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20th Annual Beer Festival report

You drank us dry!
20th Annual Hanover Beer Festival factfile:
– 800 people turned up — and a lot of them told us they can’t wait for the next time
– tickets for Friday night sold quickest — and out!
– The Greys sold more tickets than any other outlet
– there were no injuries, accidents or incidents
– the real ales and ciders all came from micro-breweries, and went down so well there wasn’t enough left for take-outs
– all the bar staff were unpaid volunteers
– Hanover Community Association knows local enterprises are the foundation of a thriving community, so we’re very pleased that so many choose to support the Hanover Centre and our events
– we’ve started a list of people who want to join in next year — as sponsors and/or staff. Contact us on to add your name
– once all the sponsorship is in and the bills are paid, we expect to announce a profit of at least £4,000
And our 20th Anniversary Roll of Honour…
The design — many thanks to multi-talented Ric Blow for designing the logo that launched a thousand glasses and sold out the limited edition T shirts (well almost – we still have a couple of small purple skinnifits for sale)
The souvenir glasses — extremely generously sponsored by Barrie Alderton Estate Agents, supplied by The Ale House, and protected from mishap on the way home by carrier bags donated by Sam & co at the Lewes Road Co-op
The drinks – Matt & Karen from the Evening Star for choosing, ordering and looking after the beer; Henry Butler of Butler’s Wine Cellar for stocking the wine bar; and Infinity Foods for donating soft drinks
Barrel sponsors — thanks to our regular supporters, particularly those who added an extra donation: Bonett’s Estate Agents, Brightel Datanet (communications systems), Brighton Morris Men, Brighton Pavilion Labour Party, Church of the Annunciation, City Car Club, Dover Castle, Goa – Spice of Life, Hanover & Elm Grove Green Councillors, Infinity Foods, Inside & Out (building & decorating), Johnson McCabe (solicitors), Maslen Estate Agents, Radio Cabs, Sea Breeze Fish & Chips, Sir Charles Napier, The Greys, The Lord Nelson, J A Tuffin & Co (accountants), Unison, University of Brighton, Vic Gates (builder), Victorians Valued, Wheeler’s Estate Agents and Wilkinson’s Estate Agents – and welcome and thanks to the people who joined in for the first time this year: Buzz/ Relentless Software (developers of computer games), Fitzgerald’s Plumbing (Kevin Fitzgerald will go down in history as sponsor of the last barrel in the world of Dark Star’s “Falmer for Ale”), Harmony in the Community (event production), Ingrained (wood flooring), Nancy Platts (who moved to Hanover this year), Special Blue (Gary Moore), and Woodingdean Carpentry (carpenter and builder Nick Stanford)
T shirt sponsors — thanks to the Evening Star, The Greys, Lord Nelson Inn, Dover Castle, Napier, Southover Wines and Goa, Spice Of Life, our unpaid staff looked the part
Production — Alan, Graham & team from ACA Scaffolding; Danny & crew from Harmony in the Community for marquees, overnight security, serving food and all the rest
The food – Mohammed and staff from the Goa restaurant for catering on Friday; Jan, Julian and staff from In2night for catering on Saturday; and Fanny (Fanny’s of Hanover) for supplying pies and sausage rolls for Saturday evening
Printing and publicity – Brian at Positive Exposure for the T shirts; Blow Up for printing the posters and tokens; Kate & co at the Resource Centre for printing and delivering all the programmes; all the local residents and businesses who displayed posters and spread the word; and Eve for her work on the newsletter and website.
Ticket sales — all the staff at The Greys, Dover Castle, Napier and Evening Star, and Mary & Eve at the Hanover Centre.
Safety – thanks to Mark and the team at the local Red Cross for First Aid cover, and to HSS for the extra fire extinguishers. All the local people who came along were determined to enjoy themselves in a happy atmosphere so there was no call on their services.
and the stars….
an extra special thankyou to so many wonderful people (I hope I got all your names, and spelt them right) who lent us stuff and/or offered to work for free — everything from daytime beerwatch, checking glasses, refreshments for the workers, printing and laminating signs, and setting up the venue – to serving beers, ciders and wines, selling tokens, T shirts and memorabilia, stewarding, and clearing up. Thankyou Alan, Alan, Alex, Alexia, Anthony, Chas, Danny, Graham, Greg, Hazel, Herb, Jackie, Jamie, Jan, Jane, Jane, Jill, Joe, John, Kath, Lisa, Lizzie, Malika, Mark, Martin, Mary, Matt, Matt, Michael, Miriam, Nancy, Nicky, Pete, Rob, RPJ, Rupert, Simon, Simon, Steve, Stuart, Stuart, Sue, Theo, Val, Yu Jin.
It was fun wasn’t it — see you next time!