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2009 Events

2009 saw plenty of well-attended events culminating with the Christmas Party.

Christmas Party, Malt Shovel Ashby

Members enjoyed a festive evening involving a Christmas quiz, raffle, exchanging homebrew topped off with the pub's Saturday live music slot.


Not to mention the Christmas caption competition: 'Just what had Chris suggested to Deb?' Any ideas?


Many thanks to the Malt Shovel for hosting the party and providing an excellent range of beers and buffet.

Meet the Brewer, Blue Bell, Scunthorpe

The branch were pleased to support this event arranged by the Blue Bell and to meet Iain Kenny, Brewer at Kelham Island Brewery, Sheffield.

Iain brought along some materials to explain the brewing process and was very helpful in answering a variety of members' questions ranging from home brew to qualifications in brewing to hop-growing.

The Blue Bell had a selection of 3 Kelham Island beers on tap which went down very well and we plan to contact Iain and organise a trip to the brewery in the new year.


Wakefield Beer Festival & Pub Crawl

Several members of the branch (some arriving slightly later than others!) enjoyed an excellent Saturday out in Wakefield. Starting with the beer festival in the less than salubrious Lightwaves Leisure Centre with its notable food selection there were, nether-the-less some good quality beers to beers to be had.


The festival was starting to run out, however, after proving extremely popular on Friday night and, after our chairman yet again managed to bypass a certain red building, we moved on to some of the town centre pubs.

Fernandes Brewey Tap was as good as ever and we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to its addition of a European Beer Keller then finished off with a new pub,'The Hop'.

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Autumn Pub of the Season, The Haven Inn

This award was presented to the Haven Inn, Barrow Haven on saturday 24th October


For further information see the Pub of the Season page

Gainsborough Beer Festival

Several members supported the 1st Gainsborough Beer and Folk festival held in mid October

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Joint CAMRA & River Don Beer Festival

The branch undertook a joint weekend beer festival with the River Don tavern at Eastoft. There were a selection of beers from Yorkshire breweries both inside the pub and on the CAMRA bar out back.

A variety of entertainment took place over the weekend including Irish and Rock bands and the weather was very kind for the occasion.

Several members of the branch volunteered to staff the event or made the trip to Eastoft to show their support although the jury is still out with regard to the new branch mascot.

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Summer Pub of the Season Presentation
The Berkeley Hotel, Scunthorpe

Our Pub of the Season was recently presented to Shane & Theresa Hodkin at the Berkeley Hotel, Scunthorpe although our member concerned didn't seem particularly keen to hand it over!


See the Pub of the Season page for further information.

Barton Line Rail Ale Trip

On a pleasant Saturday in August several members and friends set out to take in a tour of some of the pubs available on the Barton-Cleethorpes Line courtesy of 'Rail Ale' compiled by the Friends of the Barton Line. Members from Scunthorpe, Barton and Grimsby met up at Cleeethorpes station with an excellent turnout of 17 taking in the No2 Refreshment Rooms, Willy's Bar and the Nottingham before moving on to the Yarborough Hotel in Grimsby.

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The group then travelled to more rural areas assessing the beer at the Haven Inn at Barrow Haven before making the fnal leg of the journey to Barton and the Sloop Inn and finally the Wheatsheaf.

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A very good day out was had with a large selection of beers ranging from Landlord, Tom Woods, Ruddles & Harvest Pale amongst others to Willy's brews bottled Belgian beers and the occasional cider.

Sunfest, The Rising sun, Sheffield

This year saw the third annual Sunfest Beer Festival at the Rising Sun, the Abbeydale Brewery Tap, our third much-enjoyed visit as a branch not to mention a long-awaited return of the 'Moonshine Boys!


The Rising sun is already well-endowed with beers with 6 Abbeydale beers always available plus 6 rotating guest ales. Sunfest added more than 50 guest ales to this tally, many from local breweries plus a selection from small breweries around the country.

A splendid afternoon was enjoyed by all, especially, judging by from the photos, by our chairman.

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Trent Bank Pub Bike Crawl

A group of would-be cyclists, joined by some far more professional friends from Grimsby CAMRA took a tour from The Bird in the Barley, Messingham to several Trent Bank pubs and back such as the Jenny Wren at Susworth stopping for lunch and a photo.



Sheffield Pub Crawl

An splendid Saturday in June was spent touring some of the many excellent Sheffield city pubs such as the Fat Cat, the Kelham Island Brewery Tap, pictured below.


Rail & Ale

Barrow Hill Roundhouse at Staveley near Chesterfield hosted a well-organised event complete with a free shuttle bus and a very good range of real ales, many from the surrounding area, plus cider & perry, fruit wines, and a great selection of food.

The venue was excellent meaning that, even with the heavy showers, there was plenty of shelter to be had in the roundhouse, plus outside tents not forgetting the steam train that ran trips along a short stretch of the line for the duration of the day.

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Mild in May

The branch supported CAMRA's 'Mild in May' campaign with a social event held at the Malt shovel, Ashby. 3 draft milds had been put on for the occasion with the landlord captured pulling one of these.


Doncaster Beerex

Doncaster CAMRA's 19th Beer Festival, held in the excellent venue of 'the Hub'at New Doncaster College, was a very enjoyable event.

There was a good choice of cask ales, and, when these started to run out, we took full advantage of the excellent selection bottled continental beers and lagers on offer (although our chairman failed to convince any of us on the merits of the smoked beer!)

Should you be in any doubt as to how to enjoy a beer festival some of our members kindly provided this step-by-step guide:

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Spring Pub of the Season - The Bird in the Barley, Messingham


Winter and Spring Beer Festivals

The new year saw an abundance of beer festivals within easy reach of our area with branch members and friends attending Derby, The National Winter ales Festival, Manchester and Oakwood Festival, Rotherham.

Derby Beer Festival 10th January

On a bitterly cold Saturday in January several of the Scunthorpe branch members set out via train to the Derby "Not the Twelfth Night" Winter Ales beer festival held in the Assembly Rooms.

Instead if the usual "all beers displayed" setup , they had a limited number of ales for consumption at any one time, only replacing a beer when one had run out. All beers were numbered 1-30 and you asked for the beer number enabling the staff to find your beer very quickly! It also ensured there was plenty of choice at all parts of the day.

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National Winter Ales Festival 2009

On Saturday 24th January we took a trip to Manchester arriving lunchtime met by long queue. The layout had changed slightly from previous years, and although the festival was busy it did seem to make for more space and ease of movement getting around and to the bars.

We sampled a splendid range or beers with the winter stouts and porters proving very popular with some of our members. Beers were obviously selling out fast by the time we left around 6.00 with the organiser issuing an apology after the event as almost 9000 had attended compared with 7000 the year before.

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Oakwood Festival Rotherham

February saw us visit Rotherham Oakwood Real Ale and Music Festival on 19th February. The festival is very popular and we were delighted to have enough interest from members for a Thursday evening to hire a minibus and experience the festival and its vast range of beers on an evening reserved for CAMRA member and guest tickets only with its full range of beers before the very busy sessions at the weekend.

The festival, held in a secondary school has a very interesting layout making use of the school hall and canteens, a marquee on the yard and several classroom divided up according to area. After going our separate ways for most of a very enjoyable evening we miraculously managed to meet up in the Lincolnshire bar at the end of the evening.

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Pub of the Season Presentation - The Wheatsheaf,

There was a very good turnout from CAMRA members and regulars for the Pub of the Season presentation on Saturday 7th February with photographers from the Scunthorpe Telegraph and Scoff Publishing ensuring plenty of attention both inside and out.


Photograph copyright of Scoff Publishing.

A further article about the Wheatsheaf can be found at Scoff Publishing

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