Events Coming Up

Spring 2015
last updated 24th January 2015

Social Sec:

Jack Wilkinson

or Branch President Pete Coppard, 01273 683322

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Choosing Our Branch Pub Of The Year (POTY)
leading into CAMRA's National Pub of the Year 2015
CALLING CAMRA MEMBERS: Please NOMINATE up to 3 of your favourite REAL ALE pubs in our area.
An award will also be given to our Country POTY & our Cider & Perry POTY. These can be one of your main selections or a separate nomination.
No form required. Simply E-mail nominations (with your CAMRA Membership Number please) to by Sunday 15th February. The judging process will follow after that.

Socials will be at venues nominated for the 2016 Good Beer Guide, so further dates and details will be added below, including a possible minibus outing.

Others to be added soon, usually Thursdays. Still awaiting details.

(Not a Branch event but... Wednesday 4th February a little after mid-day – The 'Bus to thre Pub' group present their "Pub of the Year" award to Brenda Robbins and Matt Davies at The Hand in Hand, Kemptown. Runner-up was Inglenook Hotel, Nyetimber.)

Thursday 19th February – note earlier time 7.30pm Good Beer Guide Selection Meeting at The Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.

Assorted Beer Festivals etc. that we know of...
I'll add details if you let me know of any webmaster Adrian Towler
The Arun & Adur Branch also maintain a list so, rather than duplicate things, also have a look at theirs.

Not a Beer Festival but you may be interested in Harveys County Town Hop. Here are the basics...
"We are sending out about 100 passports today (23 Jan) by post for pre-applicants. Henceforth, forms are available from the brewery shop. There is a chance that the passport office might be able to process them within an hour for personal applicants calling between 10 – 12 Mondays to Fridays, unless there is a severe backlog during peak hopping seasons. No passports will be processed after 13th February. They are subject to availability (max 225 applicants but this could be extended to the short print overrun)." Presumably go to Harveys website for more info

Fri 6 & Sat 7: Ropetackle beer & music Festival, Shoreham

MARCH: See below – Tickets now on sale for the 25th....

Beer Festival leaflet


please let me know webmaster Adrian Towler if these are no longer vald or of new ones

Fiveways (Formerly The Stanmer Park) offers 10% off to CAMRA Members.
The Pub du Vin 7 Ship St, Brighton (BN1 1AD – 01273 718588) offers discount on beer (20% I think, can anyone confirm this is still live please) if you show your current CAMRA Membership Card when ordering.
The Victory in Brighton also has a discount scheme for CAMRA members – it seems to be all real ales at £3.20 a pint – no discount for halves or for cider.
The Ancient Mariner (Rutland Road/Coleridge Street cnr.) Hove also has all real ales at £3.20 a pint to card-carrying CAMRA members.
The Palmeira, Hove (Cromwell Rd/ Holland Rd corner) is offering card-carrying CAMRA members 5% discount.
The Prince George, Brighton, CAMRA discount is 60p off a pint (so low abv ales are or were £3.09 to £3.70, med £3.20 to £3.80, and strong £3.30 to £3.90 ...presumably with the discount)
The Sussex Cricketer, Hove near cricket ground, 20p off a pint, show membership card

The Brewers Arms
in Lewes High Street offer a discount for CAMRA members of 5%.

also Royal British Legion Club, 6 Culver Road, Lancing BN15 9AX, tel 01903 764815. "Should you be passing this way CAMRA Members will be allowed in on production of valid Membership Card (no guests)"

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Sussex ‘Bus to the Pub’ Trips

Visit pubs with fine ales in friendly convivial company without the constraints of the car. Organisers: Stuart Elms & Mike Jacomb. Particularly good if you have a free bus pass. The abbreviation (GBG) means in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2015. I hope you can understand his other abbreviations.

Wednesday 28 Angmering, Rustington & East Preston; 11.30 Stagecoach 9 from Worthing to Spotted Cow (GBG) then Windmill & Clockhouse
Friday 30th an extra trip to meet the needs of those who want to return to the superb Coopers Arms, Crowborough for their Dark and Delicious mini-festival. We were thinking of going on the Saturday but a number of CAMRA branches will be descending 'mob handed' so this small pub will be uncomfortably rammed. I suggest catching either the 10.15 (arr 11.40) or 10.45 (arr 12.10) B & H 29 to Crowborough High Street from where it is a 15-20 min walk - crossing the main A26 road at the C'boro Cross pub - and continuing due north downhill via St John's Road

Wednesday 4 Our Bus to the Pub "Pub of the Year" presentation; just after 12 noon at The Hand in Hand, Brighton (GBG)
Wednesday 11 to Hove & Shoreham ; meet from noon at Neptune (GBG) then Brunswick & Old Star
Thursday 19 to Turners Hill & West Hoathly; 10.15 Metrobus 270 from B’ton C’hill Sq. to Hay Heath Perrymount Road (adj. stn.) for 11.42 Metrobus 82 to Red Lion (GBG), then 13.58 M’bus 84 to Cat.
Wednesday 25 to Eastbourne South Street; meet 10.30 at C’hill Sq. for 10.37 B & H 12a to E.bne

Thursday 5 to Staplefield & Burgess Hill; 10.48 Metro 271 from B’ton to Jolly Tanners then return to Quench Bar
Wednesday 11 to Laughton** & Lewes; meet Lewes Bus Stn. for 12.20 Compass 143 to Roebuck then return for Lewes pubs.
**= subject to pub re-opening so pl. check with Stuart.
Monday 16 to Lancing & Sompting; meet from 12 noon in Stanley Alehouse then on to Crabtree, Gardeners Arms (GBG)
Thursday 26 Awayday to Snargate; 10.32 train to Appledore (Kent) for easy road walk (approx. 1.5m) to The Red Lion (GBG and time-warp pub)

Thursday 2 to a Sussex 'Pub of the Year' nominated pub (ring for details nearer time)
Friday 10 Around Worthing; meet from 11.30 at Brooksteed Alehouse then onwards.
Thursday 16 to a Sx PotY pub (ring for details nearer time)
Monday 20 to Nyetimber and West Dean; meet Chichester bus stn. for 11.43 Stagecoach 60 to Inglenook (GBG & our PotY runner-up) then return to Dean at West Dean.
Wednesday 29 Around Brighton; meet noon at Dispensary then onwards.

Wednesday 6 to Maplehurst and Shoreham; either 10.00 Stagecoach 17 from B’ton to Crabtree (or 10.27 Metrobus 23 to Copsale turning) then walk to White Horse (GBG) approx. 1.75m from Crabtree or 2m on road from Copsale) then back to Old Star
Monday 11 to a Sx PotY pub (ring for details nearer time)
Thursday 21 to Friday Street; either 10.00 Stagecoach 17 from C’Hill Sq (or 10.27 Metro 23 from W’tg) to H’sham Bus Stn for 11.49 Metro 93 to Kingsfold then footpath walk approx 1.5m, with some stiles, to Royal Oak (GBG)
Friday 29 either a Sx PotY pub or around Kemp Town (ring for details nearer time)

Thursday 4 to Pett
Saturday 13 Colemans Hatch & Hartfield
Thursday 18 Oving and Eastergate
Wednesday 24 to West Chiltington and Tarring

Wednesday 1 to South Chailey and Lewes
Thursday 9 to Salehurst and St. Leonards
Friday 17 to Compton & Stoughton
Thursday 23 to Petworth and Eartham
Thursday 30 to Turners Hill and Lindfield

Wednesday 5 to Nyetimber and Bognor Regis
Monday 10 Micro-pub wander; poss. new one in Hove or, if not, meet Old Star Shoreham from noon then Anchored in Worthing.
Thursday 20 to Shore East Wittering and Chichester
Thursday 27 to Bexhill and Hastings

For further info or to join Stuart's e-mailing list: or ring 07817 058928

The majority of pubs in our area can be reached by public transport – visit your local library or Tourist Information Centre and pick up copies of the Compass Bus timetable, Metrobus West Sussex timetable or individual route timetables for Stagecoach in the South Downs

-------------------- Useful Contacts: Jack Wilkinson who is Branch Social Secretary

or Branch Contact: John Kirkland 01293 519844


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