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Eastern Section’s Annual Dinner Robinson’s College 30th March 2017.

The section’s annual celebration saw 120 BFBi members and guests treated to a fantastic evening of food, friendship and entertainment. As always the six course meal was of the highest quality and guests were treated to an excellent selection of paired beers with each course.

The section would like to pass on particular thanks to the following beer sponsors:

Oakham Ales
Wild Beer 

The Chairman’s charity this year was BLISS; a UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families.  The chairman spoke about his family’s personal experience of the charity and the importance of the work that they do.  The evening’s charitable donations raised over £1,300 for the charity, with the envelopes used as raffle tickets for the prize draw.  The chairman would like to extend his personal thanks to the generosity of everyone attending and to the committee members for their raffle prize donations.

The guests were then invited to become airline pilots for the evening by guest speaker, David Gunson.  David who was an ex RAF pilot and air traffic controller talked us enjoyably through the ups and downs of our short lived pilot career!

The evening was rounded off with a number of presentations.  The section had reintroduced their indoor cricket matches who this year saw Muntons “B” team triumph; George Irving collected the trophy on the winner’s behalf.  There was also a special Chairman’s presentation made to David Green to celebrate his 44 years service to the malt industry.  The award, acknowledging his retirement in August this year, was an engraved tankard which was promptly filled with his favourite tipple; lager tops!
The final act of the evening was the handing over of the section jewel along with a change of office as Richard Howe passed on the baton to Simon Wallace.  The Chairman would like to once again the committee for their help and support over the previous two years and wish Simon all the very best for his time in the chair.

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

The ever popular Eastern Section charity international five a side tournament took place at Debenham sports centre.  8 mens and 2 ladies teams battled it out in over 2 hrs of intensive football. Once again we were treated to a feast of footballing talent and team kits! In the end Nidera ran out as the winners for the mens and once again Nidera ladies triumphed in their competition.   Speical mention must go out to the All stars team for getting together and playing to even up the mens competition.

All particpants enjoyed a drink and a curry post the event and the Eastern Section would like to thank the match and dinner sponsors: Fengrain, Frontier, Nidera and Openfield for their generouisty. We would also like to extend our thanks to Simon Wallace for running the event and to Amos Owen and Tom Barker for refereeing the games.

The evening raised £200 for Motor Neurone Diesease Association.

All Stars


EASTERN QUIZ - Tuesday 8th November 2016
Victory Sports ground BSE

A new venue welcomed the annual quiz grudge match between the trade and the brewers.  With over 50 entrants and the majority of them being made up from the trade both new and old faces, the scene was set for a strong showing from last year’s losers.  The single brewers team were going to face an up hill struggle. 

Our resident Quiz master, Mr Alan Pateman, set a range of high level questions throughout the evening, ably assisted by Mr George Irving in collating and keeping the scores.

The end result; yet another brewers win!  A good night was had by all.

The Eastern Section Committee would like to extend their thanks to Alan Pateman, for preparing and running the Quiz, George Irving for assisting and last but not least Julie Dunger for running the bar and preparing the evenings supper.  Thanks also to Kit Wells for sponsoring the winners “bonus”.  Finally we would also like to thank Openfield for sponsoring the venue and supper.


Eastern Section Dinner, Robinson College, 14th April 2016

An excellent turnout of 170 BFBi Members and Guests attended Robinson College on the evening of 14th April.

As always, an excellent meal was matched by a number of equally excellent beers.  Special thanks go to:

Beavertown Brewery
Daleside Brewery
Elgood & Sons
Greene King
Little Valley Brewery
Oakham Ales
Titanic Brewery
Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales

This year’s Chairman’s Charity was the Motor Neurone Disease Association (  Rob Sanderson of Member Company Openfield spoke about the Association and received a cheque of £2,130 from the proceeds of the raffle.  Thanks go to all who so generously donated.

Other presentations, on the night, included the new cricket trophy (to Kit Wells MBE, representing the BFBi Barbarians); a medal to Mike Norfolk, Muntons for sausage consumption and, last but very much not least, Life Membership to Alan Ridealgh, Muntons, in recognition of his significant contribution to BFBi Eastern Section.

The Eastern Dinner is enjoying an upsurge in attendance.  It is hoped that next year’s dinner, being held on 30th March 2017, can exceed 200.  If it does, there may well be some extra entertainment for those attending…..

BFBi five a side 24 November 2015

7 Gents teams and 2 ladies teams took part in the annual Championship held at Debenham Sports Centre.  After 2 ¾ of what can only be described as intense football action, Nidera B team ran out as eventual winners of the mens league with the Nidera All Star ladies/boys under 10 squad taking the honours.  Worthy of special mention were the heroic goalkeeping skills of Mike Norfolk from Muntons who threw himself about with reckless abandon for the cause.

As usual these events come down to the attendees and volunteers without whom we could not operate.  Special thanks to Amos Green for Referring, Simon Wallace for devising the order of play schedule.  A very big thank you to Nidera and Openfield for sponsoring the event.

Eastern Section Quiz Night 2015

The annual Eastern Section BFBi quiz night took place on Tuesday 10th November 2015 at Greene King’s brewery tap.  The annual event which attracted over 50 participants saw quiz master Alan Pateman pose questions to the 10 teams. With 6 Traders teams and 4 brewers teams, one of which was borrowed from the traders number, made the points scoring less straightforward than usual.  The result on the night was so close that in the end it was decided by the toss of a coin. 

Eastern Section would like to extend their thanks to Greene King and Craig Bennett for hosting the event, to Boortmalt for sponsoring and to Alan Pateman for being an excellent Quiz master.

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Visit to Ipswich Grain Terminal

On Thursday 22nd October BFBi Eastern section were kindly taken on a tour of the Ipswich Grain Terminal, owned and operated by Nidera.  Members were treated to cakes and pastries on arrival before Tim Capey, Operations Director for the terminal, gave the attendees a very interesting and in depth explanation of the history of the operation, which handles over 800,000tonnes a year of product  followed by a tour of the facility.  The group witnessed first hand vessels being loaded and discharged with varying products covering fertiliser to rice!

Eastern Section would like to extend their thanks to Nidera and in particular the team at the Ipswich Terminal for their time to conduct the tour which made for a very interesting afternoon. 

Annual Dinner 2015

This year’s BFBi Eastern Section Dinner was held on Thursday 26th March 2015 when 114 members and their guests returned to Robinson College, Cambridge, where a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

The Robinson College team, led by Christine James, provided everybody with a first class meal and hospitality. A wide selection of beers that had generously been donated ensured everybody was refreshed throughout the evening and proved to be excellent accompaniments to the meal.

Outgoing Chairman Will Compson gave a report and insight into the busy year that the Eastern Section had enjoyed.

Guest speaker Jim Brown OBE gave a very entertaining reply on behalf of the guests with his typical wit and wisdom that will stick in the minds of many.

Incoming Chairman Richard Howe took charge of the successful raffle and auction, in aid of the evening’s charity, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity that raised nearly £1,500. Next year’s dinner will be held on 14th  April 2016.

Treatt Open Day - March 2015

On Tuesday, 3rd March saw Treatt open its doors to members and industry with a morning of presentations, afternoon tour of Treatt's facilities and networking with BFBi table top exhibitors.

Presentations were given by:

Patrick Miller, Boortmalt on "The Production & Characterisation of Coloured Malts"
John Forbes, Global Technical Support Manager, Treatt on "An Introduction to Citrus"
Charlotte Atignani, R&D Manager, Treatt on "Citrus Oils, from Drum to Draught"
Alison Capper, Stocks Farm (Hop Growers) and British Hop Association on "The Science Behind the Unique Terroir of British Hops - What makes Them Unique in the World?"

Technical information was also available from the table top exhibitors:

Aquabio Ltd - European leader in industrial wastewater treatment, notably in membrane bioreactor technology and water recycling and reuse.

Little Green Consulting - A UK based consultancy specialising in the environment and business continuity and founded in 2008 in response to the growing demand for services in each of these sectors.

Crisp Malting Group Ltd - Producing malt since 1870, the Crisp Malting Group is the leading privately owned maltster in the UK and the only privately held malting company operating in both Scotland and England.

Muntons Plc - A significant international player in the supply of malts, malt extracts, flours and flakes and many other malted ingredients relevant to the food and drinks industry exporting around half of its production. In addition, Muntons also manufacture an extensive range of beer, wine and cider making kits, which are also sold globally.

Neumo UK Ltd - A well-known and trusted source of stainless steel products that are specifically selected for the dairy, food, beverage, biogas, water, pharmaceutical & biotech industries.  

Xylem - Manufacturer and supplier of a full range of air (CO2) and electrically operated diaphragm pumps for the dispensing of beer, BIB syrups, fruit juices, smoothies condiments and water, top mounted magnetically coupled centrifugal pumps for safe, leak-free cost effective handling of chilled & carbonated fluids for beer and soft drink cooling.


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