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BIG NEWS: Alverthorpe WMC is placed joint third in the judging for CAMRA's Yorkshire Club of the Year 2009. CAMRA Regional Director Michael Moss presented the award for this to Club Steward Brian Clifford on Saturday 9 January 2010

Wakefield CAMRA's Club of the Year 2008 is the Red Shed at Wakefield runner-up is Alverthorpe WMC with the Brookside Commercial in third place. Wakefield CAMRA's Club of the Year 2007 is the Red Shed at Wakefield with the Brookside Commercial & Social Club at South Elmsall and Alverthorpe WMC joint runners-up. For years it seemed that you had to make a choice between decent cask ale and all the social activities and entertainment that were on offer in our local clubs, and real ale fans as a body saw the clubs as lost territory. It's now clear that far from that being the case, clubs, often completely free of brewery ties, and keen to assert this freedom, can be the place to find the products of the region's smaller independent brewers, whereas the licensees of so-called "free houses", owned by the pubcos all too often have a very restricted choice of cask ales, if they're even encouraged to keep the stuff at all. Local CAMRA members are encouraged to become members of a local CIU Affiliated club, which will mean that they can be admitted as guests to any other affiliated club. In addition the Local Branch has negotiated with the following clubs for CAMRA Members to be admitted as guests on production of a valid CAMRA Membership Card:

Wakefield Labour Club Vicarage St, Wakefield
George V WMC Holywell House, Glasshoughton
Brookside Commercial Club Barnsley Rd, Sth Elmsall
Albion St WMC Albion St, Castleford
Alverthorpe WMC Flanshaw Lane, Alverthorpe
Netherton Sports & Social Club Netherton Lane, Netherton
Middlestown WMC 107 New Road, Middlestown

Wakefield CAMRA did award Club of the Winter Season, and Club of the Summer Season plaques. Summer 2001 and Summer 2002 went to Wakefield Labour Club (The Red Shed). Current Club of the Year was again Wakefield Labour Club, with the runner-up being Brookside at South Elmsall. Winter 2003 Award went to Alverthorpe WMC with the Brookside at South Elmsall as runner-up. Wakefield has now introduced Club Class Cask with the approval of CAMRA's National Clubs Committee.

Here Ian Charlton from CAMRA's National Committee presents Club of the Winter Season 2001-2 Award to Ted Hatherley, steward of the Brookside Commercial & Social Club, South Elmsall, 22nd January 2002.

Club of the Winter Season 2002 and 2003 was Alverthorpe WMC, below

A first Real Ale Festival at Alverthorpe WMC 1st - 10th August 2004, featuring mainly beers from local craft brewers including Anglo-Dutch, Fernandes, Ossett, Red Lion, Tigertops, Whitley Bridge and others, gives rise to this enthusiastic report from Terry Stennett. This seems now to have become an annual event, usually in November, a week or two after the Wakefield Beer Festival

Above: probably not the local Con Club- Wakefield Club of the Year yet again in 2007. Also Highly Commended, in effect Joint Runner-up in the judging for Yorkshire Club of the Year 2004.

Other clubs actively promoting cask ale include:

Alverthorpe WMC (guest beer policy)

George V WMC, Glasshoughton 

Middlestown WMC

Foundry Lane WMC, Knottingley

Knottingley RUFC

Albion St WMC, Castleford

Netherton WMC

Westgate Common WMC, Wakefield

Lofthouse Gate WMC

United Services Club (aka Soldiers), South Elmsall

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