My job as editor of Ale & Hearty, the magazine of the Southport and District Branch of CAMRA, is becoming more and more theoretical. Our Summer edition, due out in August, didn't materialise because Fred, who collects the adverts for us, was in hospital for an operation, which was followed by a period of recuperation. No adverts = no money = no magazine.
The Winter edition, due out in November, fell by the wayside because two advertisers withdrew their adverts at the last minute: one because the licensee never got around to designing it (we'd have done it if he wanted), and the other because of a change in licensee. This created an immediate loss of £330 and as we have no reserves to fall back on, all the work in trying to get adverts and in obtaining and writing articles has gone completely to waste, and our credibility with licensees has taken a bash. Unsurprisingly, Fred and I are feeling rather deflated at the moment.
Ale & Hearty is basically a two-man operation nowadays, and it's too much for us, but requests for extra help at meetings usually result in silence with people staring fixedly ahead. I have a plan to resolve this, but if extra help is not forthcoming, I will with great reluctance (as I was very keen when I took over) consider throwing in the towel. I hope it doesn't come to that.