It was the CAMRA AGM last Wednesday, held in the Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club. Regrettably, the Thwaites real ale was distinctly under par, so I was glad I'd decided to drive: it wouldn't have been worth making the awkward bus journey from where I live.
It was agreed that I should continue editing our local CAMRA magazine, Ale & Hearty, and everyone seemed encouraged that the Spring issue is now at the printers, seeing that the last two had fallen through, which I've written about previously. To complete this issue, I had worked on it from Tuesday afternoon through the night until Wednesday evening with a couple of breaks. I was knackered, but at least I got it finished.
The piece of news at the AGM that I welcomed concerned the Branch's name. The old West Lancs Branch has renamed itself Central Lancs, and because we have taken on much of West Lancs over the years, we are now Southport & West Lancs Branch instead of Southport and District. I'm also hoping it means that our existing West Lancs members and pubs feel better represented, especially as the new name will appear on Ale & Hearty from now on. What's in a name? They can be quite important, in my view.
Now all I need to think about is the summer edition.