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What's Happening within the branch area? We would appreciate your feedback on any news that would be of interest, especially changes to pubs in the area.

AGM and Committee Decisions

At our 2014 AGM the following committee and non-committee members were elected.

Chairman*: Charles Owens
Secretary*: (until replacement found) Charles Owens
Treasurer*: Andy Pirson
Membership Secretary*: Stewart Murray
Social secretary & Branch Contact: Roy Hurry
Pubs Officer: Paul Firby
Webmaster and Database Co-ordinator: George Gimber
Public Affairs Officer: John Austin
Brewery Liaison: John Austin (Twickenham)
CAMRA Twickenham Festival Organiser: Charles Owens

*Denotes mandatory positions. Other posts are discretionary as is the number of additional people on the committee.

The following constitutional amendment was agreed at the AGM:
Following the apportioning of posts on the committee last year, some disquiet was expressed at the process whereby these are allocated from within the committee. Following discussions, the chair proposes that effective for the 2014 AGM, our branch constitution be amended to allow the four posts of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Secretary to be elected by the members at the AGM where possible.

At the Branch Committee meeting held on the 19th Feb 2015, James Murray stood down as YOUNG MEMBERS CONTACT. If you are interested (and <30) in volunteering for this position please contact the Branch Chairman, Charles Owens - Or come along to one of our branch or committee meetings to discuss further.

Pubs, Beer and Brewery News

Our branch covers a wide area and I'm sure many changes to our pubs still remain unreported. Maintaining branch pub records is relying on just a few people reporting news of changes to keep our branch online news and pub records up to date.

More reports and pub surveys are needed!!

If you are reading this and know of a change of beer range, opening times, management, closure etc. please report it to the Branch. This information will give the branch a better perspective of what's happening to our pubs and the availability of real ale that can also be made available to a wider audience via the web site, and also in the regular Capital Pub Check section of the London Drinker Magazine.

Posted News item
17th Mar

6ft tall mural by BanksyThe 6ft tall mural (believed to be worth £100,000) by the artist 'Banksy' painted on the side of the North Star pub at 69 Whitton Rd, Hounslow in 2007 - now renamed Platform 3 - has been defaced over the weekend to show the girl wearing a burkha, leaving only her eyes visible.

The artwork showed a girl in pigtails with the word 'smile' in brightly coloured letters. The locals are furious, saying it had been the 'only decent thing' in the area.

News update: Someone has subsequently cleaned and restored the mural.

14th Mar

Three Twickenham pubs that were closed get converted to American style BBQ Restaurant/Bars and have reopened in the last three weeks.

What was the Twickenham Tavern in 11 London Road is now the Blue's Smokehouse - 'Authentic' American BBQ restaurant. It opened at the end of February. Although mainly a restaurant you can have a drink without eating. There are two cask ales from handpumps available; St Austell Tribute (350p/pt) and their house beer called No.1 (4.1% ABV) brewed by Caledonian (335p/pt). They are also have a selection of bottle beers from Twickenham Fine Ales at 450p.

The Ales & Tails in 29/31 York Street has become a Chicago Rib Shack restaurant that opened on the 13th March. Again, although mainly a restaurant you can have a drink without eating. The bar support three handpumps for changing cask ales when operational in the near future.

What was formerly the London Rd, Garyowen, Codee's Bar, & Rugby Tavern; reopened on the 9th March as The Shack 68. This is a bar and restaurant serving BBQ inspired food. No real Ale.

A new Premises Licence Application has been made for what was the Old Anchor, 71 Richmond Road Twickenham:

'Proposed convenience retail store, to trade 7 days a week, selling groceries, sundry items and alcohol for consumption off the premises only. J-Supply of alcohol (outdoors) Monday to Sunday 07:00 to 23:00'

28th Feb

The Moon Under Water in Hounslow, are having a Real Ale festival 13th-29th March. All festival ales (48) will be £1.99 and they will also be offering a 'try 3 ales (1/3 tasting glasses) for £1.99' deal. CAMRA vouchers accepted throughout festival.

27th Feb

The friends of the Red Lion in Isleworth have reported that they are delighted that Hounslow Council voted to list the pub as a Community Asset. The Red Lion is now protected for a six months community consultation period in the event that a delevoper applies for change of use or redeveopment. This is the first AVC granted in our Branch area. The future of Red Lion is currently in a state of flux as we await news on who will buy the lease.

The New Inn at 345 Petersham Rd, Ham, has applied for planning permission - 15/0597/LBC - for a new business sign. The building is Grade-II listed.

22nd Feb

The Lofty Turtle (previously the Naked Turtle) at 505-507 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, has closed. In a recent tweet from @theloftyturtle "the owners have moved to the Westcountry @thebronxbar same beer ethos better food & 30 meters to the beach." The future of the bar is uncertain.

Twickenham Fine Ales are in the local news again. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond with Conservative parliamentary candidate Dr Tania Mathias visited the brewery on the day a new fermenting vessel was being installed, increasing beer brewing capacity by 20%. The guests were shown around by MD Steve Brown and Master Brewer Stuart Medcalf.

The Windsor Castle, 152 Bath Rd, Hounslow is open and bearing an 'Under New Management' banner. A planning application: 00083/152/P10 dated 22nd Oct 2014, submitted for its demolition and the erection of a seven storey building comprising of commercial floorspace on the ground floor and 36 flats above, has been refused 28th Jan 2015.

26th Jan

Two pubs in Twickenham are set to be lost to the restaurant trade.

Ales&Tails, 29/31 York Street. There is now a notice on the window that the premises will be opening as a Chicago Rib Shack BBQ Grill Restaurant in Feb 2015.

What was the Twickenham Tavern at 11 London Road will also be opening as a restaurant soon. It will be called the Blues Smokehouse - Authentic American BBQ. Looking at their other outlets, a range of bottled, draft craft beers including two cask ales are expected to be served, but not as a standalone bar.

23rd Jan

The remaining 12 years of the Nomura/Wellington lease on the Red Lion in Linkfield Rd, Isleworth is being put up 'for sale' by Paul Andrews to allow Louisa will pursue a different career interest. Paul will continue to run the Victoria Tavern at 56 Worple Rd, Isleworth.

Tom McAuley is to leave the Prince of Wales, 136 Hampton Rd, Twickenham.

The London Road, 68 London Rd, Twickenham, remains closed whilst extensive work is being carried out on the premises.

8th Jan

Kew Brewer Trade MarkDave Scott's dream of moving his Kew Brewery onto a commercial footing took a step closer yesterday, as Richmond Council approved his planning application. He is planning for the brewery to be operational by April this year with a 6 barrel plant.

Follow progress on Facebook.

6th Jan

The Moon On The Square at 30 The Centre, High St, Feltham, is holding a Beer Festival between Monday 16th February to Friday 20th. There will be a range of beers from a selection of London Breweries:

By The Horns (Summerstown)- Bison American Pale Ale 4.8%, Mick The Miller 4%, Diamond Geezer 4.9% Clarence & Fredericks (Croydon)- Cascadian Black 5%, Golden Ale 3.8% The Cronx (Croydon)- Standard 3.8%, Kotchin 3.9%, Mad-Ass Entire 5.2% East London (Leyton)- Foundation Bitter 4.2%, Cowcatcher American Pale 4.8%, Quadrant Oatmeal Stout 5.8% Hop Stuff (Woolwich)- Fusilier 4.3%, Renegade IPA 5.6% Portobello (Portobello)- Chestnut Ale 4.5%, Ginger Bread Beer 4.4%, Apachi 7% Truman’s (Hackney Wick)- Eyrie 4.3%, Original Porter 4.5%, Runner 4%

Pint’s on the Monday will be £1.79, and the pub will be accepting CAMRA vouchers all week.

3rd Jan

The Aleksander. 14/5023/FUL Change of Use to the first floor from single residential use to public dining only and WC.