Club News [October 2019]

[extract from minutes of Wigan CAMRA Branch meeting on 16th October 2019]

Since taking on the role as Clubs Officer, I have visited Hindley Masonic Club to give general advice on the proposals to refurbish the bar, which is now underway. We also discussed the criteria for COTY award, the supply of Swiggin in Wigan, the Wigan Ale map, which has been supplied by Jo along with a dispenser. The supply of CAMRA membership forms has now been arranged. The grand reopening of the bar took place on 31st August 2019 and was very well attended. I have taken some photographs of the old bar and the new bar; the difference is amazing. This could possibly be a before and after article for Swiggin in Wiggin.

Following my visit to Newtown Working Mens Club when I have disused the potential benefits of serving real ale and the support CAMRA could provide the club. I am still waiting to hear from club committee to establish if the proposal to sell real ale can be moved forward.

I recently visited Standish Unity Club following reports of outstanding beer both by word of mouth and social media. I congratulated Bar Manager Phil on the hard work he puts into keeping a good cellar and the excellent choice of real ale available. A request has also been made for the Unity Club to open earlier at weekends to make it easier for CAMRA members from further afield to visit, as well as being to the benefit of the locals.

On the recommendation of Barry Seale, I intend to visit St James Social Club in Orrell with a view to building a mutually beneficial relationship and Bryn Masonic Hall who have an open bar.

Upholland Village Club is reported to be selling cask ales at the weekend. This is a community owned club.