Club News [January 2020]

[extract from minutes of Wigan CAMRA Branch AGM on 14th January 2020]

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 the COTY award. Swiggin in Wigan and the Wigan Ale map have been supplied, along with dispensers for each. 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. Hindley Masonic Hall have also been awarded LocAle accreditation.

Following my visit to Newtown Working Man’s Club when I discussed 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.

Following meetings with the Standish Unity Club committee, CAMRA and club members it was agreed to open earlier on Fridays and Saturdays. Early opening commenced on 15th November with their new opening hours: 17:30 on Friday and Saturday (formally 19:00). A review of the new opening hours has been carried out, and has confirmed that customer and membership numbers have increased, meaning that the new opening hours are financially viable. Equally importantly, members have given very positive feedback, so overall a win–win outcome. A further formal review will be carried out towards the end of February with the support of CAMRA Wigan branch.

St James Club, Orrell, will be taken over on 7th January by Ken Morley. I have been in contact with Ken towards the end of 2019 and have arranged to visit the club once he is in place. Ken plans to make some changes at the club, including bringing in more real ale.