Passionate meeting sees community doing its bit to save Blundell Arms
THE campaign to save the Blundell Arms in Birkdale held a successful public meeting at Birkdale Conservative Club on Friday, November 30, writes Neville Grundy.
An attentive audience listened to speakers discussing various aspects of the campaign, including the possibilities of success and the obstacles that still remain to be overcome.
There were speeches from two of Southport’s parliamentary candidates: Labour’s Liz Savage and John Wright from the Lib Dems, both pledging support for the campaign. Three of us from Camra attended, and Mike Perkins addressed the meeting on behalf of the local branch.
After the speeches, the meeting was opened to questions from the floor, some of which were quite searching. While there is no doubt that in its final years the Blundell fell on bad times, the campaign is clear that they don’t intend to return to that sorry period of the pub’s existence.
Instead they wish to recreate it as a community centre as well as a pub with plans that include a dementia café, a children’s play area, food and a venue for functions.
My own memories of this pub come from attending the Bothy Folk Club there on most Sundays for 25 years until 2003 when the club moved.
Until the final years, it had been a perfectly decent street corner local, sadly the kind of pub that is disappearing from our communities.
I attended quite a few functions there myself, such as weddings, wakes and birthdays, including one of my own.
At the meeting, Jason McCormack stated that a video of the meeting is to be posted on the group’s Facebook page The Blundell Arms Community Pub – have a look for it. He also mentioned an online petition: I’ll give details here when I get them.
REAL ale sometimes comes in bottles, although not all bottled ales are real; check the label for the term “bottled conditioned” which means the fermentation was completed in the bottle.
Camra’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain for 2018 is Fuller’s 1845, which was announced at the BBC Good Food Show at the Birmingham NEC, following a series of local voting rounds and regional judging competitions throughout the year.
The 6.3% strong ale was described by judges as ‘rich and fruity, matured to perfection and easy drinking’.
Fuller’s is better known for the popular London Pride.
Temptation Imperial by Durham Brewery won silver, and St Austell’s Big Job won bronze.
A positive meeting has heard local politicians pledge support as well as ideas for the direction The Blundell Arms should take