CAMRA Hits Out at
Upper Basildon Pub Closure
Date: 15 October 2008
Status: For immediate use
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has hit out at the closure of the historic Beehive
Inn at Upper Basildon, Berkshire.
Staff arrived on Monday morning to be told that the popular pub was not going to
open, and by that evening the windows had been boarded up and the site fenced off.
Last year the owners of the pub applied for planning permission to close it and turn it
into a private house. Local villagers and members of CAMRA mounted a successful
campaign against the plans, which were eventually withdrawn. Since then the pub
has been turned around under a new manageress and reports indicate that it was
making a healthy income before its sudden closure.
Sandie Gill, Chairman of Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA, said, “The Beehive is the
hub of the local community. Across the country, 36 pubs close every week – that's
about 150 every month – and we don't want the Beehive to become just another
statistic. Once a pub’s gone, it’s gone forever.”
Local MP Richard Benyon added his support to the campaign against closure, saying
“It would be a real loss for the local community if the Beehive were to close for good.
Pubs are vital parts of the fabric of such communities - we must all do what we can to
give this pub a long term future.”
CAMRA is urging the pub owners to reconsider their decision to close the historic inn
and is appealing for anyone interested in taking it over to get in contact. Mrs Gill
added, “Some pubs are struggling in the current climate but the Beehive doesn’t
have to be one of them. The best solution for the village is for someone to take it on
as a going concern.”
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Notes to Editors
CAMRA – The Campaign for Real Ale
CAMRA is Britain’s largest consumer organisation with over 94,000 members.
It exists to maintain consumer rights and to promote quality, choice and value for
It supports the public house and campaigns for greater appreciation of traditional
beers, ciders and perries.
Real ale is a natural product brewed using traditional ingredients.
It matures in the cask from which it is served by a process called secondary
fermentation. Yeast continues to work in the cask and helps the rich flavours and
aromas of a fine real ale to develop.
It is not pressurised or pasteurised, and should be served refreshingly cool, not
warm or cold.
There are over 600 breweries in Britain, brewing around 2,500 different real ales.
For more information please contact:
Reading CAMRA: Phil Gill - 0771 455 0293
CAMRA local branch website: www.readingcamra.org.uk
CAMRA national website: www.camra.org.uk
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