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Social Diary Branch telephone 07757 772564, Email. Waltham Forest Sports and Social Club will close if the club committee, CAMRA members and members of the public do not persuade the council of its value to the local community. Follow the link to find your local councillor - list of councillors and email requesting they support the club to stop the proposed closure; we need to act quickly.  APRIL      Weds 20 EC1 Crawl, (7pm) Artillery Arms BunhillRow, EC1Y 8ND (7.45pm) Masque Haunt Old St, EC1V9BP (8.30pm) Old Fountain Baldwin St,EC1V 9NU (9.30pm)Brewhouse & Kitchen Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ. MAY Weds 4 Chingford Crawl, buses required, (7:45pm) Old Hall Tavern Hall Lane, E4 8EY (8.45pm) Kings Head Kings Head Hill, E4 7EA (9.30pm) Station House Station Road, E4 6AN (10pm) Queen Elizabeth Forest Side, E4 6BA. 10th May AGM will be at the Eleanor Arms 460 Old Ford Rd E3 5JP at 8pm. To encourage attendance, some free beer will be available. May 10th 2016 AGM Agenda   1 Apologies for absence   2 To accept minutes of previous EGM. (Branch are unable to produce the 2015 AGM minutes)   3 Reports of Branch Officers • Chair, Secretary, Membership, Treasurer (Branch & PE), Pubs Officer, Pub Preservation Officer, BFO, Cider Rep, NBSS co-ordinator and Whatpub Database Manager   4 Election of officers required under branch constitution: • Chair currently Kim Scott • Secretary/Contact currently John Pardoe • Treasurer currently Steve Hall • Membership Secretary currently Andy Kinch • Pub Officer Currently Ray Wright     • Pub Protection Officer currently James Watson • Cider Rep Currently Mick Lewis • NBSS Co-ordinator Currently Frankie Colclough Election of other officers: • BFO Currently Derek Jones will be standing down. • Social secretary durrently Matt Barrowcliffe will be standing down • Whatpub Database Manager Currently Matt Black will be standing down. • Young Members Contact Currently Vacant • Press & Publicity Officer Currently Frankie Colclough who wishes to stand down. • Public Affairs Officer Currently Frankie Colclough who wishes to stand down.     5 Appointment of auditors for 2016/17 accounts    6 Closing remarks from the Chairman/ RD   7 Any other business Tue May 17 Pigs Ear Beer Festival planning meeting 7.30pm Rose & Crown Hoe St E17 4SA Thurs 19 Leyton Crawl, (7.30pm) Drum Lea Bridge Rd, E10 7EQ (8.30pm) King William IV High Rd Leyton, E10 6AE (9.30pm) Leyton Technical High Rd Leyton, E10 5QN. JUNE Mon 6 Revitalisation Consultation Meeting Briefing for host branches and Regional Directors Leyton Orient Supporters Club 7 – 9pm Matchroom Stadium, Oliver Road E10 5NF Tea, coffee, tinned and bottled beer and cider will be available (no draft ale). Read the article at top of page. Thu 16 Leyton Orient Supporters Club Beer Festival Oliver Road E10 5NF The England V Wales football match (KO 3pm) will be screened, during the game the lights will be dimmed. Club will open at 12.30 and close at 11pm Beers will be from Wales and England. Meet from 8pm. We will use this event to start the branch Great British Beer Festival Publicity drive.   EPPING AND ONGAR RAILWAY BEER FESTIVAL. The festival will run from Friday July 29th to Sunday July 31st at North Weald Station. This festival is supported and the bar is jointly staffed by ELAC members Volunteers are needed from Monday 25th July to Monday 1st August, contact branch if you want to help. Can you help with improving our Whatpub records Whatpub is CAMRA’s online pub guide and in order to keep it up to date and comprehensive we need updates from the people on the ground like you. The website offers facilities to do this or you can email us. We now have details for the vast majority of real ale pubs within our branch. There are some that still need full details (description, beer range, opening hours etc.,)   Forest Gate Hotel , Forest Gate http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14503/forest-gate-hotel-forest-gate (need opening hours) Duke of Wellington, Hackney http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14566/duke-of-wellington-hackney Ferry House, Isle of Dogs http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14087/ferry-house-isle-of-dogs Railway Tavern, Stratford http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14104/railway-tavern-stratford Slug & Lettuce, Wapping http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/100010/slug-lettuce-london Slug & Lettuce, South Woodford http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14243/slug-lettuce-south-woodford Bleeding Heart, Clerkenwell http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14675/bleeding-heart-tavern-london Sweetings, City http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14961/sweetings-london (restauraunt that has served real ale, need confirmation that they still do) Bear, Farringdon http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14649/bear-london (reported renamed as Clerkenwell & Social) Whilst the above are our priority we also welcome updates (or simply an addition of anything of interest to the description) to any pub. We welcome all information.   We have the following bar openings reported (not believed to be real ale), however we need to know for our records whether they count as a "pub" (serves draught beer (real ale) or other, bar service and does not require you to order a meal or charge admission ).   Oriole ex http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14642/cock-tavern-london Simmons ex http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/13913/simmons-bar-london Simmons ex http://whatpub.com/pubs/ELC/14684/fountain-london Beer & Buns 3 Appold Street EC2 Bishopsgate Exchange EC2 Flight Club 2a Worship Street EC2 Trading House 89-91 Gresham St EC2 Alchemist 6 Bevis Marks EC3 Banking Hall, 14 Cornhill EC3 Zebarno in the City 33 Duke Street EC3 Big Easy Crossrail Place E14 Cafe Football Westfield E20   Please use http://whatpub.com/  to score the beers that you drink; This will enable us to get the best pubs into the next Good Beer Guide. Let us know if you need guidance on using the website or the beer scoring system. Thank you.

The ACV Challenge - James Watson (ELAC’s Pubs

Preservation Officer)

  Assets of Community Value (ACVs) have been with us for three years now and there are 879 pubs listed in England, including around 90 in the Greater London Region. Many people are fixated with the "community right to bid" aspect and somehow feel that they will be obliged to raise funds to buy a pub. Although this is possible, it is highly unlikely. There are only two community-owned pubs in London which have gone down this route - The Ivy House and The Antwerp Arms. The other 88 were nominated primarily to achieve a planning purpose. A good example is The Chesham Arms in Hackney whose ACV status helped to save it from conversion to flats. It is still in the same ownership but the ACV registration was deployed as a tool to safeguard its long-term survival as a pub.   Since April 2015, planning law has changed. When pubs are nominated as ACV, their permitted development rights for demolition and change of use are removed. This is very useful to us as it brings change of use and demolition under planning control. Also since the start of 2015, it has been possible for CAMRA branches to submit nominations for ACV status, without the need to collect 21 signatures or to form an association. CAMRA is a limited company which does not distribute a surplus to its members. This makes us eligible to put ACV nominations in as CAMRA Ltd, exploiting our branch structure to demonstrate a local connection.   Nominating your treasured local has never been easier and it now provides meaningful planning protection. Our colleagues at HQ have a dedicated online survey tool to make the application process efficient. It really is as simple as ACV! The process is:   1. Identify a pub (or pubs) in the local area that you believe would be a great loss of converted to alternative use 2. Obtain the permission of the ELAC Branch Chairman (Kim Scott) or deputy (John Pardoe) to submit this nomination as ELAC 3. Use the online Survey Monkey form to complete the questionnaire on the pub: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FJMTNFX 4. HQ staff will check the info, download (and pay for!) the Land Registry documents, and email all the forms back to you. 5. You then take the form to the Town Hall or email to the Council in question, being sure to obtain a receipt!   The Council has 8 weeks in which to make a decision. You will be notified when your pub is added to the register. It is a good idea to speak to the licensee / publican so the notification does not come as a shock. Most publicans see registration as a badge of honour. The pub will receive a certificate from the government, and a "This Pub Matters" pack from CAMRA.   Don't delay - List Your Local Today.    

Why Pigs Ear?

Because it’s Cockney rhyming slang for beer.