Welcome to the Branch Diary for March 2013. Some of the trips require pre-booking — this is done by e-mail to the Social Secretary using the details at the bottom of this post.
Leicester Beer Festival
Wednesday 20th March
For anyone who hasn’t been to the CAMRA Leicester Beer Festival held at the Charotar Patidar Samaj, Bay Street / South Churchgate, now is a good time with over 220 beers and 35 ciders and perries. With doors opening at 17:00 on this, the opening night, it tends to be quieter than later on in the week. For anyone wishing to go on the train from Wellingborough and Kettering, please contact me since I can sort out a “Group Save” ticket which can cost as little as £5.90 return from Kettering. Free entry to members — don’t forget your membership cards. Trains are as follows:
Wellingborough 17:23 17:48 18:18
Kettering 17:30 18:04 18:25
Leicester 17:55 18:30 18:54
Leicester 20:36 21:33 21:59
Kettering 20:59 21:56 22:22
Wellingborough 21:06 22:04 22:30
First Friday Five
Friday 29th March
Keeping with a tradition and with most folk being off work on this Good Friday, we will leave earlier to enable us to get to the some of the lovely pubs in the south of the county. Pubs include the Compass, Milton Malsor, Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne, Plough, Towcester, New Inn, Abthorpe, and finally a visit to the George, Tiffield, with its Beer Festival on the way back. There will also be sufficient time in one of the pubs to eat for anyone who wishes to, although you are quite welcome to have an early dinner and bring along a snack for the bus. A donation will be requested for the bus preservation. Leave Kettering Sainsburys at 16:50, Wellingborough 17:10 and Northampton Malt Shovel Tavern at 17:50. Please book places and indicate whether you wish to eat at one of the pubs.
- The Beer Bus – where will it go?
Branch Open Meeting — Rushden
Monday 8th April
We return to the Rushden Historical Transport Society for the first of our two annual branch meetings here. For those who have never been before, it will be an impressive visit. Meet at 20:00.
Brewery Visit — Hart Family Brewers
Friday 12th April
After a couple of aborted dates last year, I now have a confirmed date for a tour round the 1833 Brewery, home of Hart Family Brewers. Brewing since May 2012, Rob Hart has kindly offered to give us the full potted history of the brewery and their beers, followed by some sampling. Afterwards, we will retire to a local pub for more beer. Please book so I have an idea of the numbers. Start at 19:30.
Branch Social — Pub of the Year Runner-up — Northampton
Wednesday 17th April
The Queen Adelaide, in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, is the Branch’s Pub of the Year 2012 runner-up. Very much a community-focused pub, Paul Barton will be putting something on during community pubs month. A good choice of beers will be on as usual. Meet at 20:00.
First Saturday Six — Long Itchington
Saturday 4th May
Not quite Friday, this FFF will be on Saturday instead featuring six pubs in the same village. Each year, the six pubs of Long Itchington in Warwickshire combine to offer a beer festival featuring over 150 beers, accompanied with a wide variety of entertainment and food — like the Welland Valley Beer Festival but all in one place. We will, however, be arriving by vintage bus. Depart Kettering 17:00, Wellingborough 17:20, Northampton Malt Shovel Tavern 17:50, with pickups in Weedon and Daventry. As usual please book. Donation requested.
Branch Open Meeting and Presentation — Northampton
Monday 13th May
Congratulations to Richard Gordon and his team from the Wig & Pen, Northampton, which has been selected as the Pub of the Year 2012 winner. A pub that has gone from strength to strength over the past three years. We will visit during CAMRA Mild in May month, but a mild is usually available all year round anyway. So come along for a good night — if you are driving, please volunteer to bring others along if you have space available, just e-mail the Google Group. Meet at 20:00.
Weekend Trip — The Welsh Wizard
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June
A week later than in 2012, we travel west into the Welsh Borders visiting a few breweries and many National and Regional pubs in this area of outstanding beauty. Our overnight stay is in Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Britain. Booking forms now available.
Branch Diary by e-mail
To receive the diary by e-mail each month, please e-mail Karl Tecklenberg, Social Secretary.