Geoff Edwards, chair of the organising committee, reports.
Liverpool’s newly-refurbished Guild of Students was the venue for the 2016 AGM and Members’ Weekend and quite an event it was too. JD Wetherspoon’s charismatic boss, Tim Martin gave a keynote address in which we learnt Wetherspoon’s policy on opening and closing pubs and he delivered a passionate defence of our democracy and the implied threat to our very existence from those horrible Eurocrats in Brussels. 
The whole event almost ground to a halt on Saturday morning with an attempt to adjourn the AGM over a row about proxy voting. Fortunately, Conference Procedures guru Dave Goodwin, who delivered the best speech of the event, was able to restore normal service and those seated on the platform didn’t need to worry about an early check out from the Adelphi Hotel! 
The best news was that most people had an enjoyable few days in the self-styled 'real ale pubs capital of the Universe' (sorry, Sheffield-it says so in MerseyAle so it must be right!). Organized trips and crawls showcased local breweries and award-winning local pubs. The Members’ bar was drunk dry, so cider was tasted by those who might have thought they couldn’t. Retiring NE member Bob Stukins reminisced afterwards about the Who (they appeared here in the 1970’s) and our very own Regional Director (who could have reminisced about his beloved Everton but didn’t) celebrated his election to the top table and a comfy chair at the next meeting in Bournemouth.


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Wetherspoon City Centre Ale Festival

During the AGM the City Centre Wetherspoon's will have additional popup bars offering a total of 96 ales. See list below.

CAMRA AGM bar noticeWSBeers

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Branch Chair Welcome

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As Chair of Liverpool and District CAMRA I would like to extend a warm welcome to those CAMRA Members who are visiting Liverpool this weekend to attend the Members Weekend. It is an honour to host this flagship CAMRA event and are looking forward to showing members from all over the country the fantastic array of pubs and breweries this city has to offer. I think it is fair to say we have something for everyone, from ornate architectural establishments to intimate back street boozers, all serving a wide variety of beers from small micros to the well-established national breweries.
A revised edition of our free Liverpool Pub Map has been produced in time for the event and if you have not already received one in your Members pack they can be picked up at the Guild or at various pubs throughout the city.
Myself and other members of the Committee will be at the Meet and Greet in the North Western on Lime Street/ Station Concourse from 4pm until 9pm tonight (Thursday 31st March) to answer any questions you may have; pub maps will also be available. There will be a mini beer festival as well as a Meet the Brewer with Local Brewery Peerless.
On behalf on the local branch I would like to wish you a happy stay in our magnificent city, and hope you enjoy the fantastic array of pubs and local beers we have to offer.

Sonia James-Henry

Branch Chair, Liverpool & Districts CAMRA

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LocAle Walks 2016

If you were unable to register for the LocAle Pub walks at the Members Weekend 2016 or would simply like to do them another time here they are. Numbers in brackets refers to pub number on the New Real Ale Pub Map which can be found here

LocAle Walk 1

Start - (2) Augustus John , Peach Street, L3 5TX

(42) Pen Factory, 13 Hope St, L1 9BQ

(New) Mackenzie's, 32, Rodney St, L1 2TQ

(29) Grapes, cnr of Knight St / Roscoe St ,L1 9DW

(9) Bridewell, 1 Campbell Sq, L1 5FB

(35) Lime Kiln, 1 Fleet Street, L1 4AN

Finish - (14) Central, 31 Ranelagh Street, L1 1JP


LocAle Walk 2

Start - (10) Caledonia, 22 Caledonia St, L7 7DX

(24) Flute or (25) Fly in the Loaf – both on Hardman St, L1 9AS...your choice

(18) Crown Hotel, 43 Lime St, L1 1JQ

(21) Excelsior, 121-123 Dale St, L2 2JH

(59) Vernon Arms, 69 Dale St, L2 2HJ

(65) Ye Hole in the Ye Wall, 4 Hackins Hey, L2 2AW

Finish - (36) Lion Tavern, 67 Moorefields, L2 2BP


Other Walks


Walk 3

Start - (43) Peter Kavanagh's, 2-6 Egerton St,L8 7LY

(10) Caledonia, 22 Caledonia St, L7 7DX

(6) Belvedere, 5 Sugnall St L7 7EB

(64) Ye Cracke 13 Rice St L1 9BB

(29) Grapes, corner of Knight St / Roscoe St ,L1 9DW

(53) Roscoe Head, 24 Roscoe St L1 2SX

(19) Dispensary, 87 Renshaw St, L1 2SP

Finish - (18) Crown Hotel, 43 Lime St, L1 1JQ


Walk 4

Start - (3) Baltic Fleet, 33a Wapping, L1 8BQ

(9) Bridewell, 1 Campbell Sq, L1 5FB

(14) Central, 31 Ranelagh Street, L1 1JP

(40) North Western, 7 Lime St, L1 1RJ

(54) Ship & Mitre, 133 Dale St, 2JH

(58) Thomas Rigby's, L2 2EZ

Finish - (36) Lion Tavern, 67 Moorefields, L2 2BP


Walk 5

Start - (37) Ma Boyle's, 2 Tower Gardens, L3 1LG

(65) Ye Hole in the Ye Wall, 4 Hackins Hey, L2 2AW

(60) Victoria Cross, 1-2 Sir Thomas Sat, L1 6BW

(27) Globe, 17 Cases St L1 1HW

(50) Richard John Blackler, Charlotte Row L1 1HU

(38) Ma Egerton's 9 Pudsey St L1 1JA

Any comments / feedback? Please email the locAle Coordinator or tweet @LiverpoolCAMRA

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The Caledonia

caledonia From Tuesday 24th March to Monday April 4th included anyone who can present a membership card will get 10% off all Real Ale and Real Cider in their order.

Meals are served 5-9 Mon-Fri and 12-6 Sat and Sun and are all £5. There will also be a roast on Sunday which is £6. All our meals are homemade and their are lots of veggie and vegan options too, including Sunday roast.

The full schedule of music can be found at and there is also a bio page which gives further info about all the bands. All music events are free to attend.

Here's the weekends schedule

Friday 1st The Downtown Dixieland Band 9pm
Classic Dixieland and Trad Jazz 6 piece that have been playing in Liverpool pubs and venues for decades. Ft. special guest vocalists.

Saturday 2nd Alex Gavaghan Band 9pm
A modern spin on 60's Pop, Rock 'n' Roll, Doo-wop. All original material performed over two sets by local trio.

Sunday 3rd Martin Smith Quartet 4-7pm
Afternoon jazz from local mainstays. Performing original material and covers from a wide spectrum of influences. Nice easy music for a laid back Sunday afternoon.Martin Smith Jazz Quartet med

Monday 4th Jessie & the Vaqueros + Sharna-Mae & the Mayhems 8.30pm
We welcome two female fronted classic rockabilly bands touring the UK together. Playing a mixture of originals and covers.

For further details on The Caledonia check out the What pub entry


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Shiverpool Walk

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Explore haunted Liverpool taking in its ghostly past. Be entertained by theatrical performances bringing Liverpool's grisly history to life, visiting some of the city's historic pubs to restore yourself with real ale. Walk through Liverpool's Georgian Quarter, calling at 4 Liverpool pubs, and learn about a different history of Liverpool. Includes 3 pints.

To book, please go to the Members Weekend Website

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Trip to the Cricketers Arms, St Helens

IMAG0945(Regional Pub and Cider Pub of the Year 2015)
The trip to this multi-award winner coincides with their Spring Beer and Cider Festival. 23 beers will be on handpull throughout and there will be 10 real ciders from more unusual suppliers. Wristbands will cost £30 and will include transport from Liverpool (approx 30 mins on a coach), food and your alcoholic drinks for the duration of the trip.

To book, please go to the Members Weekend Website

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In addition to exploring Liverpool and its vibrant pub scene, you may like to book one of the organised brewery trips and pub crawls. We have a range of walks and trips to award-winning pubs. Trips vary, but most include food and drink samples.

Trips take place on Friday and Saturday and include those below.

For details on other trips please check out the Trips page on the National AGM Website

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How You Can Help

We think each day requires around 60 volunteers to act as staff at the event and there is a wide variety of work to be done for as long or short a time as you can offer.

If you are interested in helping in any way at all then please contact the staffing officer so we can keep you informed. Once it becomes clearer what it is exactly we require we’ll let you know.

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