Date of next Branch Meeting: Tue 7 December 20:30
Location: West Road Tap Westcliff
Date of next Branch Meeting: Tue 2 November 20:30
Location: The Cricketers London Rd Westcliff
Date of next Branch Meeting: Tue 5 October 20:30
Location: Mile & a Third
Date of Branch Meeting: Tue 31 Aug 20:30
Location: South Benfleet Social Club
Tentative date of Branch Meeting: Tue 31 Aug
After the July Newsletter was emailed we heard from several people who would not currently be willing to attend an indoor meeting. Some would be happy with an outdoor meeting. Others said they would only visit indoor venues with social distancing to keep staff safe.
There was also concern that many venues are having to close at the last minute due to Covid cases. There might be a change (regarding staff having to isolate) on August 16, so it seems a good idea to wait until after that before having a Branch Meeting.
Update from CAMRA HQ: July 2021 Please bear in mind that CAMRA meetings are open to all and that some may still not be comfortable meeting in places with too many other people present. Please respect their views and ensure that all people present at meetings are made to feel comfortable with returning to the pub particularly if this is their first visit since lockdown ended.
Update: From August 16, those who are double jabbed, plus those aged under 18, will no longer have to isolate after coming into contact with a confirmed case, further reducing the impact on pubs and restaurants.
Update: No branch meetings or arranged gatherings such as socials can take place before complete government lifting of restrictions which in England, affecting most branches, we know will not happen any earlier than 19 July. Even when gatherings are allowed there are often restrictions of numbers of people who can attend, and most CAMRA meetings are unrestricted in terms of people who can attend, this applies to some restrictions lifting on 17 May. No events can take place and no financial commitment may be made to any event booking or other CAMRA expense until formally advised. Expenses relating to magazines are not allowed until advised to do so by the Communication and Commercial committee. CAMRA’s current roadmap is following official government guidelines in all areas but we intend to continue with meeting restrictions until unlimited numbers are allowed in groups indoors. Please do not commit to spending or spend any money on any bookings in relation to meetings. We shall be paying close attention to the announcement in the middle of June and if we can allow meetings to start after 19 July then we shall let you know. Thank you for your patience on this matter, we want you all to be safe
January 2021 STAY AT HOME: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
DECEMBER: This is the fourth memo we have sent regarding Covid. In our last memo in September, we advised that it has been decided that it is still too early to resume any face to face activities including events and meetings, at all levels, and will continue to suspend all physical meeting for events, branch meetings, socials and ale trails.
Government advice from across the UK has not changed sufficiently for us to reconsider our position on this in any country.
We should NOT be arranging Branch socials or meet ups in pubs – we will let you know when advice on this changes.
Campaigning should still be carried out online.
We must be careful not to encourage crowds to gather, or any kind of behaviour that would mean that it would be hard for a pub to keep social distancing measures in place. We will, where possible, try to educate consumers on how to use pubs safely and in a responsible way when they reopen.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
CHECK LATEST GUIDANCE
From November 5 pubs in England will be TAKEAWAY (or delivery) ONLY.
For England, the guidance from Sept 14 is:
Compulsory for pubs and restaurants to take customers’ details for the test and trace programme.
Social gatherings of more than 6 people are against the law
Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday September 14 - with some exemptions - amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases.
The law change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors.
It will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
The new rules - which come into force on 14 September - mark a change to England's guidance.
It is with regret that, in view of the current restrictions posed by the coronavirus situation, the Awards Committee has confirmed that the regional, super-regional and final rounds of this year’s Pub of the Year and Club of the Year competitions are to be cancelled. The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone is of paramount importance.
National Pub of the Year 2021
Unfortunately there is still a lot of uncertainty about what restrictions are going to be in place in the near future and how long they are going to be in place for. This has made it very difficult to be able to decide on a realistic timescale for next year’s competition at this stage so we have taken the decision to delay the announcement of next year’s deadlines.
We will continue to monitor the situation nationally and will review this again early in January.
Update: 21 August 2020 Please note that during these uncertain times, the Regional Directors’ are unable to authorise any expenditure. We are also requesting the branches do not make any financial commitments for any event at present.
Update August 29 2020:
For the last few months, publicans and their staff have been struggling to comply with the current government Covid-19 restrictions which is having an effect on their business and livelihood.
With a fair number of our national pubs only recently opening and still under more threat than they were before, we feel that it is not the time or the social environment to hold a Festival.
With this in mind, plus the fact that the 2020 venue has confirmed it will remain closed indefinitely, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 South East Essex CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival.
We would, however, encourage all our branch members and visitors to visit and support our local pubs (and clubs, tap rooms, breweries, etc) rather than attend our festival. They need your help now more than ever. Thank you, and see you in November 2021
The National Executive have instructed that all events be cancelled until November.
This period of suspension will be extended in a rolling fashion every two weeks until further notice.
"There is no legal requirement to have a Branch AGM within 15 months. (It is an Internal CAMRA requirement. All internal meetings have been cancelled)
The Branch can hold its AGM when the lockdown is over. In the meantime the Branch needs to submit the end of year accounts as normal."
CAMRA Branch activities:
For the time being you should NOT be arranging Branch socials or meet ups in pubs – we will let you know when advice on this changes. Campaigning should still be carried out outline. We must be careful not to encourage crowds to gather, or any kind of behaviour that would mean that it would be hard for a pub to keep social distancing measures in place. We will, where possible, try to educate consumers on how to use pubs safely and in a responsible way when they reopen.
Pub quiz: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/24/football-quiz-pubs-near-clubs-name-the-stadium-from-the-pre-match-venue
Farewell Jeff and Jerry
As we could not attend Jeff Channon's funeral, instead we raised a glass to him at that time. We hope he would smile at us drinking at 10 in the morning.
RIP Jeff - we miss you.
Farewell to Jerry Gibson too.
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