NEWS - 2009
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New report highlights vital social role of
13th May 2009
MPs will today be presented with a new report which highlights
the importance of pubs to society and calls for urgent action to
avert the closure of 40 pubs a week. The report was produced by
leading think tank, IPPR, Institute for Public Policy Research,
with the support of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
The IPPR report includes a pioneering new method of calculating
the social and economic benefit generated by well-run community
pubs and finds that pubs are:
- The most popular place where people can mix socially with others
from different backgrounds.
- A great supporter of charity, with over £3,000 raised
per pub every year.
- Outside of the home the most popular place for people to meet
- A place for people to make new friends- more than one in five
pub goers has made a new friend in a pub in the past six months.
Rick Muir, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR said:
"Government must stop using a one-size-fits-all approach to
licensed premises which is killing off our community pubs. Well-run
community pubs should be encouraged and supported rather than penalised
along with the small number of badly run pubs. Community pubs are
not just places to drink but also places where people meet their
neighbours; make new friends; and where local clubs hold meetings
Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive
"At a time of unprecedented pub closures, this report will
help Local Councils and National Government recognise the importance
of well-run pubs to strong communities and thriving local economies.
Well-run community pubs not only provide a safe and relaxed environment
for people to enjoy a drink but they also form the bedrock of community
life and people's social networks. Virtual networking sites such
as Facebook and My Space will never be able to replace the experience
of socialising in person in the Great British Pub."
Source: National CAMRA
Hook Norton sweep up at IBC 2009
12th November 2009
Hook Norton beers have been judged as among the best in the world
in the International Beer Challenge (IBC) 2009 - the world's premier
competition for bottled beers. The judges awarded the accolade of
a Gold medal to Double Stout, Twelve Days, Haymaker and Old Hooky
- more than any other brewer in the world. Two more Hook Norton
beers picked up bronze awards - Hooky Bitter and Hooky Gold - and
all six beers won medals for the quality of their bottle design
Hook Norton's Old Hooky was listed at number one and Double Stout
came in at number eight in the Independent newspaper's list of the
top 50 beers in the world.
Source: Hook Norton Brewery
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