During the 2013 AGM held at the branch's Club of the Year, The Hungerford Club, West Berkshire CAMRA Chairman Adrian Bean stepped down from his role and Richard Scullion was elected in his place.
Adrian Bean attended his first West Berkshire CAMRA meeting in September 2004. He was elected Chairman in June 2005 and held the post for eight years until standing down in June 2013.
Wearing his fluorescent jacket and football scarf, Adrian is regularly spotted cycling in the branch area or with his bike on local trains.
Adrian (right) hands over the reigns of power to Richard (left)
Asked to recall notable local events during this era he mentioned successful events including September cider trips, May Mild trails, Meet the Brewer nights and ‘food and beer matching’ nights. The introduction of the Community Pub of the Year award, improvements to the branch website and social media profile and a welcome to new breweries and cidermakers like Two Cocks Brewery and Tutts Clump Cider were other important milestones.
Adrian mentioned that many pubs were not impressed by CAMRA or the value of real ale drinkers in 2005. However, by 2013, Adrian notices that most landlords realise the importance of real ale and he reckons that Ullage and its dedicated delivery team have played a part in this change of attitude. Adrian enjoys working as a volunteer at CAMRA beer festivals and he finished by saying that CAMRA has gone from strength to strength during his era as Chairman with festivals becoming more professional and introducing new people to the delights of real ale, cider and perry.
The branch would like to thank Adrian for all his hard work and wish Richard all the very best in his new role.
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