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WITH reference to the article in last week’s County Times, CAMRA reluctantly now sees that a reply and clarification of the matter appertaining to the perceived disagreement with The Royal Oak in Friday Street, Rusper, is now needed.

This matter did indeed start with the mention of a cheap beer at Tesco’s. This one little item was published under our old website pages for ‘Market News’.

This item was just one of some hundreds that were published under that title. There was also a page called ‘Pub News’ – solely for pubs.

The sole reason for ’Market News’ was to appraise the public on happenings in the market place whether it be supermarkets, pub companies, government, or whatever! Shortly after, the item was deleted against the webmaster’s better judgement.

There were other controversial items but this particular one was picked up by the landlady and has fed her antagonism against CAMRA since then!

The item was published in January 2011 and we feel The Royal Oak’s landlady is a tad over the top to pursue this for eternity!

I, myself, do not believe supermarkets should retail alcohol at all – this was just market news.

Since then we have seen adverse comments about CAMRA appearing on the pub’s ‘soapbox’ and some uninformed silly comments that those types of publications elicit. There are some that the landlady herself has deleted. We have never lowered ourselves to make comment.

It appears that all CAMRA initiatives are ripe for criticism and this from a pub that we promoted to runner-up for the national finals of the ‘Pub of the Year’ on two occasions.

Specifically, LocAle that promotes all things ‘green’, beer miles, local breweries etc, was withdrawn.

We have also withdrawn this initiative for other pubs because the terms of the scheme were not adhered to and we could no longer promote the pub as LocAle on our website.

Full details were provided with explanations at the time of election.

Our landlady would not put the required pump clips on the handpumps showing which beers were local saying that she didn’t want that sort of thing on her pumps! How can a drinker from Scotland know which is a local ale if it is not indicated?

To show her continuing displeasure with CAMRA she set up her own organisation – CRAPO! This is ‘Campaign for Real Ale Pubs Only’ and charges £10 per year for joining. This is the only CRAPO pub that we have in our area!

Finally, in April, out of the blue, a notice was posted on the door of the pub banning all North Sussex members? All of this because of a report about something in the market place 17 months ago!


Webmaster and press officer

North Sussex Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)