Branch Social — Northampton
Wednesday 14th August
A social in the county town for a change. The Road to Morocco, Abington Vale, is a popular community pub with a landlord who suppor s CAMRA and keeps a good pint of Theakston’s old Peculier For this reason the pubhas been nominated for the next POTS. Please pop along to see if it deserves your vote. Meet from 20:00
Branch Social — Thornby and Guilsborough
Monday 19th August
A social in the north of the county. Meet at the Red Lion, Thornby, (20:00 -21:00), a popular village pub with four or five beers on, including Grainstore, and currently nominated for the Autumn POTS. A short trip then takes us to the Ward Arms, Guilsborough, with a good choice of beer from Nobby’s.
Branch Tasting Panel — Kettering
Thursday 29th August
Following the inaugural Northamptonshire Tasting Panel meeting which has just been established with Andy Shaw as Chairman, from the follow-up will be a three hour tasting tutorial before the committee is let loose on describing the county’s beers. With so many breweries in the county, it would be more sustainable if two panels are established covering east and west of the county respectively, with around four to six members on each panel. Anyone welcome though, although please let me know by Tuesday 27th. The venue will be the Three Cocks, where Rob the landlord has kindly allowed us to use the function room to the rear.
Branch Pub Beer Festival Social — Northampton
Saturday 31st August
In case you didn’t make the above event, another firm favourite on the annual calendar where we will be holding a social gathering is at the Queen Adelaide, Kingsthorpe, when over 35 beers, ciders and perry will be available. As usual, expect Paul to have come up with some interesting beers themed along the lines of “Coast to Coast”, along with some of our local favourites. Meet anytime after 18:00. BBQ if you are hungry.
Branch Open Meeting — Rushden
Monday 9th September
With the presentation for the POTS in August, the regular slot for our bi-annual visit to Rushden Historrical Transport Society has moved to September. As always, we are made welcome here for this interesting experience of holding a meeting in a railway carriage. One day, we may even be on the move! Meet at 20:00.
The bar at Rushden station. Photo supplied by CAMRA.
Fourth Friday Four
Friday 20th September
Time to fit in one more FFF before the nights draw in with four or five pubs depending upon where you board. Leaving Kettering, there will be an early drop-off in Northampton whilst the bus continues to its normal pick-up points. Pubs include: the Olde England, Northampton; Royal Oak, Walgrave; Red Lion, Broughton; and Three Cocks, Kettering where a beer festival will be underway. A donation will be requested for the bus preservation. Leave Kettering Sainsbury’s at 16:50, Wellingborough 17:10, and Northampton Malt Shovel Tavern at 17:50. Please book places and indicate whether you wish to eat. Final timings will be issued at week earlier.
Branch Open Meeting and Pub of the Season Presentation — TBA
Monday 14th October
Location to be arranged following selection of the Autumn Pub of the Season. Meet at 20:00.
Pub of the Season award presentation
Beer Festival — Milton Keynes
Friday 18th October
The second beer festival to take place at the “Buszy”, Elder Gate, Central Milton Keynes, above the old bus station and a mere 200 yards from the railway station. Over 60 beers to suit everyone’s taste. Don’t forget your CAMRA Membership Cards for free admission. There are trains from Northampton at 18:25, 18:50, 19:05, and 19:25, returning at 22:32, 22:54, and 23:23, at £8.30 return (or £4.15 each if four travelling together). Please contact me if you intend travelling since group fares are available.
Brewery Tap Visits and London Pub Crawl
Friday 15th November
The popular day out in London will be to around Soho with some lovely National and Regional Inventory pubs, along with some good freehouses. We will then take the tube out to Stratford where we will make a visit to three or four brewery taps which were missed in 2012. Start at Oxford Circus around 11:00. More details later.