- CAMRA National Executive Election
Monday 21 February 2022
This year there was no need for an election for CAMRA's NE as only three candidates had expressed their intention to stand for the three posts. Two of those are returning to the NE, Nick Boley and Jonathan Kemp who are joined by newcomer Laura Emson back to the National
While there will not be an election, the candidates hustings statements and videos (if supplied) are available on Discourse and the CAMRA website, which can be accessed here: https://camra.org.uk/members-weekend-agm-conference/agm-2022/
- ST NEOTS 'Booze on the Ouse' BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL 17th-19th March
Monday 21 February 2022
Beer Festivals are back and the Hunts Booze on the Ouse Beer and Cider Festival will be held in the Priory Centre, St Neots. .
It is almost certain that there will be visitors from East Bedfordshire Branch at the Festival on the afternoon of Friday 18th March.
- Thornton Arms, Everton
Sunday 13 February 2022
Welcome to Chris Cook and his partner Hannah who are now the owners of the Thornton Arms and have been running the pub since 17th December.
Chris is originally from Scotland and has not previously worked in the pub trade, whereas Hannah has plenty of experience as she is currently working as an assistant manager in the Wetherspoon in Stevenage Old Town.
The couple are spending considerable time and effort refurnishing and refurbishing and the new seating in the bar area has been rearranged to give the impression of more space even though Chris assured me that no more seats have been provided.
The Pool table is as popular as ever and the villagers are giving the pub considerable support...so much so, in fact, that when they tried to close the pub for a few days in January, the regulars virtually forced an entry!
The dining area currently has a large TV in it for sporting events and is also a natural overflow from the bar when it is busy, but may eventually be used for serving food again as the kitchen is also currently being overhauled.
There are three hand-pulls for Real Ale at present one with Sharp's Atlantic, one with London Pride - which are the locals' choices at present - and the third will have a regularly changing 'guest'.
I'm sure that you will join me in welcoming Chris and Hannah wishing them the very best of luck for the future.
- The Bell, Sandy
Saturday 5 February 2022
A belated 'Hello" to the new licensee at the Bell, Phil Sorby, who had previously been at the 'George and Dragon' at Watton-at-Stone. He comes with many years of experience in the trade in which one of his previous ventures was at a pub/restaurant/hotel in Newmarket which gave him plenty of opportunity to indulge in one of his favourite pastimes - going to the Races.
Phil is originally from Leeds and will be happy to regale anybody within listening distance of the wonders of 'God's Own County/Country' if he wasn't busy serving his customers - numbers of which have markedly increased since he's taken over the license from Heather and Garvan.
I'm sure that all East Beds CAMRA members will join me in wishing Phil the best of luck with his latest venture.