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Social Diary Branch telephone 07757 772564, Email. DECEMBER Tue 13 8pm Good Beer Guide selection Meeting at The Eleanor Arms 460 Old Ford Rd, E3 5JP Fri 23 8pm Social at The Mighty Oak Christmas Night Leyton Orient Supporters Club Oliver Road E10 Full range of Mighty Oak Xmas ales plus free mince pies. Doors open at 5pm   CAMPAIGN ISSUES ALBION, Lauriston Road If any members know anything at all about the Albion, closed for over a year following rumours that the previous publican died suddenly, please let us know. We are aware of pub operators who are interest in taking this premises on but nobody seems to know how to contact the lawful owner. The pub is currently occupied by live-in property guardians. The branch is considering a nomination for Asset of Community Value status with Hackney Council. We would like to know more about the background and circumstances of this historic pub, apparently damaged by a World War I zeppelin! Please let us know if you have any information about its history or current predicament. ACORN, Queensbridge Road / Whiston Road  The Acorn, a former Truman's pub which in latter years has offered keg beer only, is under threat of development. Hackney Council has received a proposal to demolish the pub and replace with 9 flats and a new two level pub. Other than some original wrought iron work decorations on the exterior, denoting "The Acorn" and "Saloon Bar", there would appear to be little in the way of heritage value. This is a tricky one for us, as whilst we are opposed to pub losses, the scheme includes a remodelled and apparently larger pub, which, if the Council can secure by planning condition, would ensure the subsistence of a drinking establishment on this historic site. If any members drink regularly in the Acorn, or have any memories of it perhaps in its heyday, James Watson, our Pubs Protection Advisor, would like to hear from you. Please get in touch -savethepub@pigsear.org.uk   TIGER, Wick Road   The Enterprise Inns pub has been lying empty for several months now. It is a locally listed building in Hackney and a former Whitbread's house. We are delighted to announce that a new operator is currently refurbing the premises with a view to reopening in July or August 2016. The new tenant is Ginger Jones, who already run the Duke in E17, the Morpeth Arms in E3, the Lion in N16 and the Black Horse in SE8. They have suggested there will be 8-10 free of tie draft beer lines, dispensing a mixture of cask and keg beers. 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.