Beer Sommerlier Night

30th May 2017

What better way to kick start activity in the Essex Region than over a beer or two!

Regional President Ronnie Irani presided over an evening of fun, food and the history of ale. Hosted by our sponsor Hamilton Rentals, the event took place at the Lion Inn just outside of Chelmsford with 130 thirsty guests enjoying a selection of fine ales from five local breweries. Thanks to Steve Shelsher from Hamilton Rentals for sponsoring the event and Bishop Nick, Nethergate, Mouldens, Billericay Brewing Co and Shepherd Neame for donating the beers for sampling.

Annabel Smith one of only a hand full of female beer sommeliers in the UK put the Taverners and their guests through a barrage of taste explosions, from good old fashioned IPA's to the more adventurous blackberry ale! Between Annabel's expertise and the charismatic charm of Ronnie Irani the evening seemed to fly by - or was it the beer?

Regional Chair, Spencer Davis proudly introduced his personal guest, Tom Jackson -Owen, Vice Principle of the Columbus School and College to the packed room. Tom's school supports hundreds of youngsters many with complex disabilities. Whilst the school appears to be modern and state of the art, funds are very short. Step forward Laser Electrical who have kindly agreed to jointly fund with the Tavs the refurbishment of a much needed sensory room to a total cost of £15,000. Rather than wait for their staff to complete their fundraising challenges, the directors of Laser Electrical have agreed to under right the cost ensuring the project gets completed swiftly. MD of Laser Electrical, Steve Baker attended with 9 colleagues and was on hand to receive personal thanks form both the Tavs and Tom Jackson-Owen. 

Spencer also got the chance to welcome and thank two other friends of the Tavs. Justin Tibaldi, Divisional Managing Director of Berkeley Homes for the invaluable support Berkeley Homes give to the Tavs and Paul Beresford of Beresfords Estate Agents who will be rallying his staff to complete a series of challenges between their 14 Essex branches later this year to raise funds for future projects.

In the knowledge there would have been a few sore heads the morning after, the Essex Committee can be proud of the approximately £2,400 raised on the night. Both Ronnie and Spencer said the event was not just about fundraising - it was profile raising. We secured new members on the night and have interest expressed from a few firms who may wish to replicate what Laser Electrical and Beresfords are doing.

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