OTLEY PUB CLUB: JULY MEETING
JULY, JULY, JULY – DO YA LOVE IT?
Yeah, right – the puns don’t work, they just make you worse! Who remembers 1970 anyway (or 1997)? Still plenty of reasons to love July, though! For a start, all that referendum business was in June, so we’ll never hear any more about that . . . And it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas [if you live in Hebden Bridge, that is, where it WAS Christmas this weekend]. Everywhere else, the weather’s been as good as it gets in summer nowadays. We ‘got our country back’, now can we have our weather back, please? I got absolutely soaked the other Friday, when we had a massive cloudburst in Otley, and there was about 2 inches of water running down all the roads and footpaths.
The Carnival is Over [even worse – 1965] but there’s the Food and Drink Festival in town on the 17th, PHGS term ends on the 22nd [other schools may differ], and of course our “Road To Marston Moor” event next weekend – the 2nd and 3rd of July. [And still to come in June, the bike races this Wednesday, the 29th.]
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED . . .
. . . but then – aren’t they always? That’s why we had a ‘town team’ meeting at M’deena in Otley on Tuesday, to try to get a permanent group of volunteers who could be called on whenever there was an event in town. [The food was great, by the way!]
I could certainly really do with a few more people as stewards next weekend, mainly during the battle [2:30 – 3:30] to watch and make sure people don’t get too near the tapes surrounding it. Rest of the time, you can just wander around enjoying yourselves with my phone number in your pocket, and ring me if you see anything that might be a problem – lost child, loose dog, whatever! You might have to direct people to the toilets or the first aid tent, but that’s about it.
If you can spare even an hour, it would be much appreciated – just email me right now, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. . . AND INVALUABLE HELP SO FAR
I’ve already found out that everyone in Otley who is involved with other groups is so helpful when you want to put on an event – all the following have given me invaluable help and advice, or even loaned me things that I needed, to put on ‘The Road To Marston Moor’ successfully:
- OTLEY VINTAGE TRANSPORT EXTRAVAGANZA
- OTLEY ATHLETIC CLUB
- OTLEY SHOW
- OTLEY TOWN PARTNERSHIP
- WHARFEDALE BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION [MOB-COW]
And then of course there were the actual financial contributions that really made it happen, from:
- OTLEY TOWN COUNCIL
- OTLEY BID; and
- OTLEY’S 3 LEEDS CITY COUNCILLORS
My heartfelt thanks go to all of them, and to my commercial sponsors:
- PUNCH TAVERNS
- HARDISTY AND Co
- DACRE, SON & HARTLEY
You might be surprised to see Punch at the top of that list, but despite our long-standing differences with them and Enterprise Inns and other Pubcos, we do actually have a close and rational relationship with them all at a local level. They printed all the top quality posters and flyers for the event, which saved me a substantial amount of cash!
ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH?
The stand-up comedian Damian Kingsley visited Otley last Monday night on his ‘penniless’ tour of 120 gigs between Lands End and the Edinburgh Fringe. When I walked down to town at about 7:45pm, Otley was like a ghost town! It had been pouring with rain earlier; the buses had been on strike all day, and the England match was kicking off at 8-o-clock. There honestly wasn’t a single moving vehicle on Kirkgate, and the only other human being in sight was wearing an England shirt and running towards a pub!
So, the audience for Damian, his MC and his two colleagues was a bit smaller than we would have liked, but those of us who were there were treated to a 2-hour show that you would have to pay quite a bit for – if you’d waited until it was on in Edinburgh! Over £65 was collected for Shelter; people in the audience actually made new friends; and Damian himself (to whom we donated a bed for the night!) was such a nice guy that I’m going up to Edinburgh to see him again.
But the best thing about the night was that yet another person had chosen to come to the #famouspubtown of Otley, to perform in one of our wonderful pubs! Long may they continue.
THE OTLEY TAVERN on New Market, which is a lively pub popular for its sports and entertainment, is where we’ll hold our committee meeting on Thursday the 7th of July, at 7:15pm. With a couple of screens for showing all the sports channels, and a regular line-up of live music, you’re sure of a good time when you come here. Couple that with the choice of real ales and low-priced beers and lagers and you’ve got a perfect town centre pub. You can even park free in Sainsbury’s car park on the other side of Bondgate. At 8-o-clock we’ll stay for another drink after the official business is over, before moving on at 8:45pm to
THE BOWLING GREEN. They are about as close as 2 pubs can be, without being joined to one another – it’s directly across New Market. This is a Wetherspoons pub, so you can expect food available from early morning til late in the evening, a range of drinks for all tastes, and of course unlike The Otley Tavern, no entertainment. There are loads of outside tables – including a non-smoking area, and you can still leave the car in Sainsbury’s! We’ll stay there until 9:30pm, then go down to the third pub on New Market –
THE BLACK BULL. One of the most distinctive-looking pubs in Otley, with its white and black frontage, and possibly THE most central. It’s been sitting right on the corner of the market square for 400 years, and had Cromwell’s troops ducking under its low doorway and beams before marching off to Marston Moor. [So it’s particularly appropriate, but completely coincidental, that it’s our final pub before our Civil War re-creation event at the weekend!] Home made food during the day; an open fire in winter, as well as a beer garden with tables at the rear in summer, make it a perfect stop on this or any other day.
Hope to see you at one of the pubs, or all three, and of course next weekend and at all our other events!]
25 June 2016