Kernow CAMRA'S 40th Anniversary AGM

Friday 24 March 2017

On the 18th March 2017 Skinner’s brewery hosted Kernow CAMRA's AGM in its 40th year. Kernow CAMRA was formed on the 18th March in 1977 at the Bell Inn, St Columb Major. Three of the founding members who attended that original meeting Richard Cunningham, Gerry Bazin and Brian Phillips attended this year's AGM, precisely 40 years later.

Kernow CAMRA founding members cutting the 40th Anniversary cake .Brian Phillips, Richard Cunningham and Gerry Bazin.

Kernow CAMRA founding members cutting the 40th Anniversary cake .Brian Phillips, Richard Cunningham and Gerry Bazin.

The AGM was again this year very well attended with members who travelled from all over the country to meet in Truro. The committee reports were read, committee members were elected, discussions were had and all the time helped along with some great beers such as the Skinner’s Stout, Penny Come Quick.

Ray Dwan, deputy regional director kindly attended our AGM to help out with all the official votes and we were very grateful to him for travelling to us to help out. James Lynch, who will be standing for a National Executive position at this year’s National AGM, to be held in Bournemouth in April, also come along to talk about CAMRA'S future.

AGM pictures Kernow CAMRA 40th Anniversary cake AGM images

We would like welcome the new members to the committee and wish them success in their new positions. Those new committee members being Vince Curtis who steps in as Deputy Chairman, Ann Burnett and Roger Webster who jointly step in to take the role of Social Secretary and to Dave Ward who steps into the role of Festival Chairman. We also take this opportunity to thank Doug Polman for all of his support as a member of the branch committee over the past years. As this is our 40th year we have lots of events and outings planned. These will include pub of the year presentations, brewery and pub tours. Some of the trip include a trip to Bude Brewery, Tintagel Brewery and a Vintage bus pub tour of pubs the A30 by-passed. A massive thank you to Rosemary Barber who made a fantastic birthday cake and decorated it with our 40th logo in Cornish colours and Cornish tartan ribbon. It was very nice too.

We were unable to announce this year's winner, runner up Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year, as the final reports had only just been received. But hot off the press….the Pub of the Year 2017 is The Ale House, Truro. A great town centre traditional pub with lots of real ales and ciders, also a limitless supply of free monkey nuts. A very close runner-up is the ‘front, Falmouth. A fantastic waterfront pub with great views across Falmouth harbour, they also allow you to take your own food in. The Cider Pub of the Year is The Stables, Newquay boasting a range of over 60 ciders and fantastic views over Fistral beach. Congratulations to all three well deserving winners.

The Bodmin Boys, Mark and Dave

Lots of superb beer was consumed at the AGM and we were all very grateful for the tasty pasties that Skinners Brewery gave the members. On behalf of Kernow CAMRA, I would like to thank Skinners Brewery for hosting the meeting the great beers and pasties. And of course our very own Bodmin boys, Mark and Dave for manning the bar throughout the meeting and of course all members who took the time to attend the AGM.

Sonia Bunce - Press Officer