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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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