OTLEY PUB CLUB
JULY NEWSLETTER 2017
Apologies for the lack of a proper newsletter in July – this one is really the invitation to the August meeting! I was a bit overloaded with the Yorkshire celebrities survey, the examination and compilation of the results, the selection of a winner and the awarding of the prize. Then of course there was the organisation of the great night itself – the draw of celebrity names against each of the pubs, which you can read all about below.
YORKSHIRE CELEBRITIES PUB DRAW – LIVE ON TV!!
(Well – almost!) As you know from my separate email, the draw will take place upstairs in the Black Horse Hotel in Otley at 7pm on Tuesday, August the 1st [Yorkshire Day]. What I didn’t know at the time was that the Leeds TV channel Made in Leeds would want to film their Tuesday night edition of The Lowdown live from The Black Horse with us from 6:30 to 7. It’s a shame that they won’t be filming the actual draw, which will start after they’ve gone, but they told me they WILL be wanting to interview people live on TV. So if you fancy telling them which celebrity you want to see in your favourite pub next year, come along as soon after 6:30 as you can. The more people we can get there, the better it will look on TV, and the more people will remember Otley because of it! And don’t forget to record the programme, so you can see yourself on TV when you get back home!
The details of the draw itself are now on our website, and this is the full list of 21 names that we’ll be drawing out –
THE BROWNLEE BROTHERS
SIR GARY VERITY
DAME JUDI DENCH
QUEUING IN PUBS
Here’s an interesting little blog post about the introduction of a roped-off queuing system in a pub! What do you think? It’s certainly nothing new – I remember having to queue in a similar way in Salford University bar, way back in last century! For some reason Wetherspoons customers seem to have also adopted the system themselves [without ropes] up and down the country. It can be really annoying when all you want is a QUICK drink, and the 23 people in front of you haven’t even looked at the menu before they get to the bar, even though they want 7 x 3-course meals.
HOUSING ESTATE ‘LOCALS’
“Never drink in a flat-roofed pub – how the old joke became a reality.” This story from The Guardian might be about a city on the other side of the Pennines, but any older drinkers who have experienced life in a big city will find it familiar. The rapid closure of Manchester’s postwar estate pubs – once seen as a vital part of the community – is leaving many neighbourhoods without a social anchor.
COMMUNITY GROUPS CALL TIME ON THE DEMISE OF THE BRITISH PUB
But it seems that while pubcos and property developers care next to nothing about British pubs – from flat-roofed to thatched – the communities they serve do still care. For every other story about a traditional pub being bulldozed nowadays, it seems there is one about a local community group saying ‘enough is enough’. Another Guardian article explains how a revolution in pub ownership is gathering pace as more and more groups club together to buy and run their local, slowing the alarming pace of closures.
AND THAT’S JUST ABOUT IT . . .
Except once again to thank our sponsor for the draw event:
DORIS DENT ESTATES –“Keeping the character in Otley”
Doris Dent Estates is a new, independent Estate agency in Orchard Gate, Otley.
Doris Dent Estates offers a local and personal service which includes, 0.5% commission fees and a discount commission rate for pensioners.
The service offers a unique approach, as we are available for free property valuations and accompanied viewings during traditional hours and including unsocial hours, weekends and bank holidays. Your personal agent will be available during these times to answer your calls and be available to deal with any viewings and queries etc, during these times
And also of course to thank The Black Horse Hotel for letting us use their upstairs function room for the event, which is very much appreciated.
Sorry again that there’s no more this month – but don’t forget our August meeting. It’s up the Chevin at The Royalty, which is always good fun – especially coming back down the White House Steps in the dark!
STUFF HAPPENING IN PUBS!
Well, yes, there still is – but I haven’t had time to investigate it all and record it here for your delight this month I’m afraid. Still, check out this lot if you’re at a loose end – and if you only go to one pub this month, make it The Black Horse for our event on Yorkshire Day!! [With appropriate apologies to every other pub in Otley – I promise to promote ALL of you again after this month!]
PUB FACEBOOK LINKS . . .
As these pages are the responsibility of the individual pubs, I can’t guarantee they’ll be up-to-date, I’m afraid – but where they are, the information is likely to be much more current and comprehensive than my monthly newsletter! It’s worthwhile checking with the one you fancy going to, just to make sure nothing’s changed.
AND IF YOU’D RATHER FOLLOW PUBS ON TWITTER’ . . .
As with Facebook, some of these might not be up to date, but if you follow them you’re likely to get timely updates on what’s going on between our newsletters.
I think there’s only two pub accounts in town so far, [as well as ours at otley_pub_club]
The committee meeting will be this Thursday, August 3rd at 7:15pm, in The Royalty on Yorkgate at the top of Otley Chevin. Because it’s a fair walk out of town we won’t be having our usual mini pub crawl, and we’ll be staying at The Royalty all evening instead. Hope to see some of you there.
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Finally, my usual apologies for errors and/or omissions this month. If you are receiving these newsletters and any other correspondence from Otley Pub Club by email, but you no longer want them, just email the return address and let me know. On the other hand, if you stop receiving our newsletters in future but you still want to be a member, something’s gone wrong! Remember this email address for the future – firstname.lastname@example.org , or get in touch via the website and I’ll put you back on the mailing list right away. Thanks!