenchwarton Victory is to change its name after refurbishment is complete. Is anyone able to shed light on this? Several pubs in Thetford are closed and have planning applications lodged for change of use. If you are concerned by this, contacting the planning department and filing objections would be a start and approaching you councillors to establish if there is a policy on pubs might be a good idea. Thanks to everybody who has distributed Nips, especially new volunteers. To get involved, contact Ros at moc.tenretnitb@errah.r. The last month’s beer scores King's Lynn Nip & Growler Ale House 5 Gaywood White Horse 4.5 Thetford Red Lion 4.5 Terrington St. Clement Wildfowler 4.5 Great Massingham Dabbling Duck 4.5 Thetford Green Dragon 4.5 King's Lynn Live & Let Live 4.36 Shouldham Kings Arms 4.29 North Wootton Red Cat Hotel 4.25 Roydon (W. Norfolk) Union Jack 4.25 King's Lynn Goldings 4.25 Middleton Gate 4.23 Hockwold Red Lion 4.17 King's Lynn Stuart House Hotel 4.13 45 pubs/118 scores

  • Nips about to hit the doorstep (literally!) Monday 2 September 2019

    Hi, Beer Lovers, The new edition of Nips should be with us sometime on Tuesday and Ros will be contacting the regular distributors to arrange delivery. We could use some help especially around the area to the West of Lynn and also in the villages around Swaffham. Any assistance there or elsewhere would be gratefully received. Contact moc.tenretnitb@errah.r for details. We should have copies of the new Good Beer Guide soon and envelopes for the pubs listed to deliver at the same time. We will have a limited number of GBG’s on sale to members at £11. Reserve your copy now. The editor, Lucy writes ‘I am proposing we bring the winter edition forward to mid-November, to give it a bit more air time before Christmas. If we are all in agreement I will need content by 21 October please.’ Lucy is keen to feature more photographs, so if you have anything suitable, let me know or contact Lucy with ideas for articles at ku.gro.spinklofron@rotide. Our next West Norfolk meeting is at the Heron at Stowbridge near Downham (The Causeway, King's Lynn PE34 3PP) at 8.00 on Tuesday 10th September. All welcome. Some of you may be aware of the attempted demolition of the Ark/Deer’s Leap pub in Thetford without planning permission. I have been in contact with the planning department and they are ‘assessing the situation’. I have sent them a link to the case of the Carlton Tavern in Kilburn which the local council ordered to be rebuilt after a similar incident. It also appeared on the front page of the EDP, complete with strange out of context quotes from me. The more people who protest, the better chance there is of some action, if not with the Ark, then maybe for another pub in the future. Make your feelings known on this and other planning issues. Your beer scores for the last month King's Lynn Live & Let Live 4.5 Great Massingham Dabbling Duck 4.5 North Wootton Red Cat Hotel 4.5 Downham Market Whalebone 4.42 King's Lynn Goldings 4.38 King's Lynn Nip & Growler Ale House 4.32 Hockwold Red Lion 4.25 Harpley Rose & Crown 4.25 Downham Market Crown Hotel 4.25 Thornham Lifeboat Inn 4.25 41 pubs scored/126 scores entered Cheers, Jeff.

  • Photo Opportunity Tuesday 13 August 2019

    Hi Beer Lovers, The next issue of Nips should be with us on Monday 2nd September and Ros will be in touch about distribution. We could use some volunteers for a couple of routes, so if you are able to help, let me know. The editor Lucy is keen on photographs, so if you have any suitable or can take some let me know. Lucy says ‘We always need more photos and should have them accompanying every article. Please let your members know the photos should be high res, ideally 1mb or more, not blurry and where people are included showing their faces clearly. Thanks a lot.’ There are still places left for the beer tasting on Wednesday evening (21st). If you fancy judging the strong bitters and eating some of Ros’s wonderful food, let me know. No Charge. I have been informed this evening that the Deer’s Leap, formerly the Ark in Thetford is in the process of being demolished. Any information would be welcome as I cannot trace any planning application. Our next meeting is on the 10th September at the Heron in Stow Bridge. We are looking for nominations for our next Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year and Club of the Year. Any Branch member can nominate their favourites (no more than one in each category, please) by our AGM in October. The top 4 will make up our short list and if there are more than four nominations, beer scores will be used to select the top four. Contact me with your choices. We have some 2020 Good Beer Guides on order. They will be £11 each to members, the same as the copies from HQ. If you wish to reserve a copy, please let me know. Your top beer scoring pubs for the last month are Downham Market Crown Hotel 4.5 King's Lynn Goldings 4.38 Downham Market Whalebone 4.38 North Wootton Red Cat Hotel 4.33 Harpley Rose & Crown 4.25 King's Lynn Ferry Lane Social Club 4.25 Thornham Lifeboat Inn 4.25 King's Lynn Live & Let Live 4.25 32 pubs/117 scores

  • Stag Night Tuesday 6 August 2019

    Hi, Beer Lovers First, here’s a date for your diary. Our next meeting is at the Stag at West Acre (Low Rd, West Acre, King's Lynn PE32 1TR) at 8.00 on Tuesday 13th August. We may have a special guest at our meeting that some of you might remember from a long while ago. In September we are at the Heron in Stow Bridge and October, the Ferry Lane Social Club in Lynn. The Norwich day will be on Dec 14th this year. For Beer Festival Lovers Elgoods have been in touch 'We are offering half-price entry to all card-carrying CAMRA members for our beer festival, which takes place from 19th to 21st September this year. There is no need for individual members to book – just turn up with your card.' The Kings Arms at Shouldham have been in touch to tell us about their beer festival which runs from 30th August to 1st September on the Green in Shouldham. Full details at https://kingsarmsshouldham.co.uk/beer-festival/ There is also the Peterborough Beer Festival coming up. It opens at 5.30 on Tuesday 20th August and runs to Saturday 24th. Full details of times and prices are at https://www.peterborough-camra.org.uk/index.php?module=pbfprice&func=main Bottles Thanks to all who came along to our beer judging, especially Ros for the food and the cleaning crew who did such a good job when the bottle of Red Queen exploded. Part two is on Wednesday 21st August at ours again, starting at 7.00. There may be a couple of places available if anyone would like to come along for an evening tasting beer and eating delicious food, and possibly mopping the kitchen ceiling . Let me know if you are not on the list, but would like to come. Pub News The application for change of use for the Woolpack, Lynn has been withdrawn. The one for the Dog and Partridge at East Wretham has been refused, though it is being appealed and I have had an email from the applicant which seems to ask that I support his appeal, which I will not, The bar of the White Hart Stores in Lynn was lying on the pavement yesterday, with a notice saying closed for refurbishment. Any information would be welcome. The King William in Sedgeford is being advertised as for sale at £1.35 million. Your top beer scores for the last month are King's Lynn Nip & Growler Ale House 5 Feltwell Wellington 4.5 Roydon (W. Norfolk) Union Jack 4.5 Brancaster Staithe Jolly Sailors 4.5 Gaywood White Horse 4.38 Harpley Rose & Crown 4.25 Thornham Lifeboat Inn 4.25 Middleton Gate 4.25 Hockwold Red Lion 4.25 24 pubs/68 scores. Cheers, Jeff

  • Drink Beer! Thursday 18 July 2019

    Hi, Beer Lovers, Nips The new editor of Norfolk Nips, Lucy, has asked for content to be sent to her by 2nd August for the autumn edition. The email address is ku.gro.spinklofron@rotide. Contact Lucy if you wish to discuss ideas or the format of articles. I am keen to write an article about the top scoring beer pubs in West Norfolk as a response to the article in the last issue. Lucy would like some pictures of the pubs involved, possibly with someone drinking a pint. If you have anything suitable that you wouldn’t mind seeing in print, send it to me. Not sure which pubs will be featured, as I will make it as current as possible. Beer Although we don’t run a Beer Festivals as a branch, there are a couple coming up that might be of interest. The 22nd Kings Lynn Beer Festival organised by the Stuart House Hotel will take place on 25th, 26th and 27th July 2019. See https://www.stuarthousehotel.co.uk/events/beer-festival for full details. We are intending going along around 4.00 on Friday for an hour or two before heading off for food. You are very welcome to join us. Across the county, the Larling Angel Beer Festival has been going even longer. The 25th incarnation will take place on Thursday 1st Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd August 2019. See https://www.angel-larling.co.uk/events/summer-beer-festival/ for full details. If anyone has details of other local festivals I am happy to include them in future emails. Events Our next branch event will be part one of our bottled beer judging to be held at our house on Monday 29th July (correct date this time I hope). If you wish to be added to the list of those who have reserved a place please contact me. The next Branch meeting will be at the Stag at West Acre (Low Rd, West Acre, King's Lynn PE32 1TR), starting at 8.00. It would be great to see you there. News The planning application for the change of use for the Woolpack in Kings Lynn has been withdrawn. Stan has passed on a message from the Crown at Northwold ‘Thought you might be interested in the re-opening of the Crown at Northwold on Sat 20th July. We will have real ales, IPA, Abbotts, Ghost Ship and a new one called Yard bird. If none of these take your fancy, they aren’t set in stone and we may have something else you like, we can vary what we have every fortnight if needs be. Hope to see you on the 20th July or soon after. Many Thanks Janice’ Breaking News Stonegate Pub Company has today (18 July) agreed to buy pubco Ei Group for £1.27bn, which will see the operator’s estate rise by 4,000 sites, making Stonegate the UK’s largest pub owner. Scores Your top Beer Scores for the last month are Stradsett Foldgate Inn 5 Feltwell Wellington 4.5 Middleton Gate 4.5 Brancaster Staithe Jolly Sailors 4.5 Thetford Red Lion 4.5 King's Lynn Fenman 4.5 King's Lynn Stuart House Hotel 4.33 Dersingham Coach & Horses 4.25 45 pubs/ 98 scores Thanks for all your efforts in entering scores. Cheers, Jeff