News

Here is the latest news about pubs and beer in general in the branch area.

  • JILL CLARKSON: A TRIBUTE Monday 5 February 2018

    Jill Clarkson

    Jill Clarkson was a valued member of Westmorland CAMRA. For the past two years she has been our Branch Contact and more recently took over the Membership Secretary role. During this time, she made a significant contribution to the branch’s smooth running. She was a most diligent person who made sure every task she took on was done to the best of her ability. As organiser of branch transport for meetings and socials, she kept everyone up to speed with arrangements and What’s Brewing were always timely notified of forthcoming events. Jill was just that kind of person – reliable, amiable and a joy to work with.

    I remember when she and husband Peter first came to branch meetings, and Jill asked all the right questions about how the branch was run and who did what. She always wanted to know how things worked because if she was to become an active branch member, she would be fully immersed in it. We often chatted on return journeys from meetings in far-flung Lakeland villages, and it was at those times that I got to know, like and respect her. She was quiet of nature but was never afraid to voice her own standpoint where justice and fairness were concerned. Jill was also a keen fellwalker and member of the local jazz club.

    Jill died suddenly early on Wednesday 24th January after a brief illness. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

  • Sad News Thursday 1 February 2018

    The branch has been saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our branch contact Jill Clarkson. The branch would like to send it's condolences to Jill's family and friends. Below is the notice from the Westmorland Gazette.

    JILL CLARKSON Died suddenly in A & E at Royal Lancaster Infirmary on the morning of Wednesday, 24th January, aged 67. Much loved wife and soul-mate of Peter, sister of Christine Bellis, aunt of Joanne and Lesley, step-mother of Dianne, Baz and John. The world has lost a dynamic, energetic and altruistic lady who will be greatly missed. Funeral service will take place on Monday 12th February at 2.00 pm at Beetham Hall Crematorium. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, for Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team. Enquiries and donations c/o Hayes & Parkinson Ltd.

  • Factory Tap Beer Festival Monday 25 September 2017

    In lieu of the Westmorland Beer Festival not taking place this year, a beer festival is being held at the Factory Tap in Kendal between the 26th and 29th October. While this festival is not directly related to or being organised by the branch, it will be supported by branch members assisting with the running of the festival.

  • Halewood invests in second brewery. Monday 25 September 2017

    Halewood Wines and Spirits, which earlier this year took a controlling interest in Hawkshead brewery have now completed a second brewery investment deal, this time with Sadlers brewery of Lye in the West Midlands. More details here.