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Furness Branch Chairman’s Report


                                      by Dave Stubbins - Chairman


       Obviously the most significant thing to  We are aware that at least two of our
       report this quarter is the devastating  brewers, Hawkshead and Stringers,
       impact the coronavirus Covid-19 is   are offering delivery services for bottled
       having on all our activities. Because  beer. Contact details and arrangements
       our pubs are currently closed and to  for delivery can usually be found on
       minimise our own members’ movement   their Facebook, Twitter or web pages
       we have decided that this issue of the  (what we know so far is on page 12). I
       InnQuirer will not be printed. We did  know other brewers are making plans
       however feel that it is important to  too. At this time please follow our
       continue to communicate as far as    Facebook and Twitter accounts as we
       possible so this issue will be in an on  post any information we get on a
       line version only.                   regular basis. Cumbria CAMRA and
                                            our fellow Cumbrian branches are also
       We as a branch are of course following  posting information and it’s a good way
       CAMRA’s national instructions and all  to keep up to date.
       meetings are cancelled in the
       immediate future. You may be aware   On a positive note, just before the
       that CAMRA’s flagship event, the     clampdown on pubs occurred we were
       Great British Beer Festival, scheduled  able to make presentations to our
       to take place in August this year, has  branch Pub of the Year, the Old
       been cancelled. The decision had to be  Friends in Ulverston and our branch
       taken early as the detailed planning  Club of the year. Congratulations to
       involved is significant.             both on their fine achievement and to
                                            the Wellington at Loppergarth, our
       We are fortunate that, because we    Cider Pub of the Year. As soon as
       have several years’ experience of    conditions permit, we will make further
       running our own Ulverston Beer and   presentations as our Pub of the Season
       Cider Festival, we can wait a few more  is ongoing.
       weeks to see how the virus situation
       develops before we need to decide    The most important thing is to follow
       whether we can proceed with the      the Government’s advice and please
       festival.                            keep safe
                                            and we’ll
       CAMRA has teamed up with the         see you on
       Society of Independent Brewers       the “other
       (“SIBA”) and Crowdfunder to launch a  side” of
       campaign entitled “Pulling Together”.  this
       Details of this Campaign are contained  pandemic.
       on page 10 of this magazine. Suffice it
       to say it’s desperately important that we
       do all we can to help our pubs in any
       way we can at this difficult time.



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