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Clock House Major Fire!The Clock House in Chideock suffered a major fire last week. The building was gutted and the A35 closed to allow the fire to be fought. Nobody was hurt in the tragedy, but the landlord and his family lost all their possessions and their home.
Despite this, Mike Long and his family are determined to keep the business going and are planning to hold another Beer Festival starting May 22nd. Click the picture for details.
  Dated 16/04/15.
Spring 2015 - Issue 21 already! Our 21st Giant Dongle with news of our Pub Of The Year award. News from Dorchester Beerex festival and plenty of other articles and items.   Dated 13/03/15.
Photos of recent Branch Trip to the Purbecks! A year on from the great trip to Derby and the Dales, Rich arranged a more local event this year. See photos of the trip on our web page here.   Dated 13/03/15.
Weymouth's quayside Royal Oak named Pub Of The Year! The Royal Oak on Weymouth harbourside has been named as West Dorset Pub of the Year. Dorset Echo article with full details.   Dated 15/2/15.
Beerex Tickets - Online sales closed All remaining tickets are now being returned ready for Festival opening on Friday - there may still be a chance to buy tickets by visiting the festival admissions desk.   Dated 3/2/15.
Beerex Tickets - latest: All outlets have tickets for Friday Lunchtime:
Goldies in Dorchester has some for other sessions:
      Friday night x17
      Saturday lunch x4
      Saturday night x15
The Boot in Weymouth also has some Friday Evening ones.  Dated 19/1/15.
Lyme Regis Festival again in 2015!! Now in its 5th year, the Lyme Regis Beer festival 2015 will feature more local breweries than ever before.  Dated 15/1/15.
A few more Saturday Night Beerex Tickets have become available!! Click here to buy them. Our on-line sales function has been allocated 10 more tickets for the Saturday PM session. If you missed out earlier, here is a brief second chance!  Dated 5/1/15.
Beerex Tickets now on sale!! Click here to buy them. Tickets usually sell out quickly - so make sure of yours now!   Dated 1/1/15.
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.
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.

The website provides information about our activities locally. You can find out more about who we are, our branch meetings & social activities. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

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