Dudley & South Staffs Branch have had another successful year. The relaunch of Ales and Tales, our joint magazine with Stourbridge & Halesowen Branch, was named the most improved publication in the West Midlands region and our web site was named as the best in the region. Considering the region includes Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcester as well as the actual West Midlands it’s pretty good going.
There was also a successful Beer Festival and our Club of the Year, The Constitutional Club at Kinver has reached the final of the club of the year and pubs in our region are regularly surveyed and updated on WhatPub. Success has also been achieved in helping to keep several local pubs as pubs rather than becoming supermarkets etc.
However, and it really is a big HOWEVER, many of our committee members have worked tirelessly in a variety of roles for many years and for many of us the time has come to take a backseat and let younger members take on the mantle of running the branch.
This in effect means that with vacancies for the roles of Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary, Membership Secretary, just for starters there is a distinct possibility that without the support of members to address these vacancies the branch could actually fold as there are certain roles that are mandatory in keeping a branch viable.
I would hate to see Dudley & South Staffs CAMRA disintegrate but with health problems I am unable to guarantee that I could fully undertake any role, so as the acting chair can I ask you to look closely at what you could offer your branch.
Could you, would you, be able to fulfil one of these or a similar role to ensure that Dudley & South Staffs Branch remains a viable and active branch which campaigns on behalf of Real Ale and Cider.
Help would be available from CAMRA, Regional Officers other local branches and some of the retirees!
Visit the branch meetings, look on the website, meet retiring officers to get an idea of the scope of the role you are interested in, but please don’t do nothing!
Your branch needs you!
Thanks for reading this, hope to see you soon
Pam, Acting Chair
Mon 4th April
Dudley & South Staffordshire CAMRA AGM
Court House, 30, New Street, Dudley DY1 1LP
There are a lot of SITUATIONS VACANT
Volunteer for a Branch Officer Position.... find out more...
Branch Pub of the Year 2016 Judging
Branch members are invited to judge the Branch Pub of the Year
Download a score sheet here....
Read the gudelines.
Visit ALL the shortlisted pubs.
Present your scores on Mon 29th, at the Branch Meeting - Court House, 30 New Street, Dudley DY1 1LP - 8pm
(Bring your CAMRA membership card)
Branch Social - 8pm
Court House, 30 New Street, Dudley DY1 1LP
Weds 17th-Sat 20th
National Winter Ales Festival
The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE
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