DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2016

 

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME . . .

OK, I know there are a lot of ‘Grinches’ out there, [do you remember when it was always Scrooge who hated Christmas, before American culture and the power of Hollywood took over?] but seriously – who doesn’t love Christmas . . . ?

[ . . . And now pause to imagine you’re a child in Aleppo, or a policeman at a Besiktas football match when the stadium is bombed; or a Coptic Christian getting blown up in Cairo Cathedral; or a parent watching their family starve in Yemen . . . and of course I could go on. The countries might be different every year, and the bombs might explode in different cities, but the situation never changes. Most of us here in the UK are so, so fortunate to be healthy and happy at Christmas, and have been for so many years, that we really do tend to take all of its joys for granted. But even here there are those for whom a week on Sunday will be just one more day in a long line of bleak days without sufficient food or clothing, or without a roof over their heads.]

 As individuals, we’re finding it more and more difficult to influence even major domestic Political decisions – hence (probably) the reactive votes for Corbyn, then Brexit. So to have any effect on international Politics; the global arms trade; big pharma; world banks; and multinational businesses, seems impossible. But we have to start somewhere, and in Otley as elsewhere it starts with a few caring individuals. People like Steph Lee who organised The Victorian Fayre, which brings thousands of people into town and makes money for all the charities involved. Or like Mel Metcalfe, who organises the Yorkshire Children’s Hospitals Christmas Gift Appeal every year and theimg_20161213_142649208n works round the clock to make it a success. Or Tony Grey from the Junction Inn who is collecting money to provide Christmas Hampers to those that may not be able to enjoy the kind of Christmas that you and I probably will. So maybe if we ALL followed the example of those three, maybe we could just make a difference!

And I do apologise for not being able to name ALL the caring individuals and groups who give up their time and money purely to help others – not just at Christmas, but throughout the whole year. I hope they manage to have a well-earned rest and maybe even enjoy a drink or two in an Otley pub – although I know they would all say that knowing they have helped others is easily its own reward. I also hope you’ll allow me to say this on behalf of the Otley Pub Club committee and all its members – THANK YOU ALL, AND WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR!!

 

 . . . FOR A BEER!

And nowimg_20161213_154538447 back to the Otley Pub Club Newsletter, and the mundane news of the month. Is this, as its creators claim, the world’s longest pub crawl? If you’ve been looking for a new challenge, an international team of mathematicians claim to have plotted the shortest possible route to visit 25,000 boozers across the UK. Go on – have a go! You know you want to! It’s a mere 45,495 Kilometres from beginning to end.

 

 If your internet speed is anything like as slow as mine has been from ‘cyber Monday’ onwards, you probably won’t be able to open this interactive map, to find which pubs the route ‘visits’ near you. But you can always go to the website above and try to open it from there. 10 of our 20 pubs are on the map, including The Roebuck and The Royalty.

 

IS THIS HOW TO STOP PUB DEMOLITION?

Our President Greg Mulholland MP, together with Caroline Lucas MP has moved a clause in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, concerning permitted development and the demolition of drinking establishments. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that any proposed demolition of, or change of use to, public houses or other drinking establishments would be subject to planning permission. Currently such buildings, unless they have been listed as Assets of Community Value by the Local Authority, can be demolished or have their use changed without such permission being granted.

That would certainly be another weapon in the armoury of those of us who are fighting to preserve and protect our pub heritage, but here’s another interesting option from Melbourne, Australia. Unfortunately, the historic Corkman Irish Pub in Carlton had already been demolished illegally before anything could be done, but Trade Unions in Victoria subsequently issued a blanket ban on any further work by their members at the site. They have also demanded that the developer surrender the land to be used as a community asset. Maybe if all property developers knew they would be faced with this response, they wouldn’t be so keen to rush into demolition. [Note to self – must get in touch with UCATT . . .]

 

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGING

On Sunday 18th at 11.15am, there’ll be festive singing at the Buttercross in the Market Place.
Please bring voices, instruments, friends and Christmas jumpers along, but if you have none of the aforementioned just bring your ears and some money to throw in the collection pot (which will be shared between Otley Lions and Macmillan). There is usually a good turnout for this – but if you needed another excuse, it’s the Christmas farmers market that day, so you can get your sprout tree at the same time. Song list will be available before the event.

 

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY! (While you can.)

Dr Fergus Simpson, a mathematician at the University of Barcelona’s Institute of Cosmos Science, has predicted that the human race faces a one in 500 chance of extinction this century – and even in the next year!

The odds of winning first prize on the UK National Lottery are roughly 1 in 14 million, yet people still think “well, someone’s got to win it!” [not exactly true – hence the ‘rollover’]. Yet it’s now thought to be 28,000 times MORE likely, that there’ll be no-one around to win it by the end of this century – and that a total extinction event could happen in ANY single one of the next 84 years! I wonder if it’s worth doing a straw poll in Mounsey’s on Saturday, to see how many people buying a lottery ticket don’t believe it – but still believe they might win the jackpot?

 

FREE PARKING IN OTLEY IN DECEMBER

Still a couple of Saturdays left to park free and get those last-minute gifts for Christmas. [And don’t forget the farmers market this month is on Sunday the 18th of December, rather than the usual last Sunday of the month.

 

VICTORIAN ALEHOUSE COMPETITIONvic-judges-colour

It seemed like the busiest Victorian Fayre in Otley for some years. Two of the Otley Pub Club comm
ittee were out all morning doing their ‘Town Team’ volunteering duties – setting up the stalls and directing traffic. Then 6 of us were out all afternoon judging the pubs for the Elise Brumfitt Victorian Alehouse Trophy. [Here are three of us at the start.] Landladies and landlords and their staff dressed up in period costume for the day, and Christmas decorations were on display in the pubs.

The standard imgp2402seems to be getting higher every year, and the pubs more competitive, so choosing a winner is getting more difficult. The amazing thing is that everyone looks so comfortable in their costumes, and seems to enjoy taking part. We really want to thank them all for putting the additional time and effort into this competition, on what is probably their busiest day of the year. We tried to be as objective as possible this year, setting categories for scoring before we set off. But even then it was really close in the end. The winners Tim Varney and Sarah Garrod at Whitakers looked as though they’d just walked off the front of a Victorian Christmas card; their bar staff were in costume too; and Santa’s grotto with presents, snow, and twinkling ‘star’ lights on the ceiling was the finishing touch. The Victorian Alehouse Trophy was handed over to Whitaker
s on the day, and here we all are, celebrcy1-s0pwiaetjowating the presentation outside the pub.

The Old Cock were in second place, with terrific Victorian outfits once again, as you can see, which means they haven’t been out of the top two for the last three years. The Bowling Green and The Bay Horse were both highly commended by the judges, and both The Black Horse and The Horse and Farrier were only a whisker behind. In fact the judges chose Chris Collier from the Horse and Farrier as the first winner of a new award this year – the best dressed Victorian alehouse personality! The pipe and monocle and ‘rakish’ attitude were just perfect! Certificates for the pubs and for Chris will be provided later – all to be proudly displayed until the Fayre comes round again next year.cy16iyjwiaehbho

 

OPENING TIMES AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

 

BOWLING GREEN

CHRISTMAS EVE – 8am to 1am

CHRISTMAS DAY – 11am to 3pm

BOXING DAY – 9am to midnight

NEW YEAR’S EVE – 8am to 1am

NEW YEAR’S DAY – 9am to midnight

ROSE AND CROWN

CHRISTMAS EVE – Disco til late

CHRISTMAS DAY – midday to 3pm

BOXING DAY – Normal hours [plus disco]

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Normal hours [plus disco]

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Normal hours

HORSE AND FARRIER

CHRISTMAS EVE – midday to 11pm [food 12 to 8]

CHRISTMAS DAY – Closed

BOXING DAY – midday to 11pm [food 12 to 4]

NEW YEAR’S EVE – midday to 12:30am [food 12 to 6pm, bookings only thereafter]

NEW YEAR’S DAY – midday to 4pm [no food]

THE ROYALTY

CHRISTMAS EVE – Normal hours

CHRISTMAS DAY – Closed

BOXING DAY – Normal hours

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Normal hours

NEW YEAR’S DAY – 11am to 9pm [Finish serving food at 7pm

THE ROEBUCK (NB: Booking for food always advisable)

CHRISTMAS EVE – Normal hours

CHRISTMAS DAY – Open at 11 . . .

BOXING DAY – Normal hours [food 12 to 7]

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Midday to 5pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Midday to 7pm

THE BLACK HORSE HOTEL

CHRISTMAS EVE – Normal hours [food 12 to 3]

CHRISTMAS DAY – Closed

BOXING DAY – Midday to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Normal hours [food 12 to 3]

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Normal hours [Sunday roast 12 to 6]

THE FLEECE

CHRISTMAS EVE – Midday to midnight

CHRISTMAS DAY – 11am to 2pm [No food]

BOXING DAY – Normal hours

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Open till late . . .

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Normal hours

WHITAKERS

CHRISTMAS EVE – Midday to midnight

CHRISTMAS DAY – 11am to 6pm

BOXING DAY – midday to midnight

NEW YEAR’S EVE – midday to 1am

NEW YEAR’S DAY – midday to 11pm

THE JUNCTION

CHRISTMAS EVE – Normal hours

CHRISTMAS DAY – midday to 3pm

BOXING DAY – Normal hours

NEW YEAR’S EVE – 11am til late . . .

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Normal hours

THE MANOR HOUSE

CHRISTMAS EVE – Open til 1am

CHRISTMAS DAY – Midday to 3pm

BOXING DAY – Normal hours

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Open til VERY late . . .

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THE BAY HORSE

 

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THE OTLEY TAVERN

CHRISTMAS EVE – Normal hours

CHRISTMAS DAY – 11am to 2pm

BOXING DAY – Normal hours

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Normal hours, but evening party entry is by (free) ticket only.img_20161208_152438444

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Normal hours

THE RED LION

CHRISTMAS EVE – open to midnight

CHRISTMAS DAY – 11am to 3pm

BOXING DAY – Normal hours

NEW YEAR’S EVE – open to 1am

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Normal hours

THE WHITE SWAN


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STILL MORE STUFF GOING ON

 

WHITE SWANuke-xmas – Christmas Eve from 3pm to 7:30, live solo artist – Christmas songs, Elvis songs, sing along!

FLEECE – Jackson Lake on Saturday the 17th Ukulele Orchestra Christmas party on Sunday the 18th from 8:30 pm to 11 – all welcome! Free fizz and bangs, and even a quiz, on New Year’s Eve.

RED LION – The piano was just arriving when I was there on the 8th – now all they need is someone who can play it! All sorts of sheet music came with it, so if you think you can perform in public, get in touch with John in the pub right away!

ROEBUCK –Festive menu runs alongside normal menu up to the 23rd of December – BUT pre-order and table booking essential.

JUNCTION

  • Tues 13th – Rory Holl, an acoustic blend of pop, rock, soul and prog!
  • Fri 16th – Junction Christmas Party. Mulled wine £2; Christmas cocktails 2 for £6; Party food, a DJ, and a prize for the best Christmas jumper [drawn at 9:30pm].
  • All week – Raffle tickets just £1 a strip for a Christmas hamper full of drink and chocolates and a Christmas pudding! Money raised will be donated to Inspire Equine Foundation [Riding for the disabled.]
  • Sat 17th – Lula and the Be-Bops at 9:15pm. ‘Bring your dancing shoes!’tavern-dec
  • Also, a great Christmas present idea – Junction Inn gift vouchers on sale for £5, £10 and £20. Ask at the bar

OTLEY TAVERN – Four more first class acts coming up over the next two weekends.

 

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MANOR HOUSE – Live music coming up:

  • Thurs 15th – Issimo Duo; Paul McKendrick. [Manor Sessions]
  • Sat 17th – The bandits
  • Thurs 22nd – Nigel Rae; Keystone Lia. [Manor Sessions]
  • Sat 24th – Stevie ‘Shaky’ Sheard, DJ and compère
  • Mon 26th – Joe Gallagher; John Taylor.
  • Sat 31st – Stevie ‘Shaky’ Sheard, DJ and compère
  • Also open mic every Friday and quiz every Sunday.

AND from the second week in January:

  • Every Tuesday evening – Bingo!
  • Every Wednesday evening – Irish music sessions.
  • Every Sunday afternoon – solo music act on the new stage!
  • Opening hours midday to 11pm Monday, Tuesday ,Wednesday; midday to midnight Thursday & Sunday; midday through to 1am Friday and Saturday!

RED LION – Now re-opened as a Craft Union pub, with draught beer prices starting at only £1:80 a pint, and real ales at £2:40. Big screen TVs in all rooms.

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  • Quiz as usual this Thursday, the 15th.
  • Friday 30th of December, The Chewit-Well-Mummers present a play for your
    edification and entertainment, at 10:30am!
  • New Year’s Eve – Fancy dress party with DJ Benny, open til 2

BLACK HORSE – A New Year’s Eve charity event in aid of Wheatfield’s and 1 other charity yet to be decided. £15 to include free entertainment and buffet supper. See photo, and ignore the stupid selfie hidden in it!

 

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.

BAY HORSE

BLACK BULL

BLACK HORSE

BOWLING GREEN

CROSS PIPES

FLEECE

HORSE AND FARRIER

JUNCTION

MANOR HOUSE

NORTH BAR SOCIAL

OLD COCK

OTLEY TAP HOUSE

OTLEY TAVERN

ROEBUCK

ROSE AND CROWN

ROYALTY

WHITAKERS

WHITE SWAN

YEW TREE

 

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.

@RedLioninOtley

@FleeceOtley

@crosspipesotley

@OtleyBlackHorse

@WhitakersOtley

@NorthBarSocial

@TheOtleyTavern

@TheOldCockOtley

@TheManorOtley

@OtleyTapHouse

@TheHorseFarrier

@RoebuckPub

 

AND INSTAGRAM!

Although I think there’s only one pub account in town so far –

The_Bowling_Green

 

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It’s easy to make mistakes and/or omissions when you’re writing, editing and proof-reading everything yourself, and if I have made any I apologise.  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 – secretary@otleypubclub.co.uk , or get in touch via the website and I’ll put you back on the mailing list. Thanks!

 

Bob Brook

OPC Secretary

13 December 2016

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