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ATVH WINS CAMRA CLUB OF THE YEAR 2019

The Appleton Thorn Village Hall near Warrington has been named the best in the country in CAMRA’s Club of the Year 2019 awards, one of the most respected and well-known club awards in the UK.

This is the second time and almost 10 years to the date that the former school has won the accolade for its ever-changing range of seven beers from regional and micro-breweries. The attractive sandstone building is the hub of the community, housing a comfortable bar area, small pool room, garden area and bowling green. Home cooked food is served at Sunday lunchtime and the function room hosts quizzes, live music and an annual beer festival in October. The recent addition of a gin bar has proved popular with the club’s members.

Keith Spencer, Club of the Year organiser said: “This club is the very hub of the community, from hosting pre-school events to yoga, dance, Guides and rehearsals for the Vale Royal String Orchestra! It is a very deserving winning of this year’s Club of the Year competition and a shining example of the intrinsic role that clubs can play in their local areas.”

Chris Massey, Steward of the Appleton Thorn Village Hall said: “It is a huge honour to not only win the Club of the Year title once - but twice! We are a true community club and take pride in hosting a range of activities and events for our locals and serving great beers as well.” The CAMRA Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine, with the simple aim of finding the clubs with the greatest commitment to quality real ale – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. Clubs are nominated by CAMRA branches across the country and judged by a panel of volunteer CAMRA members throughout the year.

Other finalists include the Real Ale Farm in Bargoed, Wales; the Canine Club in Accrington; and the Egham United Services Club in Egham.

Kash 22 Runner-Up as Parliamentary Pub of the Year

You may not have heard of the Parliamentary Pub of the Year award - and to be honest, neither had we! But Kash 22 in Frodsham is the runner-up in this first year that the award has been made.

Winners were announced on 15th January where news came that Kash 22, nominated by the Weaver Vale constituency MP, Mike Amesbury, was runner-up in the awards

The overall winner was The Four Elms in the Cardiff Central constituency, nominated by their MP Jo Stevens

Organised by Toby Perkins MP, the award process allowed MPs to nominate a pub in their constituency. The pubs were encouraged to make a video to support their nomination. These can be viewed here: https://parlipuboty.wordpress.com/ . The judging was done by a panel of industry representatives, including Ben Wilkinson for CAMRA. You can read more about the awards at http://www.so-cheshire.co.uk/parliamentary-pub-of-the-year-competition-2018/

The 14 nominated finalists were:

Winner: The Four Elms (Jo Stevens Cardiff Central) Wales

Runner Up: Kash 22 (Mike Amesbury, Weaver Vale) North West

Third: The Crown, (Amber Rudd, Hastings & Rye) South East

Yorkshire Winner: Grayston Unity (Holly Lynch MP, Halifax)

North East Winner: The Stapylton Arms (Grahame Morris MP, Easington)

West Midlands Winner: The Robin Hood (Eddie Hughes MP, Walsall North)

East Regional Winner: Kings Arms (Liz Truss MP, South West Norfolk)

East Midlands Winner: Chesterfield Arms (Toby Perkins MP, Chesterfield)

South West Winner: The Westbrook (Claire Perry MP, Devizes)

London Winner: The Alexandra (Stephen Hammond MP, Wimbledon)

Scotland Winner: Brass & Granite (Alan Brown MP, Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Scotland Runner Up: The Criterion (Stephen Gethins MP, North East Fife)

Wales Runner Up: The Fat Boar Wrecsam (Ian Lucas MP, Wrexham)

North West Runner Up: The Victoria Walshaw (James Frith MP, Bury North

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