Branch Diary Archive 2009

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January 2009
Tues 13th Branch Meeting Waterloo Arms, Freemantle – 8pm prompt start. To be followed by local pub visits if people interested.
Fri 16th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Bugle, Twyford; Bunch of Grapes, Bishop's Waltham; Hampshire Bowman, Dunbridge. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Tues 20th Good Beer Guide Selection Meeting Fleming Arms,Swaythling – 8pm prompt start. Review of pub reports and vote on entries into the Good Beer Guide. Members Only, please bring membership card.
Fri 30th Keystone Brewery Visit – First S Hants Trip to the brewery. Depart Southampton Central Station 7pm (Toys R' Us Side). Includes a trip to the Village Freehouse, Salisbury. Returning sometime between 11 and 12pm TBA. Cost 20. TRIP NOW FULL, SORRY!
February 2009
Sat 7th Wessex Regional Meeting – West Dorset (Venue TBC - includes Dorchester Beer Festival)
Tues 10th Branch Meeting Abbey Hotel, Romsey – 8pm prompt start. To be followed by local pub visits if people interested.
Fri 20th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Trusty Servant, Minstead; High Corner Inn, Linwood; Royal Oak, Fritham. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Fri 27th Flowerpots Brewery and Inn Visit – Depart Southampton Central Station 7:30pm (Toys R' Us Side). Returning sometime between 11 and 12pm TBA. Cost 10 per head.
TRIP NOW FULL, SORRY!
March
Thurs 5th - Sun 8th Bitter Virtue/ S Hants CAMRA Belgium Trip – Three nights of hotel accommodation in Brugge, visit to Zythos (Belgian National) Beer Festival at St Niklaas and additional brewery visit. Trip now full, sorry!
Sat 7th Winchester Walkabout Meet 11am winchester Railway Station. Walkabout to include Hyde Tavern "at least ten consecutive years in the Good Beer Guide" award presentation. Please note this is also a walking event and the distances between pubs could be anything up to one mile.Itinerary Subject to Change 11am Meet at Winchester rail station
11:15 Fulflood Arms
12:15 St James Tavern - (lunch here, or at Gaolhouse)
2pm Hyde Tavern (2:30 Presentation)
2:45 possible walk through watermeadows
3:30 Mill on the Bridge
4:30 Black Boy
5:30 Bell, St. Cross, might catch a nice sunset over the river
6:30 Wykeham Arms/Old Vine/Eclipse?
Tues 10th Branch Meeting and Branch Pub of the Year Vote The Rover, Shirley – 8pm prompt start. To be followed by local pub visits if people interested.
Weds 18th Salisbury Crawl A social organised by Salisbury and South Wilts Branch. North Hants members will also be in attendance; so a good social gathering should ensue!
Plan is to catch the 19:10 from Southampton Central Station (Romsey 19:21) and return on the 22:32 (Romsey 22:50) train
Fri 20th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Tichfield Mill, Tichfield; Wickham Wine Bar, Wickham; Wheatsheaf, Shedfield. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Thurs 26th Branch Mailout Preparation Social Waterloo Arms, Freemantle. 7:30 for 8pm start. The putting of the beer festival/AGM mailout into envelopes. The more the merrier!
April
Mon 6th - Sun 12th National Cask Ale Week 2009 – First time campaign, events TBC
Mon 6th Pub of the Year presentation Guide Dog, Earls Road at 8pm. All welcome to attend.
Weds 8th Mike King Darts Guide Dog, Earls Road, Bevois Valley, Southampton– 7.30pm. Please register in advance for this event. To register or for further information contact Ian Black 023 8077 8906.
Fri 10th Good Friday Beer Bus & Ballards Brewery Visit – A trip to Ballards brewery and at least four pubs on the route home. Cost 25 (including the cost of brewery visit). Departing Soton Central Station (Toys R Us side) at 10am. Please contact contact Alex for further details and booking.
Fri 10th Guide Dog 3 Year Anniversary Paul and Margaret reach three years at the pub. All ales 2.20.
Tues 14th Branch Meeting The Richmond Inn, Portswood – 8pm prompt start. To be followed by presentation of "at least 20 consecutive years in the Good Beer Guide" award to the Richmond Inn.
Fri 24th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Three Horseshoes, Bighton; Tichborne Arms, Tichborne; Flower Pots, Cheriton. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
May
(All Month) Mad about Mild – CAMRA Campaign, watch this space for events!
Fri 1st Andwell Brewery Visit – A visit to a new brewery in the North-East of Hampshire. Depart Southampton Central Station (Toys R' Us Side) 7:00pm
Cost 15. Returning to Southampton Central 12pm via Crown Inn, Old Basing. TRIP NOW FULL Please get in touch to be added to the reserve list.
Mon 4th Mayday Mild Meandering – A visit to some pubs in Southampton serving milds. Details as follows:
Meet 12 noon, Humble Plumb, Bitterne, food available.
Humble Plumb 12-2pm- Redshoot Muddy Boot
South Western around 3pm TBA
Junction around 5:00pm Greene King Mild
Guide Dog 7:00pm Harveys Mild
Bevois Castle 9:00pm Sara Hughes Dark Ruby
Tues 12th Branch AGM Fleming Arms, Swaythling (Upstairs Room). 7:30 for 8pm prompt start.
Nominations required for Social Co-ordinator, Young Member's Secreaty, Secretary, Branch Contact and Flowerpots BLO.
Fri 15th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Red Lion, Milford-on-Sea; Red Lion, Boldre; Turfcutter's Arms, East Boldre. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Tues 19th Leafleting for Southampton Beer Festival – Meet at the Cricketers, Bedford Place – 7:30pm.
Fri 22nd Itchen Valley Brewery Visit – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:00pm. Cost 15. Returning to Southampton Central Station at 11pm, via Tichborne Arms.Two places remaining!
Mon 25th Itchen Navigation Pub Walk – An annual stroll along the old Itchen Navigation tow path calling in on a few pubs on the way. Depart from Woodmill Bridge, Southampton at 9:30am, reaching The Black Boy, Winchester around 2:30pm. Usually a pub or two more then a curry. Contact Pete Horn for this event (023 8076 9873 or 07968 809291 on the day).
June
Tues 9th Branch Meeting Abbey Hotel, Romsey – 8pm prompt start. To be followed by local pub visits if people interested.
Fri 12th Irving Brewery Visit – Depart Southampton Central Station 7pm. Returning around 12am via the George Inn, Widley. 10pp TBC. Trip now full! Please contact for a reserve space.
Fri 19th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Brushmaker's, Upham; Bunch of Grapes, Bishop's Waltham; Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Tues 30th Beer Festival Wash-up Waterloo Arms, Freemantle. 8pm. A chance to review the beer festival and make suggestions for future years
July
Sat 4th Independents Day Social Details:
Trip to Portsmouth (by train or meet there)
Depart Soton Central 16:05
meet at 16:50 at Isambard Kingdom Brunel
17:45 Hole in the Wall
18:30 Barley Mow
19:30 Phoenix
20:15 Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms
21:00 pm Leopold Tavern
# 17/18 bus back to station
Return train departs 22:38.
A map of the pub locations in relation to each other may be found here
Tues 14th Branch Meeting Waterloo Arms, Freemantle – 8pm prompt start. To be followed by local pub visits if people interested.
Fri 17th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Empress of Blandings, Copythorne; Lamb, Nomansland; Cuckoo, Hamptworth. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Sat 1st Eastleigh Walkabout – A Walkabout of surrounding Pubs in Eastleigh & Bishopstoke
Start Wagon Works at 4pm
Anglers, Bishopstoke 5.00pm
Prince of Wales, Bishopstoke 5.40pm
Stones, Eastleigh 6.30pm
Chamberlayne, Eastleigh 7.30pm
Wagon Works 8.15pm
A map of the pub locations in relation to each other may be found here
Fri 24th Bowman Ales Presentation – Presentation for Beer of the Festival 2009. Depart Southampton Central Station (Toys R' Us side) 7:30pm. Returning via Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge. Back in Southampton ~11:30pm.
August
Tues 11th Branch Meeting Duke of Wellington, Bugle Street – 8pm prompt start.
Sat 15th Pennington Walkabout – To visit some pubs in Pennington. A map of the pub locations in relation to each other may be found here
  • Depart Soton Central (Train) 14.51. Please note amended departure time. Arrive Brockenhurst 15.04 - Optional quick half in Forester Arms, Brockenhurst
  • Depart Brockenhurst (Train) 15.29 arrive Lymington Town 15.37. Approx 10 min walk to Lymington Bus Station.
  • Depart Lymington Bus Station (Bus X12) 16.05 arrive Wheel Inn 16.16
  • Depart Wheel Inn (Bus X12) 17.05 arrive Lymington Bus Station 17.15. Optional Quick Half in Angel Hotel
  • Depart Lymington Bus Station (Bus 56) 17.40 arrive Battramsley Cross 17.52. Walk 10-15 min along Rope Hill to Red Lion, Boldre. Arrive approx. 18.05
  • Depart Red Lion, Boldre approx. 19.15, walk back along Rope Hill to Battramsley Cross
  • Depart Battramsley Cross (Bus 56) 19.34. Arrive Avenue Road / Lymington Police Station approx. 19.40. Walk Avenue Road to Borough Arms (approx. 5 min) arrive 19.45.
  • Depart Borough Arms 21.15 walk New Street / Cannon Street / Gosport Street / Station Street to Bosun's Chair (approx 10 min) arrive Bosun's Chair 21.25
  • Depart Bosun's Chair 22.10 (outside Lymington Town Station)
  • Depart Lymington Town (Train) 22.14 arrive Brockenhurst 22.24
  • Depart Brockenhurst 22.40 arrive Southampton Central 22.57
Fri 21st Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Hare & Hounds, Sway; Oak, Bank; New Forest Inn, Emery Down. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Sat 29th Triple fff Brewery Charity Open Day – 11am to 4pm.
The open day is for the charity Cardiac Rehab in Alton and Basingstoke. The main events through the day will be lots of free samples of all of the current Triple fff beers including Champion Beer of Britain 2008 "Alton's Pride" Also, live music, the largest curry in Hampshire cooked by Graham Trott himself and brewery tours conducted throughout the afternoon. The entry fee is 5 per person which gets you a Triple fff glass for your free samples. Please contact the brewery for more information.
Sun 30th Branch Summer Social – BBQ Dolphin, St Denys from 2pm,
Sausage 1, burger 1.50, chicken 2, all with salad, roll & sauces, Beer 2 pint
Mon 31st Annual Informal Cricket knock-about and picnic – Southampton Sports Centre – 12 noon. Meet on the cricket pitch nearest the Dunkirk Road car park, or phone 07968 809291 to find out which pitch we've moved to. All standards welcome – yes we really mean this, no experience necessary. Everyone gets to bat and bowl. If it rains we'll retire somewhere dry for the picnic. Please contact Pete for this event.
September
Sat 12th Isle of Wight Day Out – 1215 Depart Red Jet, 1245 Ship & Castle, East Cowes, 1.14 Bus to Ryde, 1.45 Simeon Arms, Ryde, 2.40 bus to Brading, 3pm Yarbridge Arms, 4.39 Bus back to Ryde, 5pm Solent Inn, 6.20 bus to East Cowes, 6.44 Union Inn/Anchor Inn, West Cowes, 8.15 Red Jet back to Southampton. A map of the pubs may be found here.
Fri 18th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Talisman, Park Gate; Horse & Jockey, Curbridge; Wheatsheaf, Shedfield Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Thur 24th Peartree Beer Festival Planning Meeting – Waterloo Arms, Freemantle, Southampton – 8pm
   
October
Fri 2nd Brewery Trip – Oakleaf Brewery, depart Southampton Central, 6.30pm, return visiting The Wheatsheaf, Titchfield. 15 pp
Tues 13th Branch Meeting – Abbey Hotel, Romsey – 8pm prompt start
Fri 16th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Northbrook Arms, East Stratton; Cricketers, Easton; Black Boy, Winchester. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Sat 24th CJ Cider making & presentation – depart Southampton Central, – 8am, cost 40.pp. need to know numbers attending by 13th October.
Thurs 29th Brewery Trip – Stonehenge Brewery, depart Southampton Central, 7pm, on return visiting Malet Arms, Newton Tony. 15 pp
November
Thurs 5th Bangers & Beer – Guide Dog, Earls road, Portswood – from 8pm, 4 beer & banger. Margaret would like to have idea of how many to cater for, please advise if attending.
Tues 10th Branch Meeting – The Rover, Shirley, – 8pm prompt start
Thurs 12th
  – Sun 15th
4 day Belgian Trip, including Brewery visit and the third Brugge Beer Festival
Coach from Southampton Central Station, 3 nights Hotel accommodation. Cost 220 per person sharing, 310 single room.
Contact Chris Brown on 023 8055 4881 or in person at Bitter Virtue, 70 Cambridge Road, Southampton or by email.
Fri 20th Monthly Beer Bus – departing Southampton Central Station (Toys R Us side) – 7:30pm. A chance to go to some of our less accessible pubs, Destinations: Red Lion, Milford-on-Sea; Red Lion, Boldre; Turfcutter's Arms, East Boldre. Please contact Alex for the Beer Bus
Frid 27th Flowerpots Pub Trip 30 years in The Good Beer Guide ! Visit Tichbourne Arms on way home– depart The Dolphin, St Denys, 7.30pm, cost 10pp.
December
Sat 5th Annual Beer Train – departing Southampton Central Station by train at 09:38. Please contact Alex for the Beer Train
Sun 6th Ballards Brewery Trip – A visit to Ballards Brewery, Nyewood, West Sussex for the launch of their seasonal beer, then a walk across fields or along roads with about 100 others to some of the local pubs serving Ballards beers. A great annual event. Depart Southampton Central 10am, cost 20pp FULLY BOOKED
Tues 8th Branch Meeting – Fleming Arms, Swaythling – 8pm prompt start
Mon 28th Christmas / New Year "getogether" and mailout preparation – Junction Inn, St Denys – from 6:00pm. The plan is to do the envelope stuffing for our January 2010 mailout before eating, playing pool & bar billiards... or just enjoying some real ales, before heading on to other local pubs later on.
   
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