CAMRA held its first AGM and Members’ Weekend for two years in Eastbourne over the weekend of 8 to 10 April. It was good to be back and to meet up with so many old friends. I won’t go into the various items of CAMRA internal business that were discussed but there was some lively debate and both national chairman Nik Antona and chief executive Tom Stainer made excellent speeches. St Albans MP Daisy Cooper also spoke well. Even if we have lost members through the pandemic, please be assured that the Campaign is still very much alive and active.
I have not long returned from a holiday that took me to various parts of Great Britain and I have a gripe. In these difficult times, we drinkers very much want to support pubs, both near and far. It would help however if pub operators could help us in this by making it clear when your premises are open. Several times my friends and I came across pubs which, according to their websites, should have been open but were not. Nor were the opening times visible outside the pub. Please could all pubs show customers the basic courtesy of clearly displaying their opening times on the outside of the pub and similarly, if you have a website, please make sure that the times listed are correct. It is better not to have a website than to have one that gives wrong information.