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LOTY 2019

Just a quick update on today, more to follow.

A new record charity donation today at Adams PLC. A great day & many thanks to all who helped out & those who put their hands in their pockets.

We handed a cheque to Fresh Start – New Beginings for £3,300 RESULT!

In case you don’t read your emails or you have seriously upset your postie, then here are images of the labels for the auction on Saturday 7th September.

As you know we accept commission bids from MEMBERS ONLY. Send your bids to

A nice selection I am sure you will agree. We look forward to seeing you in Aylesbury

Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware!

We have had rather sad advice regarding a collector/seller in Australia.

We received the following letter from one of our members.

We have removed  identifying details, but none the less be aware that this may happen to any of us.

Sadly as many of you will be aware, this is not confined to the southern hemisphere.

We have received many reports of similar or worse behavior here in the UK.


London Meeting 27th July

OK so it’s been a while since we dragged the keyboard out. But, hey we have work, exams, holidays & seasonal viruses to contend with.

Not to mention the really important things in life.

You all are just chilling with a beer or three, enjoying our wonderful summer. (Well maybe just the beer then)

So we have our summer meeting with the guys from ABBC at the Royal Oak in Borough.

Once again there will be an auction for members only to take part in. Just one of the benefits of becoming a member of the Society.

To whet your appetite, images of what’s up for grabs appear below. Remember we do now accept commission bids from our members.

You will have received an email regarding this, if you are up to date with your subs!!



There may even be a surprise lot or two, for the benefit of those who are present on the day.

Nothing too rare, honestly


Welcome to J W Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

As you will already know if you were at the recent AGM. We are delighted to welcome J W Lees, to the Society as our latest Corporate Member.

A brief history & some example labels will appear on the relevant menu in the near future. I dare say Peter has plans for more label images to appear as soon as time allows.

Time has finally allowed, although still work in progress.

AGM Reminder

Yes it is that time again. AGM this Saturday at Harvey’s in Lewes.

Apparently some conflicting info out there re start time.

The AGM commences at 12.30, so please don’t arrive too early, but don’t be late either.

Hope to see a good crowd

Now we do not normally advertise events outside of our sphere of interest. However this is a worthy cause.

Anyone who knows Miles Jenner, will appreciate that he is without doubt an entertaining host. Miles has an alter ego who entertains.

We have been aware of this for some time & his entertaining has received well deserved critical acclaim. So you now have  the chance to experience this first hand.

So below is the text of an email from Miles together with a poster for the event. If you are able to support this please do. If not share on your social media.

Please forgive this unsolicited approach which, for once, has nothing to do with brewing, hops or the drinks industry.

Everyone needs a distraction from the pressures of running a brewery and mine has always been arts based. I am currently touring a new musical play which we premiered in pub theatre at Eastbourne last year. We then took it to the Brighton Fringe as well as venues Nottingham, South London and Sussex. This year we recently played at the Bury St Edmunds Fringe and are poised to do our next performance in Kent at Benenden on Sunday 12th May at 3.30. A poster image is attached.

I was hoping that you might be able to spread the word to friends and colleagues in Kent via whatever social media tools are available to you. We are performing at the Village Hall, alongside the Bull Inn – where some fine beers are available, including Larkins and our own.

It is a light hearted show that tells the life story of the music hall comedian Billy Merson (1881-1947) and the text is interspersed with sixteen of his comic songs. Music Halls originated in Public Houses, so there is a connection (!)

Full details can be found on our website which includes a short promotional video as well as booking links.

The show lasts for two hours and five minutes, including a twenty minute interval, and we have chosen a performance time that makes travelling easier. There are excellent car parks adjoining. Tickets are £10 (Concessions £8).

Interval catering has been organised by, and is in aid of, Hospice in the Weald and I am desperately trying to ensure that we have a worthwhile audience for them.

South East Today have asked to do a piece on my double life, highlighting Sunday’s performance, which is due to go out on Friday. Hopefully, this will generate a bit of interest but if a major story looms it could come to nothing and I am very much in nothing ventured nothing gained mode!

Obviously, it would be great if any of you were free and felt sufficiently inspired to come along but I appreciate it is short notice and not to everyone’s taste. I would be so grateful if you could spread the word, regardless.

With many thanks and best wishes,


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As already announced, the 2019 AGM will take place at Harvey’s on 8 June.

The formal meeting will take place in the upstairs Dining Room of the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Lane, off Cliffe High Street, opposite Harvey’s Bridge Wharf Brewery, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2AH.

There will also be plenty of opportunity for socializing, exchanging labels and consuming beer from the excellent Harvey’s range. A sandwich lunch and beer is being provided courtesy of the host brewery so please come along and enjoy the day.

The provisional timetable for the AGM is as follows

12.30pm to 1.30pm approx. – AGM – with official welcome from Miles Jenner at 12.30pm

1.30pm to 2.30pm – Lunch and socializing, etc.

2.30pm to 3.30pm – Label Auction

3.30pm – Relax, drink, short brewery tour with Miles.

Lewes Station (with regular train services from London Victoria) is a short walk from the brewery.

Car parking is not available at the brewery but there are two car parks close by.

As we always say, please do not drink and drive!

We are hoping to produce an illustrated booklet on the history of Harvey’s which will be available exclusively to those attending the AGM.

We have also hope that the current set of bottle labels to be available.

There will be a further opportunity to add to your label collection. As mentioned above, there will be an auction of older labels, but there will also be labels available to buy at bargain prices, from £1 a page. These are from a collection recently acquired by the Society. So, don’t miss out!

All in all, something for everyone so please come along and enjoy the day!

Bookings not required – and no fees to pay.

Members & Guests Only

See you there, we hope

Donnington Brewery

Following our extremely successful visit to the Donnington Brewery, we are delighted to welcome to the Society as our latest Corporate Member. Images of their labels & an extended history will appear on the relevant page in the near future.

An excellent day was had by all concerned, the weather was very kind & we had one of our largest turnouts for a good while. The brewery is in an truly stunning location & we were guided around by Johnny Arkell, ably assisted by the next generation of brewers, in young Freddy. We shall publish some pictures in the near future & a full write up on the day will appear in the newsletter & possibly a special edition of The Label Cable, our occasional electronic newsletter.

LOTY 2019 – Dates for the Diary

We are delighted to announce the following dates, for you to put in your diaries.

LOTY Judging Meeting – Saturday 7th September Venue: Kings Head, Kings Head Passage, Market Square, Aylesbury HP20 2RW

LOTY Charity Meeting – Saturday 12th October  Venue: Adnams PLC. Sole Bay Brewery, Southwold, IP18 6JW

and just in case you missed it, our summer meeting is as below

Saturday 27th July – Royal Oak, Tabard Street, Borough, London, SE1 4JU

More info will be published in due course, but expect great beer, great auctions, food & of course excellent company, of like minded people.


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