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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.  Visit them March 9 – 12 Waltham Forest Sports and Social Club Beer Festival Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Road E17 4JF FEBRUARY Fri 12 Branch Social 8pm at Leyton Orient Supporters Club Oliver Rd, E10 5NF. Tonight the club have a tap take over by Signature brewery. A list of beers availabe will be included shortly. Tue 23 (8pm) Joint Social Pub Games Night - Mildmay Club Newington Green, N16 9PR. Fri 26 Presentation night 8pm Chesham Arms 5 Mehetabel Rd E9 6DU winner of the East London and Outright Winner of the 2016 Pub of  the Year. Presentation at 9pm. Sun 28 Pigs Ear Festival Wash up meeting 2pm Rose & Crown Hoe St, E17 4SA MARCH      Thu 3 EC1 Pub Crawl, 6:30pm Wilmington Arms Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4RL 7:30pm Exmouth Arms Exmouth Mkt, EC1R 4QL 8:30pm Craft Beer Co Leather Lane, EC1N 7TR 9:30pm Olde Mitre Ely Court, EC1N 6SJ. Tue 8  Branch Meeting 8pm Red Lion High Rd Leytonstone, E11 3AA.  Sat 19 Presentation night 8pm Old Fountain 3 Baldwin St, London  EC1V 9NU winer of the City Pub of the Year. Presentation at 9pm. Thu 24 Leyton Orient Supporters Club 8pm Franklins Brewery Night, E10 5NF. MAY 10th May AGM will be at the Eleanor Arms 460 Old Ford Rd E3 5JP at 8pm. 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.