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Report on BFBi Midland Section Golf Day 2017


The BFBi Midland Section Golf Day was held at the Branston Golf and Country Club on Thursday 21st September 2017.

Although in generally good condition, the course was very wet in places, due to recent heavy rain. The day started off fine, but the forecast of heavy and persistent rain soon materialised. With the greens becoming increasingly flooded, the klaxon was sounded and play suspended with the lead game only on the 13th hole. A decision was taken to reduce the event to 12 holes. After a break in play of over an hour, the players went back out and completed their 12 holes, plus the specialist prize holes of 16 and 18.

44 players had teed off in 11 teams of four, playing in accordance with the Stableford format against 7/8 handicap. Team and individual prizes were awarded, as well as specialist prizes for individuals.

The very tough conditions were reflected in the scoring and the barely readable state of some of the returned cards!

Following the 12 holes, the players all enjoyed a few well deserved beers, followed by a welcome two course meal in the Pavilion, leading up to the prize giving.

The prizes were presented by current Midland Section Chairman, Andrew Jeans, who also kindly donated the main prize of a piece of Tutbury Crystal.

An additional trophy was presented this year, kindly donated by Bevex. This will be presented annually for the best gross score on the day.


The prize winners were as follows:


Individual Winner Overall:            Darren Debney

Best Gross Score:                        Rob Soen
                                          
Individual Winner Division 1:        Rob Soen                      

Runner-up Division 1:                  Gary Shepherd          

Individual Winner Division 2:        Jason Hewitt          

Runner-up Division 2:                  Dirk Parker          

Team Winner:                              Bevex                     

Team Runner-up:                        Moody Direct
             
Nearest Pin 10th Hole:                 Colin Jeffrey

Nearest Pin (2nd shot) 18th Hole:        Alex Allingham

Longest Drive 16th Hole:            Richard Garey


A huge thank you to all teams taking part and a very special thanks to teams that kindly donated prizes.

Thanks also, to all concerned at Branston Golf and Country Club, especially the efforts made by the Golf Manager and green staff to ensure we managed to complete 12 holes, by clearing the water from the greens. The food was once again excellent and the general hospitality and service throughout the day was superb.

Finally, a special thanks to Mick Pain for his valued assistance once again, in helping to make what turned out to be a somewhat difficult day, run as smoothly as could be expected.


Midland Section Annual Dinner 2016

On Friday 4th November, members of the BFBi and their guests met at the Ramada Hotel, Sutton Coldfield for the Midland Section Annual Penns Hall Dinner.

There was an excellent selection of Ales donated owing to the generosity of the brewers and the sponsors.

We are also very appreciative of the suppliers and sponsors for their continued support of the Dinner.

Our thanks go to Burton Bridge Brewery, Everards Brewery Ltd, Holden's Brewery Limited, Marston’s Plc (Banks’s, Marston’s, Thwaites, Wychwood), Purity Brewing Co and Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd

Sponsors included Briggs of Burton Plc, The Carling Partnership Ltd, Cornwallis Ltd, Crusader Kegs and Casks Ltd, CCL Pentasol, Crusader Kegs and Casks Ltd, Charles Faram & Co Ltd, Industrial Trading Solutions Ltd, Krones UK Ltd and Murphy & Son Ltd

Also our thanks to Harry Mason Ltd, for the set-up of the bar

The hotel put on a splendid meal which was enjoyed by all. John Keeling, the 2016 Parliamentary Brewer of the Year made an excellent “off the cuff “speech and also very generously donated an excellent bottle beer “Past Masters” for the tables.

Our guest speaker this year was John Parrott, the well know snooker player and current snooker commentator. He was a very likeable character who, on arriving at the pre- dinner reception, mixed comfortably with members and their guests. After the meal, he entertained us extremely well with many delightful tales.

This year (2017) is our 110th anniversary, so please do join us to make it a special celebration!

 

BFBi Midland Section Golf Day 2016

The BFBi Midland Section Golf Day was held at the Branston Golf and Country Club on Tuesday 13th September 2016.

The course was once again in very good condition, the weather mainly dry and sunny early on, but with 2 matches still on the 18th hole, the klaxon was sounded due to thunder and lightning, which brought the golf activity to a premature end.

51 players teed off in 11 teams of four, 1 team of three and 2 teams of two, playing in accordance with the Stableford format against 7/8 handicap. Team and individual prizes were awarded, as well as specialist prizes for individuals.

The Stableford scores highlighted that the Branston course was once again playing tough, with only 1 player on the day playing to their reduced handicaps.

Following the 18 holes, the players all enjoyed a few well deserved beers on the terrace overlooking the 18th hole, followed by a welcome two course meal in the Pavilion, leading up to the prize giving.

The prizes were presented by current Midland Section Chairman, Paul Hancox, who also kindly donated the main prize of a piece of Tutbury Crystal.

The prize winners (with adjusted handicaps) were as follows:

Individual Winner Overall: Richard Garey - 36 points off 11 handicap
                               
Individual Winner Division 1: Andy Wilson - 31* points off 14 handicap

Runner-up Division 1: Paul Gregory - 31* points off 4 handicap

Individual Winner Division 2: Steve Gower - 35 points off 22 handicap

Runner-up Division 2: Gavin Kilbourn - 34 points off 16 handicap

Team Winner: Musk 2 - 85 points

Team Runner-up:    Kieselmann UK - 83 points

Nearest Pin 10th Hole: Alastair Wesson

Nearest Pin (2nd shot) 18th Hole: Paul Cassells

Longest Drive 16th Hole: Carl Elwell

*Where players/teams finished on level points, positions were determined by the better score on the back nine holes.   

It was good to welcome Muntons and SUEZ Water Purification to the event for the first time.

A huge thank you to all teams taking part and special thanks to teams that kindly donated prizes.

Thanks also, to all concerned at Branston Golf and Country Club, for the very good state of the course, the excellent food and for their general hospitality and service throughout the day.

Finally, very special thanks to Mick Pain for his valued assistance once again, in helping to make the day run smoothly.

Dave Munday
BFBi Midland Section Golf Organiser.



HOUSE OF LORDS VISIT 2016

Tuesday, 21st June saw 43 members and their guests from the Midland section at the House of Lords for their committee meeting and annual outing.
Our hostess, once again, was  Baroness Byford DBE.

The visit commenced with a tour of the Palace of Westminster and whilst the pictures and décor do not change from year to year, the anecdotes and information gleaned from the guides significantly influence the enjoyment of the tour.

One fascinating gem from this year; when the Queen is in the Palace of Westminster to give the Queen’s speech to both Houses, a ‘hostage ‘ , an M.P. from the Commons has to go to Buckingham Palace until Her Majesty leaves the building, a custom going back several hundred years.

This year again we were favoured with good weather and drinks were enjoyed on the Terrace followed by an excellent lunch.

The Baroness then gave her customary succinct overview of current political affairs which is always much appreciated.

As is the custom on this occasion, members and their guest moved to St Stephen’s Tavern to continue their efforts in thirst quenching

A good day’s outing was had by all!

  
BFBi Midlands Section - Outdoor Go Karting Event - May 2016

New venue, new date, new location, more teams, outdoor track, higher speeds and plenty of competition! – That was the order of the day, at the Midlands Section Karting evening, held on Tuesday the 17th May at Fradley Park Lichfield, when 5 teams ( 21 drivers in total ) from four companies (Process Flow, T Musk, Able Eng. & ITS) supported by 12 spectators, battled it out for a place on the podium !

This year’s race was a Midland 60 which consisted of an initial safety briefing, a10 minute practice followed by a 1hour endurance race with pit stops and driver changes. The weather was kind to us, with only five minutes of rain (leading to some additional interesting spins on the track) but the lap times reduced considerably as the evening went on as did the competition and need by the drivers, to claim their right to their track position on every turn, bend and piece of tarmac. A few even tried a route through the tyres, but were defeated every time!

The Track length is 500m with a track lap record of 23.50 seconds. Our winning team from Process Flow covered 130 laps with a best lap time of 25.115seconds, followed by a second team from Process Flow with 128 laps and third T Musk who covered 127 laps. Following the race everyone had a light supper and the BFBi Shield was presented to the winning team.

We are hoping for an even larger event next year around the same time in May, so start practising!

Peter Jeans (ITS Ltd)
 

BFBi/IBD Joint Symposium - Monday 7th March 2016

The BFBi/IBD Joint Symposium entitled 'Process control, automation and plant commissioning'  comprised of two sessions.

Four papers were presented by acknowledged experts in their field, drawn from the following organisations: Musk Engineering, Krones-Steinker and Siemens.

The seminars are aimed at giving useful insight into the topics principally for brewing students studying for the Diploma and Master Brewer examinations, as well as practising brewers and brewery engineers.

Refreshments were kindly provided by the hosts, Musk Engineering.

The agenda for the day was

Start at 12:00 Noon with reception/coffee

First session from 12:30 pm till 2:30 pm, with an hour for each paper (including 15 mins for any questions and about 15 mins to change-over between lecturers)

Second session from 3:30 pm till 5:30 pm (same arrangements as for the first session) Wrap-up and departure from 5:30 till 6:00 pm

First session: Musk Engineering for both papers:
- Commissioning of a new brewhouse: Andy Gould and Owen Core.
- Brewhouse automation: John Coates

Second session: Krones then Siemens:
- Engineering aspects of Krones bottling lines: Jonathan Stewart
- Automation and the brewing process: Sara Nichols 

To view the presentations please click on

Brewhouse Automation
Brewhouse Commissioning
Automation – Siemens
Krones
 

Midland Section Annual Dinner 2015

On Friday 6th November, the Midland Section held its Annual Dinner at Ramada Birmingham (Penns Hall) in Sutton Coldfield.

Once again, the event was well attended and we are most grateful to members of all sections for their continuing support.

This is always an enjoyable event and once again the hotel excelled themselves with their presentation of a splendid meal.

We are also very appreciative of the suppliers and sponsors of the very varied selection of ales and the provision of hand pumps for dispense of these allowed them to be served as one would wish.

Our thanks go to Everards Brewery Ltd, Marston’s Plc, Purity Brewing Co, Salopian Brewing Co Ltd
Frederic Robinson Ltd, Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd and Wye Valley Brewery Ltd.

Sponsors included  AB Vickers,     Briggs of Burton Plc, The Carling Partnership Ltd, Cornwallis Ltd
Crusader Kegs and Casks Ltd, Industrial Trading Solutions Ltd,    Murphy & Son Ltd, T Musk Engineering Ltd, CCL Pentasol, Charles Faram & Co Ltd, FMA Process Engineering Ltd, Krones UK Ltd, Lorien Engineering Solutions Ltd, Murphy & Son Ltd.

Many thanks to Harry Mason Ltd, for the supply and set-up of the bar.   

Our guest speaker this year, sponsored by Briggs of Burton plc, was Geoff Miller, Derbyshire and England cricketer proved a great success. With his wide experience of the cricket scene, he was both entertaining and amusing and I think all would agree, very charming when chatting informally to members and their guests.

Photos of this event can be seen on our website gallery.

The date for your diaries for this year’s dinner is Friday 4th November 2016, venue to be confirmed.
 

BFBi Visit to Marston’s New Bottling Line.

Emma Gilleland, Director of Supply Chain at Marston's PLC, kindly allowed a group of BFBi members to visit the new bottling line at the Burton upon Trent brewery.

An introduction to the line and project was given by Hector McDonald, Bottling and Packaging Manager, before the group was introduced to Garry Hollins and Hugh Connolly.

Garry and Hugh then led the groups around the plant and talked through each step in the bottling process. The two lines now handle over 18,000 bottles an hour and boasts state of the art technology. After the tour and there was a question and answer session, much needed as bottling lines are quite noisy!

BFBi would like to thank Emma and her colleagues at Marston’s PLC for welcoming us into the bottling plant and taking the time to show us around and answering all of our questions.

To view photos click here
 

Report on BFBi Midland Section Golf Day 2015

The BFBi Midland Section Golf Day was held at the Branston Golf and Country Club on Tuesday 15th September 2015.

The course was once again in very good condition and the weather mainly dry and sunny, albeit breezy, throughout the day.

49 players teed off in 11 teams of four, 1 team of three and one team of two, playing in accordance with the Stableford format against 7/8 handicap. Team and individual prizes were awarded, as well as specialist prizes for individuals.

The Stableford scores, again this year, did not reflect the ideal playing conditions, with only 1 player on the day bettering their reduced handicaps.

Following the 18 holes, the players all enjoyed a few well deserved beers on the terrace overlooking the 18th hole, followed by a welcome two course meal in the Pavilion, leading up to the prize giving.

The prizes were presented by current Midland Section Chairman, Paul Hancox, who also kindly donated the main prize of a piece of Tutbury Crystal.



The prize winners (with adjusted handicaps) were as follows:


Individual Winner Overall:        Darren Spooner - 38 points off 18 handicap
                                
Individual Winner Division 1:    Doug Lord - 35 points off 9 handicap

Runner-up Division 1:               Mick Woollett - 35 points off 11 handicap

Individual Winner Division 2:    Steve Gower - 31 points off 21 handicap

Runner-up Division 2:              James Hill - 30 points off 18 handicap

Team Winner:                           Musk 1 - 77 points

Team Runner-up:                     Musk 2 - 77 points

Team Third:                              Harry Mason Ltd - 76 points

Nearest Pin 10th Hole:             Mick Woollett

Nearest Pin (2nd shot) 18th Hole:    Roger Liversidge

Longest Drive 16th Hole:         Darren Spooner


*Where players/teams finished on level points, positions were determined by the better score on the back nine holes.    

A few mentions regarding the prizewinners:

Once again, it was a very good day for Darren Spooner.  As well as retaining the Alan Britton Trophy and main prize as Overall Winner, he also won again the prestigious longest drive.

Well done to the two Musk teams, finishing in first and second position, both with 77 points. They could only be separated with Musk 1 shading it by 1 point on a better back nine.

It was good to welcome Kieselmann UK, City Dispense Services and Crusader Kegs and Casks Limited to the event for the first time.

A large thank you to all teams taking part and special thanks to teams that kindly donated prizes.

Thanks also, to all concerned at Branston Golf and Country Club, for the very good state of the course, the excellent food and for their general hospitality and service throughout the day.

Finally, very special thanks to Mick Pain for his valued assistance in helping to make the day run smoothly.
 

Indoor Go Karting – March 2015

Thursday, 16th March 2015 was the BFBi “Karting Night” at Teamworks Karting in Halesowen.

Six teams had entered, five turned up but we had a short delay in starting due to a  “police incident” in the centre of Birmingham, which effectively closed the city centre, locking in one of the teams!

From the very start of the practice sessions we had real a competition, with enthusiasm, determination, skill, competence, some aggression and one learner (so we found out after three laps!)

But the night was tough, as this was an endurance race of two hours, with each of the teams of four, swapping drivers  around every 15 minutes, and was complete with incidents, brilliance and the odd damaged car!

Food was supplied with some very positive comments, a few company supporters and a great night. A new BFBi Karting Winners Shield was presented by Peter Jeans (BFBi  Midlands Committee), to the eventual winners Mike Batham and his team from Batham’s Brewery, with two teams from T Musk coming a close second and third, followed by ADI and finally ITS.

We are reviewing the venue, time and date for next year’s event and already have some firm interest.

Joint Technical Meeting with the IBD – January 2015

The evening session of the joint meeting arranged by BFBi with Midland section IBD at the Tower Brewery was well attended.

There were 2 presentations, CO2 RECOVERY BY Marco van der Ven of Pentair and  THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY WITH DISPENSE GASES by Simon Fisher of Gascon.

The Pentair presentation was extremly comprehensive and well presented by Marco. It dealt with gas collection, gas washing, compression, liquefaction and regeneration of gas from the stored liquid CO2.

He discussed the systems availble different options, the pitfalls of CO2 recovery and equally important, optimisation of energy usage by the system.

For anyone doing an exam containig a paper on CO2 recovery, this is an ideal document.

Simon’s presentation was also very informative and most entertaining as it involved audience participation.He covered the legal requirements, the risks associated when working with the different gases used in the industry, the confined space requirements and the demands for equipment inspection.

All in  all, it was a very instructiveand enjoyable evening.

We are most grateful to The Tower Brewery for making their premises available and also for the excellent range of beers.

We wish also to thank Parker Hannifin for the generous sponsorship of the evenings supper; an excellent selection of Pie and Chips or Fish and Chips from the local chip shop around the corner from the brewery.

 


 
 
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