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New research: Majority of pub-goers feel safe in hospitality venues

CAMRA calls for all pubs to be allowed to trade in December for a COVID-secure Christmas

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has called on governments to adapt the tier systems to let all pubs trade in December, after new YouGov research finds that the majority of pub-goers believe that pubs and other hospitality venues offer a COVID-secure environment.

The survey, conducted on the behalf of CAMRA, found that 82% of GB adults who have been to the pub at least once in the last 6 months felt hospitality businesses were COVID-secure environments, reflecting the huge investment many pubs have made to re-open during the pandemic.

Many pubs have invested thousands to utilise new technologies to introduce track and trace, table service, flexi glass screening, new sanitation stations and deep cleans. CAMRA has consistently called on government to offer evidence into virus transmissions within the pub setting and is asking ministers to publish the evidence on which decisions are being taken about what the tier system in England will look like after lockdown ends on 2nd December.

The Campaign has also called on the Scottish Government to re-examine strict restrictions on pubs as part of its 5 tier system.

The consumer group now wants the UK Government to adapt the tier system in England to allow all pubs to open on the 3rd December – regardless of whether they serve food or not – so that consumers can enjoy the personal wellbeing benefits of pub-going over the Christmas season.

CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona said:

“Businesses should be allowed to open based on whether they can provide a COVID-secure environment – not based on whether they serve food. Publicans have invested thousands to keep their customers safe this year and comply with additional regulations and track and trace requirements, and this research shows that customers recognise this too.

“We are particularly concerned that wet-led pubs have been hit by forced closure in Tier 3 areas even before lockdown and have been left out from the VAT reductions that only apply to food and non-alcoholic drinks, despite needing support just as much as other hospitality venues. It’s vital that they are given the chance to trade after lockdown ends.

“The Government also need to properly review curfew, which SAGE scientists advise has a marginal effect on suppressing the virus and there are concerns that it leads to mingling in non-COVID-safe environments, such as people’s homes. With no evidence to suggest that curfews work, we believe the initiative should be scrapped – especially from the lower Tier levels when lockdown ends.“

“For a long time, CAMRA has championed community pubs as the home of responsible drinking. This Christmas, we believe pubs should be the COVID-safe home to enjoy a pint.”

BII Launch 'Heart of the Community' Award

A new recognition scheme has been launched by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

This is an external recognition scheme that is run solely by the BII, but it’s aims and objectives are in line with CAMRA’s work to champion the community and social value of pubs.

BII ‘Heart of the Community’ Award – opportunity for branches and the public to nominate local pubs.

About the ‘Heart of the Community’ Award

The BII’s ‘Heart of the Community’ Award launched in October this year and seeks to recognise all the pubs that have done so much for their community this year. While billed as an ‘award’ it’s not a competition - the aim is to recognise as many pubs as possible through the scheme.

The scheme aims to:

• Generate positive news about pubs during a very difficult time for the industry, especially in the media.

• Highlight individual cases of community spirit and help licensees realise how important what they do is to their community.

• Help licensees with their own social media profiles – giving them ready made graphics to share and promote their work with customers.

• Raise the profile of the pub industry, showcasing pubs with the general public, as well as Government – and underpinning why they should support the industry.

You can view more information and some of the winners so far on the BII’s website here.

How to nominate a pub

The BII are keen to receive as many nominations as possible. Nominations can be made by anyone, including publicans themselves. Nominees do not need to be members of the BII or CAMRA – any pub can be nominated.

Nominations should include:

• How the nominee has gone out of their way to offer support to their community, whether it was through providing essential groceries, looking out for their regulars, turning their pubs into shops or any of the other community initiatives

• Any stories, pictures, videos or social media posts relating to what they did in lockdown

A nomination form can be downloaded here BII Nomination Form, and should be returned to ku.gro.iib@ytinummoc

Tim Webster buys The Reform Inn, Pilton.

Barum Brewery in Pilton, Barnstaple, has long supplied the attached pub, The Reform Inn with its products. Recently, the owner of Barum Brewery, Tim Webster, has purchased the Reform Inn and become the new landlord which, considering we are in the middle of a pandemic, was a very bold move by him. Being the owner of North Devon's longest running brewery, when the previous landlady told him she was giving up the pub, Tim swung into action knowing that he could not let the pub just stand.

Below is the proud owner of The Reform Inn, Pilton and we suggest that when we emerge from the latest lockdown, that you take time to go and visit him and enjoy some of the excellent beers he produces.

Panniers Good Beer Guide 2021 Presentation

Recently, North Devon CAMRA presented The Panniers, Barnstaple, with their Licensee Pack welcoming them as an entry into the Good Beer Guide 2021. Pictured proudly holding the Guide is Manager George (Alan) Young.

CAMRA is 50 Years Old in 2021

As you no doubt are aware, CAMRA will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021. We are already gearing up to a year of activities, campaigning and more.

We are currently seeking photographs for an online gallery documenting CAMRA’s half a century of history, which can be visited by members on our website and on our social media channels as we celebrate our anniversary, in place of a physical exhibition due to the ongoing pandemic.

If you have any photographs from your time as a member that you would be willing to contribute - photos documenting festivals, meetings, AGM or other CAMRA gatherings - we would love to see them! Plus, there may be a chance we get in touch to ask for permission to use an image or two in an upcoming book on CAMRA’s history.

If you would be happy to share, get in touch with the Press team at ku.gro.armac@sserp. If your images are too large for email, you can also use programs such as Dropbox or WeTransfer. If you know a friend within your branch who might have some good shots, do feel free to pass this information on to them.

Please be aware that by sharing photographs you have taken with us, you are granting us permission to use them for commercial means. If you have used specific models for your photo you will need to ask them to sign a photo release form (available in CAMRA Public Relations Toolkit page).

General snaps of a group of people attending a beer festival are excluded from this as they are in a public setting. If you have any questions or need anything from us, drop the team a line at the email above.

New Menu Option for Membership Discounts

A new menu item on the left hand side of our web site has an additional item that will take you to the CAMRA Discount page.

This page contains discounts that are available to CAMRA members only and the option to display them will require you to LOGIN to our site using the "Members' Area" option on the left hand side and then entering your CAMRA ID and Password.

Once entered, the menu item 'Membership Benefits - Discounts' will be displayed. Click on that then click on the url in the Membership Benefits page that will take you to the CAMRA discount site.

Government Clarifies Alcohol Sales by Hospitality Venues During Latest Lockdown.

Date - 3rd. November 2020

PUBS will be allowed to serve takeaway alcohol but only if it is ordered in advance.

A loophole in the Government's newly released lockdown regulations means pubs can serve alcohol to go - but only if ordered online, or on the phone before they arrive.

The original guidance on the new measures said that all alcohol sales for takeaway would be banned. But the new regulations published yesterday showed that alcohol and food can be collected if ordered in advance.

Consumer group the Campaign For Real Ale had opposed a ban on takeaway drinks during lockdown. In a letter to Michael Gove, CAMRA said the decision would mean 'more beer will have to be poured down the drain, with the associated cost of lost stock'.

It added: “Please remove this unfair restriction immediately and urge colleagues to announce a comprehensive support package for pubs and brewers, to give them a better chance of surviving through this latest lockdown period.”

To all members that did e-mail their MP regarding this issue a great big 'Thank You' from all of us at North Devon CAMRA. Sometimes common sense does prevail; it just requires a nudge from the right people.

Please go out and support your local pub in this second lockdown phase whilst ensuring you all abide by the relevant rules.

A great victory for us all!

Cider Pub of the Year Presentation, 2020 – Hip & Pistol, Ilfracombe

After a period of time that was interrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown and self isolation by the Hip & Pistol, Ilfracombe, North Devon CAMRA were at last able to present them with their Cider Pub of the Year award for 2020, just before the next lockdown is applied!

Presentation to the Hip and Pistol, Ilfracombe as North Devon's Cider Pub of the Year winner for 2020. Hip and Pistol 2020 Hip and Pistol 2020 Hip and Pistol 2020

Here we see the Landlord, Nick Waters, being presented with his award by the Chairman of North Devon CAMRA, Steve (Snuffy) Lock.

Congratulations to the Hip & Pistol!

Good Beer Guide 2021 is now available. Check North Devon Entries!

The Good Beer Guide 2021 is published today, 29th. October and is available to buy from the CAMRA Shop and other outlets.

Although we are still having to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, all entries in this years guide were decided prior to any lockdown and so reflect the quality of beer, the services and facilities that the pubs were offering before being forced to close.

All of us at North Devon CAMRA would like to offer our sincerest congratulations to those pubs who continue to be in the guide as well as those entries who have made it into the guide either as a first entry or one that may have missed a year or two. Getting into the Guide is not easy and nor should it be and it is unfortunate that we cannot put more pubs into it. However please keep up your commitment to quality beer, great service and general ‘Bonhomie’ and let us see you in the next Guide.

Here is the complete list of the 27 pubs in the North Devon CAMRA area that made the guide out of approximately 275.

Pub Name Village
Champ Appledore
Panniers Barnstaple
Globe Inn Beaford
Windsor Arms Bradiford
Clovelly Inn Bratton Clovelly
Staghunters Inn Brendon
Arscott Arms Chapmans Well
Bell Inn Chittlehampton
Old Court House Chulmleigh
Red Lion Exbourne
Duke of York Iddesleigh
Admiral Collingwood Ilfracombe
Hip and Pistol Ilfracombe
Second Stage Ilfracombe
Wellington Arms Ilfracombe
Grove Inn Kings Nympton
Blue Lion Inn Lewdown
Cottage Inn Lynton
Railway Inn North Tawton
Plume of Feathers Hotel Okehampton
Bell Inn Parkham
King’s Arms South Zeal
Taw River Inn Sticklepath
Cyder Presse Weare Giffard
Old Smithy Inn Welcombe
Lymington Arms Wembworthy
King’s Arms Winkleigh

At this time, we cannot say for certain what will be happening with regard to pub entries into the 2022 guide. As soon as we are aware, we shall ensure all our members are informed so that they may nominate their favourite pub for inclusion into the guide.

We are fortunate that the North Devon Area falls into the medium category as far as Covid-19 infections are concerned, which means we do still have reasonable access to our favourite pubs. Please visit them often whilst ensuring you do so in a safe manner and by obeying the various legal requirements all publicans have to follow. Many have struggled to keep going and have done so by helping their own communities in providing takeaways for both food and beer as well as other services. It is now for us to repay that community spirit by frequenting them and ensuring their survival.

Again we say Congratulations to all the 2021 Good Beer Guide entries for North Devon.

Club of the Year 2020, Hartland British Legion Club presentation

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Club of the Year presentation, made on the 7th. September at The Royal British Legion Club, Hartland.

In the pictures are; from left to right Tony Crossley, Robert Parsons, Marcel Jeffrey of Royal British Legion and Stephen Lock. Well done the Royal British Legion.

Pub of the Year 2020, The Globe Inn Beaford presentation

POTY 2020 Globe Inn Beaford Branch members at POTY POTY certificate 2020 Jim and Sam

Our Pub of the Year 2020 presentation to the Globe Inn at Beaford. Jim and Sam are being presented with their certificate by Chairman Stephen (Snuffy) Lock in August. A small socially distanced gathering was there to celebrate with them.

My Local is opening - is yours?

As we are all now aware, the 4th. July is the date set for when Pubs and Restaurants will be able to open, providing they have put measures in place to restrict the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

However, we are also well aware that many of these same businesses do operate on a low margin and their continuing financial solvency has been knocked despite help from the Government, in the form of loans and/or the payment to furlough staff. In many instances there will have been staff that would have been made redundant, all of which will have an effect on those that will be looking to reopen.

Unfortunately, there may be some businesses that will be unable to reopen and the current owner or leaseholder will have to shut the doors for good, as far as they are concerned.

A closed pub is an area of concern for CAMRA and indeed for the local community. There are unscrupulous Pub Companies and independent owners who may wish to take advantage of such a pub and put in a planning application for a ‘Change of Use’. This would mean, if the application were passed, that the pub would be lost to that community. We, as ND CAMRA, will try and keep abreast of any applications that councils may receive and we shall post an objection to that. However, as much as we would like to think we could catch all applications, this may not be possible and some could drop through the cracks.

To ensure we are able to keep abreast of what is happening to the pubs in our area, we would ask for each and every member to help do their bit for their community and local pub. As a Branch, due to the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in, it is not possible for our Pubs Officers to cover all of the pubs in a timely manner. It would be of great help, therefore, if you, as a ND CAMRA member, inform us as far as possible of the following, by sending an e-mail to ku.gro.armac.novedhtron@puorg.sbup.

1. Name of pub and location

2. Will they be opening up on or after the 4th. July and if after, when

3. If the answer to 2 is NO are you aware of any ‘Change of Use’ applications

4. If the answer to 2 is NO will the pub be closed until new tenants take over

5. If the answer to 2 is YES what restrictions, if any, will the pub be introducing; e.g. limited opening times and how long will the restrictions be in place

If your local has any form of Social Interaction presence such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., that information may well be posted there, so please look there too.

This information will only be used internally within ND CAMRA and will not be publicly available. It will help us to create a short and long term strategy as to how best we can serve not only our members better, but also the pubs in our area.

We have been trying to ensure that whilst the lockdown has been operational, that as much help has been given to those pubs, where possible, to make certain they have a chance of survival as a local for you.

Please help us to help you have a local to go to.

To support the beer and pubs industry during this difficult time, we have decided to partner with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Crowdfunder to try and help pubs, clubs, breweries, tap rooms and cider producers during these difficult times.

Our Pulling Together campaign encourages pubs, brewers and cider makers to come up with innovative ways to keep their business afloat during this crisis – whether that be launching a new online shop, offering beer or cider takeaways or providing redeemable gift vouchers for locals.

The campaign aims to amplify the voices of those pubs, brewers and cider producers while connecting the public with their favourite local businesses. With the help of Crowdfunder, we will also encourage pubs and breweries to tap into their community to help weather the crisis.

For more information visit Pulling Together

If you have an interest in Heritage this publication may be just what you need:Real Heritage Pubs of The South West

Real Heritage Pubs of The South West - Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest

This book is part of the popular CAMRA Pub Heritage series. It includes high-quality photographs illustrating the featured pubs throughout the South West of England. With articles on specific features of each pub and full listings of over 100 pubs, celebrating their individual architectural and historical importance.

Illustrations: Over 200 full-colour photographs. Cost £5.99

CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Vouchers

The CAMRA Voucher scheme is a member benefit that entitles members to £30, sixty vouchers of fifty pence, off a pint of Real Ale, Cider or Perry. It complements the existing Real Ale Discount Scheme and is a bigger and better voucher scheme for our members.

As of 1 July 2019, CAMRA replaced Wetherspoon vouchers with a new CAMRA owned and operated voucher scheme.

All new and renewing CAMRA members will now receive:

£30 (60 x 50p) worth of CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Vouchers

Redeemable at over 1470 pubs nationwide, including J D Wetherspoon, Stonegate, Brains and Castle Rock managed pubs.

All vouchers will be valid for the length of membership for added flexibility.

Find out more in the full Terms and Conditions .

CAMRA promotes responsible drinking and thus encourages all vouchers to be used responsibly at all times.

The CAMRA Voucher Scheme is in addition to the Real Ale Discount Scheme where around 3500 pubs offer great discount benefits to membership card-carrying CAMRA members.

Voucher redemption: Each voucher is stamped with a start and end date and must be redeemed within this time. A membership card should be produced when using vouchers as proof of membership.

CAMRA promotes responsible drinking and thus encourages all vouchers to be used responsibly at all times.