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Beerex details on-line! The Beerex Web site has information about the new main sponsors and sponsorship opportunities.   Dated 19/12/14.
Black Dog Broadmayne re-opens!! We've just been told that the Black Dog has re-opened. There have been various rumours about its future, but nothing definite. Our correspondent wrote "Just to let you know that the Black Dog in Broadmayne reopened this week. I popped in last night - they had Bath Gem, Tribute & Doom Bar"   Dated 12/12/14.
Winter 2014/15 issue of Giant Dongle! Our 20th issue is published, just in time for the Festive Season. Information about February's Beerex festival and lots of features and articles.   Dated 7/12/14.
Ferrybridge, Wyke Regis pub at risk. Two Planning applications have been put in for redevelopment of this site. The council web site contains details: Search for "last 4 weeks" and "Ferrybridge" to see them. Local people are already registering their comments. Application WP/14/00921/OUT is the only one which includes a pub. The other is for a development of flats only and therefore would result in Wyke losing one of its two remaining pubs.   Dated 19/11/14.
Parliament votes for Pubco reform. A vote to end the "beer tie" was passed last night - apparently the only defeat for a government bill since 2010. The intent of the measure is to allow pubs belonging to big companies the option to have a fair market rent and to buy their products on the open market - like most other businesses. Many landlords have complained that they were obliged to pay rents well above the market rates and in addition to that had to pay hefty "wholesale" prices for their stock, which they could only get from the owning company's nominated suppliers. More details including some example prices in this BBC article.   Dated 19/11/14.
Parkstone Beer Festival is on 28th to 30th of November. This is held at the CAMRA Award winning Poole Ex-Servicemen's Club, which is about 10 - 12 minutes walk from Parkstone Railway Station. Main details on this poster.  Dated 16/11/14.
Sherborne Rugby Club has a Beer Festival next Friday. We've just been told of this festival starting at 7pm on Friday 7th. See Festivals page for more detail.  Dated 2/11/14.
Local Brewer wins Beer of Festival at Octoberfest. Newly opened Cerne Abbas Brewery wins the public vote as Beer of festival at Weymouth Octoberfest. Runner up was Sixpenny IPA from Sixpenny Brewery in Sixpenny Handley. With over 40 beers from the Severn valley and surrounding areas and a further 20 plus from Dorset, there was strong competition - so congratulations to these worthy winners. In the cider competition, Marshwood Vale Cider took the honours with their Elder Cider.  Dated 16/10/14.
Albert Inn cleared for flats conversion. Weymouth Councillors have decided in favour of the planning application for converting the last pub in Wyke Village into flats. Today's Dorset Echo carries the story.  Dated 16/10/14.
Octoberfest 2014 issue of Giant Dongle! Our 19th issue is published, just in time for next weeks Beer Festival. Lots of features and articles.   Dated 27/09/14.
Beer Festival at The Clifton on Portland this weekend. We've just heard of this festival starting on Friday. No other details yet...  Dated 23/9/14.
Yet one more! Hall and Woodhouse are running a charity beer fest at their Blandford Brewery on Saturday 27th September. Basic details here. Also see our festivals page for more.  Dated 15/9/14.
Beer festivals galore! It is getting hard to keep up! The latest to come to our notice is the Colliton Club in Dorchester who are running a festival in October. See our festivals page for the full list.  Dated 14/9/14.
The Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton has re-opened!! A brief announcement on the Buckland Newton community web site is copied below:
"The Gaggle of Geese has announced it is under new management. It will be open from 7.00 pm on Wednesday/ Thursday, from 6.30 pm on Friday, 12.00 noon and 6.30 pm on Saturday, and 12.00 noon on Sunday. Food now available."
No info yet on who is running it or what future plans are, but it is good to see it re-open and a real shame it had to close for three months of the best summer for some time. We'll let you know as more information becomes available.
  Dated 25/8/14.
Welcome to the website of the West Dorset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The Branch is run by a committed group of volunteers who are passionate about pubs, traditional ales, ciders & perries. As part of CAMRA we aim to maintain consumer rights and to promote quality, choice and value.

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