Over 120 people took the trouble to nominate a pub for West Berkshire CAMRA's 2016 Community Pub of the Year award. There was strong support for the Tally Ho, Hungerford Newtown, the community owned pub which won the award in 2014. However, in a close contest, previous winners, The Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury (2012, 2013) recaptured the main award from The Three Horseshoes, Brimpton (2015) who earned a new Runner Up award in 2016. See below.
On Saturday 6 August, the Cottage Inn was the start and finish point for the Tour de Berkshire, a family friendly event with a circular route for over 200 cyclists via the Bell Inn, Aldworth, raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The Cottage Inn hosts meetings for various groups, a monthly pub quiz (first Wednesday) and classic vehicle meet (April - October: last Saturday of month - lunchtime).
On Tuesday 4 October, branch secretary, Mike Avery, presented the West Berkshire CAMRA Community Pub of the Year award to Gary Bush, the landlord of the Cottage Inn. Gary thanked his wife Mandy and children Gavin, Callum and Carly for all their help.
On Monday 10 October, Michelle Lebrasse, landlady at the Three Horseshoes, Brimpton, received the Runner Up award at the Arkell's pub which is popular with local snooker and darts players. A bagatelle board is also available and before the presentation Michelle had demonstrated her skills at the game. Last year's
Christmas Panto raised funds for Brimpton Primary School, St Peter's Church restoration fund and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Tickets are available for this year's 'Murder in Tintzeltown' charity mystery evening, produced by the same local Panto team, on Saturdays 10 & 17 December – tel 0118 971 2183