West Berkshire CAMRA members were deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of one of the branch's most committed campaigners.
Clive Stevens passed away on 16 November, 2012, aged 61. His funeral was held at the West Berkshire crematorium on 12 December.
Clive served for many years on the branch committee, mostly notably as an inspirational and hard-working chairman, but also as membership secretary and pubs officer.
He worked as a logistics controller in the electronics industry and more recently as an extremely talented, self-employed illustrator. Amongst his work were drawings and designs for pump clips for the regular beers from the West Berkshire Brewery, including Good Old Boy, Mr Chubbs Lunchtime Bitter and Maggs' Mild. Brewery founder Helen Maggs said: 'I hope our regular beer pump clips are a fitting memorial to his skill as an artist.'
West Berkshire Brewery pump clips designed by Clive
Clive also worked for short spells in the licensed trade at the Pot
Kiln, Frilsham and the Royal Oak, Ecchinswell, the Hampshire village
where he lived after moving from Hungerford.
In an obituary written for ‘Musical Traditions’, Roly Brown reveals other sides to Clive's life. Describing Clive as ‘a true gentleman’, Roly mentions that Clive used to organise the Downs Festival of Traditional Singing (1978-1990) and that he played Doctor for the Aldworth Mummers (1979-2010).
Clive's dedication to the Campaign for Real Ale was particularly impressive. Branch secretary Mike Avery said: ‘Clive was an extremely enthusiastic and effective branch chairman. His ability to enthuse members and his dedication to campaigning on behalf of CAMRA were boundless.’ In addition to official roles, he contributed heavily to Ullage, the branch newsletter.
CAMRA Regional Director John Buckley writes: ‘I first met Clive in the 1990s when campaigning to keep some of our rural pubs open. He was passionate about saving the village pub and in its importance as part of the social fabric of a community. His enthusiasm for the traditional public house will be missed and Wessex CAMRA sends its condolences.’
West Berkshire CAMRA is much the poorer for the loss of a friend, good companion and a talented and diligent branch member. We offer our condolences to his wife, Joanna, and his family.
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