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North of England & Scottish Section Annual Lunch 2017

The 2017 Annual Lunch of the Northern Section of the BFBi was held on Friday 24th February 2017 at the Midland Hotel Manchester.  A total of 229 attended a fantastic day.  Section Chairman, Chris Bayliss, welcomed all to the event and introduced the top table guests, including Ruth Evans MBE, BFBi Chief Executive, Peter Lawley, BFBi National Chairman, Paul Hancox, Midland Section Chairman, Martin Hobbs, London Section Representative, Will Rogers, Western Section Chairman and David Smith IBD Northern Chairman.

The Industry guest speaker was Paul Currie founder of The Lakes Distillery, who opened the distillery in December 2014 and has already, won many awards for its range of outstanding spirits. His dream was always to set up a distillery and in the mid 1990’s he and his father set up the Isle of Arran Distillery. This distillery won many awards and is now a well-established malt whisky brand.

Comedian Billy Flywheel regaled all with his unique style of humour and illusions and had one or two members fixed to their seats!!

This year’s Table Top Exhibitors were, Lemon Top Creative, Reflex Label Plus, Klenzan Ltd, Murphy & Son, Brewfitt Ltd., Moody Heat Exchangers, Cornelius, QCL BeerLab, atgUV Technology, Holchem Laboratories, BevEx, MF Refrigeration, and Dixon Group. Thank you all for your support.

The Section would like the thank the following Brewers for supplying cask beer for this event;
The Chairman’s Cask was Wizard, supplied by Robinsons Brewery, Stockport.
Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Tennents Lager, Bank Top Brewery, Magic Rock Brewery, James Holt Brewery, Wrexham Lager, Phoenix Brewery and Marstons Brewery Jennings Bitter.

Again the Fiver in an envelope raffle took place and the following were the lucky ones:

First Prize donated by the Section was a £200.00 Amazon voucher and was won by Matthew Fancy from Klenzan;

Second prize, one night stay for two, dinner, bread & breakfast donated by the Midland Hotel was won by Dave McMinn, guest of MF Refrigeration:

Third prize was a round of golf for 4 people donated by The Warrington Golf Club:

Fourth prize was a bottle of fine Scotch whisky kindly donated by the BFBi National Chairman, Peter Lawley was won by Simon Knox, guest of Edwin Holdens.

The Section wish to acknowledge Centriflow Services Ltd for providing the cask bars and dispense equipment and to Kevin Mitchell for co-ordinating the supply of beer for the event.

Note for your diary.   The 2018 Luncheon will be held on Friday 9th March 2018 at the Queens Hotel Leeds.

BFBi North of England & Scottish Section Cheque Presentation

This year’s Chairman Chris Bayliss, nominated The Ronald McDonald Children’s House at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool as his chosen charity for 2016.

The House is run by an independent registered charity called The Alder Hey Family Trust.

The largest Ronald McDonald House in Europe and a proud symbol of our ongoing partnership with children's hospitals in the UK, the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital can accommodate up to 84 families a night.

Originally opened in 1993, with just 26 rooms, the House has undergone two significant expansions and has welcomed over 16,000 families in its history. It now has a total of 69 family bedrooms as well as the extra provision of 15 family apartments for families that are due to stay for prolonged periods. The apartments sleep a family of four/five and are complete with lounge, bathroom and open plan kitchen and dining area - a real 'home away from home' for families that may stay at the House for more than six months.

In 2015, the House helped 1,458 families stay close to their children in hospital.

Our picture shows Chairman Chris handing over a cheque for £500.00 to Gill Wilson, Fund raising Organiser for the House.  We as a Section are proud to be supporters of this wonderful Charity.


North of England & Scottish Section Golf Day 2016       

The Northern Section of the BFBi held their annual Golf Day at The Warrington Golf Club on Friday 13th May 2016.  Chairman, Chris Bayliss, welcomed 27 members and guests to a well-presented golf course on a beautiful warm and sunny day. This weather was in complete contrast to previous years when every player got drenched!

Teams from Alectia Ltd, Brefitt Ltd, City Dispense Services, Hallamshire Brewery Services, Klenzan, Murphy & Son Ltd, Parker Hannifin and Warrington Golf Club took part in the competitions.

As usual the competition was an individual Stableford with the Brewers and Traders competing for the Porteus Challenge Trophy, which the Traders were defending. 
The fiercely contested yellow ball competition took place alongside the Stableford contest.  National Vice Chairman, Peter Lawley, Murphy & Son, and his team managed to complete the 18 holes with losing the yellow ball and had the best score.

This year the Brewers won the Porteus Trophy and was presented by the Chairman to Danny Payne from Heineken Tadcaster.

The Section would like to thank BFBi, Klenzan and Parker Hannifin for their generous sponsorship of the event.


Porteus Challenge Cup winners - Brewers

Centenary Cup – awarded to the overall winner -Steve Parker, Parker Hannifin

Runner-up Brewer - John Isherwood WGC

Runner-up Trader - Keith Hall, City Dispense.

Nearest the pin on 9th - John Isherwood WGC

Nearest the pin on 13th - John Isherwood WGC

Longest drive on 14th under 13 handicap - Nigel Hall Klenzan

Nearest the pin in two strokes on 7th - Nigel Hall Klenzan.

North of England & Scottish Section’s Annual Lunch 2016.

This year’s event was held at the Queens Hotel Leeds on Friday 26th February and the incoming Chairman, Chris Bayliss, welcomed 240 members and guests.  Once again, the Lunch was preceded by a table top exhibition featuring Brewfitt Ltd, Processing Technologies, Klenzan, Holchem Laboratories, Manitowoc, Murphy& Son Ltd, Packo Pumps, MF Refrigeration and Beatson Clark.

The industry speaker this year was Sam Moss, founder of Leeds Brewery.  Sam began life in the North of England studying history in York University before opening Leeds Brewery in 2007 and now has a brewing capacity of 300 barrels a week.   Steve Daly, the first football player to transfer for more than £1M in 1978 kept everybody amused with tales of his life in the sport.

Again the wonderful Ian Maclean Jazz Quartet provided music with their style of well-known tunes. 

The Section would like to thank the following brewers for providing excellent beers for the event, Frederic Robinson for filling the Chairman’s cask, Magic Rock Brewery, Inveralmond Brewery, Howard Town Brewery, Leeds Brewery,  Grey Hawk Brewery  and Saltaire Brewery.

A special thanks to Alistair McInnes and Centriflow Cellar Services for providing and setting up the dispense stations and Kevin Mitchell for procuring the beers.

A note for your diaries, the 2017 Lunch will be held on Friday 24th February at the Midland Hotel, Manchester.

Northern Section Golf Day – June 2015

The North of England & Scottish Section of the BFBi held their annual Golf day at Warrington Golf Club, Warrington, Cheshire on Friday 26th  June 2015.

Once again, the Porteus Challenge Cup, Brewers Versus Traders, was up for grabs with the Traders defending the Trophy.
Twenty-three players graced a well-prepared course which was a credit to the Course Manager and his team.  However, it would not be the BFBi at Warrington if the players did not get a drenching.  None of the weather forecasting experts predicted a heavy 40 minute downpour around 4.00 pm!!  Still that did not dampen the spirits of the golfers and some fine scores were recorded.

As usual, the dreaded Yellow Ball competition took place alongside the Stableford Competition, but only one team,  Parker Hannifin, managed to complete the course without losing the Yellow ball.

The Traders retained the Trophy with a convincing 168 points to 141 win over the Brewers.  Curtis Paxman received the Porteus Trophy on behalf of the Traders from the Captain of Warrington, Steve Collier.

The Section would like to thank the BFBi, Klenzan, Kieselmann UK and Parker Hannifin for their generous sponsorship of the event.


Porteus Challenge Cup Winners …………. Team Traders

Centenary Cup awarded to the overall winner………Kieron Morrow (Morrow Brothers)

Runner up Brewer                                  Jack Bromley (WGC)
Runner up Trader                                   Jack Peters (Parker Hannifin)
Nearest the pin 9th hole                         Nigel Hall ( Klenzan)
Nearest the pin 16th hole                       Michael Mahoney (Kieselmann UK)
Longest drive 14th up to 12 handicap    Nigel Hall ( Klenzan)
Longest drive 14 th 13+ handicap          Gerard Crompton (Morrow Brothers)
Nearest the pin on 7th in 2                     Kieron Morrow (Morrow Brothers)
Yellow Ball Competition                          Team Parker Hannifin.

BFBi Northern Section Annual Luncheon Held 27th February 2015

This year’s Northern Section Annual Luncheon was held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on 27th February.  The Chairman, Liam Morrow hosted an excellent day with the lunch being preceded by a table top exhibition attended by Dixon Group Europe Ltd, Klenzan Ltd, Envireau Water, Logopak Ltd, Moody plc, Holchem Ltd, Murphy & Sons, Packo, Solvair Ltd, Sealed Air, Diversey UK Ltd, Crusader Kegs and Casks Ltd, Brewfitt Ltd and MF Refrigeration Ltd.  

This allowed for a great networking opportunity and helped to make the day a fantastic success.  The industry speaker Stephen Crawley Chairman of Ooberstock provided a very interesting and informative talk and was very well received, as was the comedian, Lea Roberts.  Numbers in attendance were a record 252.

The Section Committee would like to to thank the following brewing companies for supplying beers for the event: Bank Top; Timothy Taylors; Joseph Holt; Hydes; J W Lees; Wrexham Lager and Magic Rock Brewery.  Thanks to Alistair McInnes and Centriflow Cellar Services for setting up the dispense stations and to Kevin Mitchell for procuring the beers.


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