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From the Social Secretary As many of you will know, our first brewery tour proved a spectacular success! The fifty places available on our visit to Joule’s Brewery in Market Drayton on May 6 were fully subscribed and we even had a waiting list, which unfortunately we were unable to accommodate. However, those who booked early enough were rewarded with an excellent evening, an informative talk about the origins of the Joule’s brand and its brewing, a guided tour of the Brew House, a substantial pork supper and, importantly, as much free beer on self-service as desired! No wonder I’ve been receiving requests to make this an annual event. We probably won’t actually do that, but may well arrange a repeat either at the same or an alternative brewery another year. So onwards and upwards…in the Branch Diary pages and elsewhere you will find the programme for the rest of 2014. Joule's Brewery visit

Photo: Michael Haig

You will see that we are asking for your support to help us regain the coveted Inter-Branch Skittles Trophy at Stafford Boat Club on October 25. We loaned it two years ago to North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, but unfortunately have been unable to win it back since! Members of the committee and I are also working on our Autumn Social Evening and Talk. We have a date, a venue and a speaker, so please make a note of them in your diaries. The Social Evening will be on Monday, November 10 at Brooklands Hotel on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. Our after-dinner speaker will be John Yates. Recalling our 2013 Autumn Talk at the Narrowboat, Whittington, which was very well attended despite dreadful driving weather, this year we are going for a venue that is more accessible to most on major roads. We hope you will approve of this and turn out to support the branch. Details are on the Diary page. Finally, the Friends of the Leominster Canal extend a warm invitation to branch members to join them on any of their regular walks on the Leominster Canal. Details are on the Branch Diary page of Shroppie Fly Paper. Val Haig Summer 2014

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Shroppie Fly Paper

2014 06 Shroppie Fly Paper  

Shroppie Fly Paper is the newsletter of the Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch of The Inland Waterways Association.