March branch meeting Tuesday 14th March 2017

Written by Tom Blakemore

Tuesday 14th March 2017 – Horse & Groom, Hatfield.

The March branch meeting will take place at the Horse & Groom, Hatfield from 8pm on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

In the heart of Old Hatfield, this supposedly haunted, sixteenth century, grade II-listed former timber framed and later brick clad building is also thought to house a priest hole. The pub serves up to six real ales, including Oakham JHB as a new regular beer. The pub also hosts three beer festivals per year. Tuesday is bangers and mash night, so if you buy a pint at the meeting you’ll be entitled to a free plate! On Saturday they have a similar arrangement, but instead of bangers and mash it’s is chilli and rice!

Hatfield railway and bus stations are a few minutes walk away via Blood & Guts alley – click here for directions.

If you’re coming by bus the 300, 301 and 724 all go to the station stops.

This will be the first branch meeting to undergo a new format. We will keep the business issues to a minimum, only discussing those requiring branch contribution/support. We will then have more time for campaigning discussions and other matters of interest.

This month we have invited Ben Gill, licensee of the Horse & Groom, to join us as a guest speaker and to host a Q&A session. It will be very interesting hearing his perspective on running a pub in these times and will provide us with an excellent opportunity to ask questions relevant to our current campaigns.


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of the last branch meeting
  4. New Committee
  5. Forward Plan and Key Activities for 2017
    • Activation of Membership – Questionnaire
    • Pub and Cider Pubs of the Year
    • Club of the Year
    • Campaigning and Social Events
    • Pub Preservation – Rates, Excise, Planning
    • Adopt a Pub
    • Pub Surveys
    • New Website
    • St Albans Beer and Cider Festival 2017
    • National AGM – Branch Motions
  6. Beer Break
  7. Speaker – Ben Gill, Landlord of the Horse and Groom on his time at the pub
  8. Pub and Brewery News in South Herts
  9. Questions and Answers
  10. Any Other Business

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