Lester Peart RIP

Lester Peart, one of the original founders of the branch and a former branch chairman, has died aged 88.

Lester had a fascinating life, and lived it to the full. His energy had motivated many of the local branch activities, including the Ardingly Steam Festival beer tent and, later, Yapton Beerex. He was a keen local pub historian and a well known local champion of CAMRA, becoming in many eyes the personification of CAMRA.

He will be greatly missed.

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Chris Wright RIP

We were all saddened to lose our good friend Chris Wright just before Christmas 2020. First and foremost, Chris was a very proud and loving family man, in particular to his wife Jenny, 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. A man who lived life to the full, he was a faithful friend; he was also an explorer, scientist, and sportsman, with a thirst for knowledge.

He was a very active member of our CAMRA branch, which included assisting at numerous Yapton Beerexes, and being a BLO. His company was enjoyed on the many social trips and beer festivals that we went on. He had many friends in the branch and fully shared our love of good quality real ales.

He was interested in the technical side of brewing, and was the first from our branch to attend a CAMRA course on learning about the cooling equipment. Along with Pete Brown, he planned and fully implemented the first beer cooling system at Yapton in 2017. One of his other achievements was to build a tiny, operational, full mash brewery in an outbuilding in his garden. He helped in several IT tasks for us.

Although in recent times we knew Chris had some discomfort, he was always the same cheerful, happy, friendly, lovely man. Our Social Secretary has suggested that our first beer trip in 2021 should be named “The Chris Wright (In the Afternoon) Memorial t-RIP”, which I think Chris would appreciate. Personally, every time I go down the Inglenook, I will raise a glass to him. Lovely Jubbly! as Chris would say.

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Yapton Beerex 2021 — CANCELLED

Unfortunately, we’ve decided not to go ahead with Yapton Beerex 2021. Preparations would already have to be underway, which would be a gamble as we still don’t know if things will be anything like back to normal come May (though most of us suspect they will not!)

Stay safe, and we will see you in 2022. Provisional dates are Friday, May 13 (I know!) to Sunday, May 15.

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Sussex Drinker, Winter 2020

The Winter 2020 edition of the Sussex Drinker is now out, and you can download it here.

Sussex Drinker, Winter 2020

As before, this is an online-only edition.

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Sussex Drinker, Autumn 2020

The Autumn 2020 edition of the Sussex Drinker is now out, and you can download it here. This is an online-only edition; you will not be able to find a print copy in pubs.

Sussex Drinker, Autumn 2020

This is a special edition that provides details of many Sussex pubs that have reopened, and of Sussex breweries that have recommenced brewing.

We estimate that over 74% of all Sussex pubs have reopened, but many with restrictions; this edition will show how to find details of the restrictions.

(There was no Summer 2020 edition of the Sussex Drinker.)

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Yapton Beerex 2020 — CANCELLED

Due to the coronavirus situation, all CAMRA beer festivals, including Yapton Beerex 2020, are cancelled until at least the end of June.

If you have already bought tickets, please hold on to them. We’ll be publishing information on refunds or validity at future Yapton Beerexes once we’ve worked out the best way to handle this.

UPDATE — April 4:

All cheques received in the post should have been returned by now. Those who sent cash should receive their refunds shortly.

If you bought your tickets from a pub, hang tight — we need to wait for the pubs to reopen before we can sort out refunds for these tickets. We’ll update further once we have a solution in place.

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Wilkes Head Beer Festival

Jun 19, 2020

Hopefully everything will be back to normal by then, and the event can go ahead, but…

The dates for the next Wilkes Head Beer Festival are June 19–21.

More information nearer the time.

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All branch meetings cancelled until further notice

As you may have noticed, meetings for the rest of March have been cancelled. We’re not sure when they’ll resume at present, but it seems likely that the April diary will be off as well.

Once we’re able to go to the pub again, the new diary will appear here.

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CANCELLED: Social: White Hart, South Harting / Three Horseshoes, Elsted

Mar 31, 2020
21:0023:00

This meeting has been CANCELLED due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Social, starting at the White Hart, South Harting, at 9:00. Then on to the Three Horseshoes, Elsted.

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CANCELLED: Social: Hole in the Wall + Chichester Inn, Chichester

Mar 24, 2020
21:0023:00

This meeting has been CANCELLED due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Social, starting at the Hole in the Wall, Chichester, at 9:00. Then on to the Chichester Inn.

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