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Social Diary Branch telephone 07757 772564, Email. JUNE 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. Tue 21st 7.30pm Pigs Ear Beer Festival Planning Meeting White Hart 1 Mile End Road E1 4TP Tue 28th 8pm Community Pub of the Year Presentation The Eleanor Arms 460 Old Ford Rd, E3 5JP. Presentation at 9pm. Thu 30th 8pm Cider Pub of the Year Presentation Rose and Crown 53 Hoe St E17 4SA. Presentation at 9pm JULY Sat 2nd 11.30am Epping Ramble and Pub Crawl (Out of Area) Meet at Epping station. 12.00 Theydon Oak, 9 Coopersale St, Epping, Essex CM16 7QJ. Walk through the countryside along bridleways and footpaths.1.45 Mole Trap, Tawney Common, Epping CM16 7PU. Walk through countryside along bridleways. 3.30 Kings Head, High Rd, North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16 6BU Walk through countryside and woods. 5.15 The Garnon Bushes, 13 Coopersale Common, Coopersale, Epping, Essex CM16 7QS. Walk across Coopersale Common back to Epping station. Thu 7th 8.30pm Great British Beer Festival Publicity Crawl at Mirth, Marvel and Maud Beer Festival (formally the cinema) 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Tue 12th 8pm Branch Meeting and Great British Beer Festival Publicity Drive The Dispensary 19A Leman Street, Whitechapel E1 8EN Mon 18th 7.30pm Pigs Ear Beer Festival Planning Meeting Rose and Crown 53 Hoe St E17 4SA  Please note the date of this meeting is not 19th July as previously advertised. The date published in London Drinker will be wrong. Thu 28th 8.30pm Great British Beer Festival Publicity Crawl at Hoop & Grapes, 80 Farringdon St, EC4A 4BL 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. Please see EOR's website www.eorailway.co.uk for more information. CAMPAIGN ISSUES The Good Samaritan 87 Turner Street Whitechapel E1 2AE Needs our Help! . The Good Samaritan has been a landmark in the East End for nearly 100 years. By visiting the pub, some of the staff and medical students see it as a rite of passage. The pub is the social heart of the local hospital community. It also serves as a place of comfort and refuge for those who have received some bad news who need time to reflect. The Pub has "visiting regulars" those people that visit every day for months on end, while their loved ones are being cared for by the dedicated, hardworking hospital staff. Sadly this has become a common occurance in the East End; it's surely got to a point where a public house is valid and important, and must be saved. The hospital staff that have been made aware of the threat are devastated by the news and have offered their full support to save the Good Samaritan. A vast area nearby will be demolished, housing will be built, the main beneficiaries will be the developers and, no doubt, it's new inhabitants (near to the City). The Good Samaritan itself retains a vital role in the community, for the community and for The Royal London Hospital. Please help to ensure that this hostelry is not demolished to provide extra building land. Email your thoughts to: dr.developmentcontrol@towerhamlets.gov.uk Application Number: PA/16/00988 lPRN: 6012988. Please follow This Link to sign the petition. There is a campaign underway to Save The Queens Head Limehouse, which was declared as an Asset of Community Value this spring. Supporters have until the end of August to buy the pub from its current owners and prevent it falling into the hands of developers. Pledges can be made here.  Visit Queens Head for the pub history and some old photographs of the area.

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.