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Label Of The Year Charity 2018

We are pleased to announce that our hosts for the 35th edition of LOTY, Arkell’s Brewery Ltd, have chosen a local charity.

The charity is the very deserving Prospect Hospice, based in Swindon.

We are all aware of the care provided by hospices around the country.

So we look forward to all of you making a special effort once again this year.

Thank you in advance for parting with loads of dosh!

AGM this Saturday @ Shepherd Neame

Just to remind you that we are fortunate to be holding this year’s AGM at Britain’s oldest brewer in Faversham.

You can find the full timetable here AGM Timetable

IMPORTANT: If you are planning on joining the brewery tour then please wear closed toe footwear!!!!

If you wear sandals or flip flops or similar, you don’t get to do the tour. Health & Safety requirement, no excuses. End of!!

Also if you should need reminding further, the labels up for auction can be found here AGM Auction Labels

We look forward to seeing lots of you on Saturday.

Where’s It gone , Then?

We are continuing with the site update & you will notice a good number of the ‘old favourites’, have disappeared.

All of our galleries can now be found under the top level Label Galleries button.

Some of the names have also changed, but we think you will find your way around with no trouble. If not let us know!

Featured Breweries have become Geographical and the old Gallery has become A to Z Gallery.

The others are pretty much the same, but a few entries will be moving to new homes.

Any feedback or comments (polite ones please) are always welcome

Did You See It, Yet

What are they waffling about today, you may well ask.

Well those regular visitors may notice some changes to the placing of items on our main menu.

This is the very first stage of a planned upgrade to the site.

Various items will be moving as we re-organise prior to a much needed facelift.

This will take some time as we are planning this very carefully, unlike some people we could mention.

So fear not, our blog pages will keep you aware the changes, as the elves juggle their widgets & thingamajigs.

As we celebrate the 35th edition of Label Of The Year (LOTY) and the 60th anniversary of the founding of our Society.

It is we feel, fitting that we can join with our hosts for this year, Arkell’s Brewery Ltd in Swindon, to celebrate their 175th anniversary.

We have mentioned elsewhere that the Society needs to define it’s path for the future, so for the first time our premier meeting will be held on a Friday.

So please add to your diary in BIG RED letters, Friday October 5th (just like that). More details will follow as they become available, but please book the days off.

So please join us at Arkell’s & help to push our running total of money raised for charity, past the £70,000 mark.

AGM @ Shepherd Neame – The Auction

OK so we are closing in on yet another AGM. A very important one this year, so in addition to your desire to help shape the future of the Society.

You will no doubt be interested to see what is up for grabs in the auction. Wonder, no more, the images follow below



We look forward to seeing a good crowd in Faversham!


Where –  at the upper room of the Royal Oak, a Harvey’s of Lewes pub, 44 Tabard Street, London, SE1 4JU

When – Saturday July 28th starting at 12 noon

How do I get there – Nearest Underground Station – Borough on the Northern Line

What shall I drink – A wide range of Harvey’s beers are generally available, including the Sussex 3% XX Mild and the 3.5% Pale.

Can I get something to eat – A wide range of food is also available including sandwiches & Borough Market is close by.

Members of the BHS, PHS and the ABBC are especially welcome to join us, for  a chat about all things beer (especially beer labels).

Breweriana to sell or you just want to know more about Great Uncle Stan’s pride & joy?

Bring it to the Royal Oak and turn it into cash or at least find out what it may be worth.!

Old UK beer labels fetch good prices at our meetings, you might be pleasantly surprised.

There will be an auction of beer labels from the Des Clarke Collection during the meeting, but bidding on these labels is only open to members of the Labologist’s Society.

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th July

This is how the programme for the day looks so far. The meeting will take place in the Function Room of the Brewery Visitor Centre.

12.30pm to 1.30pm approx. – AGM (with an official welcome at 12.30pm)

1.45pm to 2.30pm – Label Auction

2.30pm to 3.30pm – Brewery Tour (concentrating on the history of the brewery)

3.30pm to 4.30pm – Buffet in the Brewery Visitor Centre

At 4.30pm it will be necessary for us all to move to the bar area

Those who prefer not to do the tour would be welcome to go to the bar instead once the auction is over.

 Beer, soft drinks and the buffet are being provided courtesy of the host brewery. We are told that the food provided will consist of the following

Assorted thick cut, generously filled sandwiches
Homemade individual savoury tartlets
Herby potato wedges with tomato ketchup
Homemade Spitfire sausage rolls with ale mustard
Garlic and thyme marinated chicken wings

To walk from the station to the brewery takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Alight at Faversham Station. Cross the road, bearing left and turn right into Preston Street. Walk to the bottom of road through the pedestrian area. Turn left into East Street then right through the Square into Court Street. The Brewery is on your left.

Train services to Faversham from London (Victoria) and London St Pancras International, are provided by Southeastern Trains.

There are no car parking facilities at the Brewery – but there is a pay and display car park in Partridge Lane, which runs down the side of the Visitor Centre.

There is also a large Tesco’s car park across the road, but there may well be a time limit on parking there.

Any queries to our Meetings Secretary, Eric Doré.  A location map including the brewery and all local car parks can be obtained from Eric if you need one. There is no need to book and no booking fees etc to pay.  Please just turn up on the day and come to the Visitor Centre, 11 Court Street, on the corner of Partridge Lane and Court Street.


Meeting This Saturday

Just a quick reminder that our Spring meeting is this Saturday in Peterborough. Kick off midday.

There will be a further auction of labels from  the Des Clarke collection. The pics have appeared on the blog already.

This link will take you there for a reminder

Just to remind you the pub looks like this

Brewery Tap Peterborough


Nalder & Collyer items

We received the following enquiry yesterday & I said that we would add to the blog.

Hello, I am interested in trying to find genuine pieces with the name
Nalder printed on, I have looked around the web and would like to know
if any of your members have any or know where I can buy such items.
Thanks in advance,

Jason Nalder

When I replied I did advise that these labels are fairly uncommon & can be expensive.

However if you should wish to get in touch with Jason, zapp me a quick message to members@

Thanks in advance

Pete S