Albatross RAFA Club, Bexhill
In mid November, branch members trod a familiar path as they assembled at the Albatross Club for two presentations, the first being our Branch Club of the Year, being awarded to the club for the ninth consecutive year. With its five handpumps and policy to sign in CAMRA members for a limited number of occasions it is without peer amongst the clubs in the branch area. The presentation was made to Head Bar Steward, Karen Pelham and Assistant Head Bar Steward, Peter Fell. Branch Chair Peter Adams echoed something Karen had said at a number of previous presentations, that despite the number of CAMRA awards they have received they never take them for granted, saying that we did not take them for granted either, they and their hard work are much appreciated by us. Sadly the previous Club Chairman, John Leahy, who had guided the club over the time that it rose to prominence in CAMRA circles, died between the time we decided to make award and the presentation itself; he is much missed. The assembled company confirmed their appreciation of him and his contribution. Following this award, Area Organiser Peter Page-Mitchell then explained that the next stage for a branch club of the year was to compete for the Sussex Pub of the Year and he was pleased to award this to the Club too.