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SNIB Pub of the Year 2018

SNIB PotY Presentation
SNIB Director Sarah Crawford makes the presentation to Nigel Finlay

Staggs in Musselburgh has been officially crowned SNIB Pub of the Year 2018 at a presentation on Saturday, 3rd November.

The award was handed over by SNIB Director, Sarah Crawford.

A delighted Nigel Finlay was taken aback when he discovered that he made the last four in the national competition.

Congratulations to all at Staggs!

Charity Benefits from Ayrshire Real Ale Festival

Our annual real ale festival was a resounding success.  Our new beer card token system was much appreciated by the majority of our customers.  £2,000 was raised for our festival charity, Breast Cancer Care.  Many thanks to all those who contributed so generously to this total.
Our thanks also go to all our sponsors, customers old and new and the staff at Troon Concert Hall .  We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Breast Cancer Care Cheque
Festival Organiser Douglas Graham along with fellow committee members.

Further Recognition for Stuart

Stuart's award along with some examples of his hard work

Our Full Pints editor, Stuart McMahon, has been recognised with a national award.  At the recent Glasgow Real Ale Festival, Stuart was named as Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches Volunteer of the Year.  For members who may not be aware, not only does Stuart edit our branch magazine, he also designs the branch posters that you’ll see in your local real ale outlet.  

In addition, Stuart has made a major contribution to this year’s Scottish Real Festival preparations, designing all the printed publicity, the token card, cask end labels and not forgetting acting as editor of the festival programme itself.

Congratulations Stuart!

Tied Pubs and Adjudicator

CAMRA has long campaigned for greater fairness in the pub trade.  MSP Neil Bibby has proposed a Bill which would offer greater protection to licensees, particularly those tied to a pubco.  A number of MSPs have already signed up to support Neil Bibby’s Bill on Tied Pubs and Adjudicator are listed be here.

If your Constituency or Regional MSP is not on this list please lobby them to support the Bill to help gain a success for this important CAMRA campaign. Hopefully, we can end lack of choice for the consumer in pubs owned by PubCos and help small brewers get their produce to market by expanding guest ale choice.

To identify MSPs associated with your post code, follow this link.

Neil Bibby MSP
Neil Bibby MSP

Evelyn Carden

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden and untimely death of Evelyn Carden, licensee of Geordie’s Byre in Ayr.  Evelyn, in partnership with husband Eddie, had run the pub since 1976 and in that time they accumulated many CAMRA awards, including Scotland and Northern Ireland Pub of the Year in 1996.  Geordie’s Byre has appeared in 28 consecutive editions of the Good Beer Guide. 

We offer our sincere condolences to the Carden family.

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