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BHS AGM Weekend

Friday, May 16th, 2014

What a fantastic AGM weekend in Cardiff

Thanks to Chris for all his hard work making the arrangements, to everyone who turned up and especially to all of our hosts – at Kingstone Brewery, Tintern; AB-Inbev’s Magor Brewery; Otley and SA Brain, who hosted the AGM

What a variety of breweries, each very interesting in its own right and especially when combined and compared over the few days

We look forward to the next episode in the BHS visit programme



BHS AGM Weekend

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

What a great series of events for the 40th BHS AGM weekend

My thanks to Chris Marchbanks and Ken Smith for all their efforts in making arrangements; All the Fullers team for the AGM on Friday, Professor and Mrs Peter Mathias for joining us as our special guests; all at Camden, Brodies and Twickenham for the additional brewery visits.

We rounded  the series off with a fascinating tour of North Kent looking at the brewery related remains still to be seen, led by Ken Smith

BHS on Radio

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

I was asked to talk on the radio last Sunday (22 Jan) – BBC Radio Solent (not quite Radio 4, but still)

The idea was to do about 25 minutes on the breweries of the Isle of Wight. In the end I didn’t manage to say much at all about the Island’s breweries – I spent about 3 days biting my finger nails and brushing up on facts and figures, really to no avail. Still, it was an experience and we spent much of the time chatting about the BHS, so I am awaiting a flood of new members!

The programme was Bruce Parker’s Magical History Tour and was looking at the South’s pubs, breweries and vineyards – the link is should you wish to see more, or even listen for a while. As you will hear, having been called by the programme staff, we got off to a terrible start when he couldn’t hear me – presumably a button needed pressing at their end, but it wasn’t good for the nerves.

It also included an interview with Jeremy Pope (of Eldridge Pope), David Jones on Cowes pubs (he has just produced an excellent book on this topic) and Dave Goddard on Southampton’s pubs.

I don’t think I shall be giving up the day job (retirement)



Our own history

Friday, January 8th, 2010

It occurred to me that as a history society we should really make a point of recording our own! Especially as our 40th anniversary is coming up in a couple of years’ time

If you have any memories of the early days of the BHS, or any documentation (other than Newsletters, which we have), we would love to hear from you.