I was pleased to present the Winter Pub of the Season 2018 award to the Coach and Horses at Fenny Bentley on the 17th January. The award was presented to Matt and Chrissie Dawson at the family run Freehouse which is well known for it's excellent food and Real Ale. The regular real ale is well kept Pedigree with a rotating guest real ale. On our visit the guest ale was 'Goats Milk' from Church End Brewery in Nuneaton.

We are delighted to report that Maison Du Biere has won 'Pub of the Season Autumn 2018'. Jo and Matt only recently took over an old antiques shop in Ashbourne to setup Masion Du Biere dispensing craft beers from near and far, real ciders and hundreds of bottled beers and ciders. The bar follows the same format as their sister bar in Elsecar, South Yorkshire who also recently won 'Pub of the Season Summer 2018' presented by Barnsley CAMRA.

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See below, appreciative email received from Roger Cassidy (second right in the pic'), trustee of Aquabox, this year's Ashbourne CAMRA 2018 Beer & Cider Festival's nominated charity:

'Thank you for sending through the pictures of last Sunday night's presentation.

It was a great pleasure to come along to your meeting yesterday and receive the cheque.

Receiving over £500 was fantastic and with such a sum, we are able to supply an 'Aqua 12' (Box of 12 'Family' filters) and a Community filter. These 13 filters will provide enough water for over 400 people, and Ashbourne CAMRA's efforts will make a real difference to communities in the aftermath of a disaster.

I mentioned last Friday that we have seen an unprecedented demand for water filters over the past 2-3 months as a result of the natural disasters in Southern India, the Philippines and Indonesia, as well as the human tragedies that are unfolding in the Yemen and Cameroon, and I thought you would be interested in receiving and reading the attached article*.

Thanks once again for all of your support and, if the Ashbourne CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival is good enough to choose Aquabox as their nominated charity next year, we would be delighted to work together once again.

Thank you for your help.

Aquabox Trustee'