The Society for The Preservation of Beers from the Wood

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The table below lists all SPBW branches known to exist since about 1970. Since records before about 1976 are very scant, and because branch affiliation fees were not introduced until about then, details in many cases are very vague. Some of these branch might not even have existed in any meaningful form!

ActonWest LondonEarly 1997Autumn 2003
Bishops CanningsWiltshire1960sc1978(?)Based at the Crown, near Devizes.
BootBerwick St James, near SalisburyApril 1980n/kProbably never affiliated
BrightonSeptember 20012003(?)Never actually affiliated; supposedly based at Evening Star
BritanniaBarking, Essex 1973(?)Defunct by 1978Originally East End branch; some overlap with early Wantz branch
Cambridgen/kn/k - defunct pre-1976
Canterburyn/kn/k - defunct pre-1976
CasablancaSt AlbansMay 1991Autumn 1994Founder members worked at CAMRA HQ
CoateWiltshireNovember 19752011Based at New Inn, near Devizes, Wadworth beer direct from the wood
De MontfortLeicester1977(?)Summer 1980
Dearne ValleySouth YorkshireApril 1989January 1992
Faithful CityWorcesterSeptember 1992Autumn 1994Connected to Jolly Roger brewery (also now defunt)
FirkinEpsom areaAugust 1977Defunct by 1980Originally met at Rising Sun, Epsom. They used to meet 2nd Monday of the Month in Esher High Street, the Albert Arms
GrimsdykeNW LondonApril 1993Autumn 2003Mostly based at Seven Balls in Stanmore
LancashireLancaster Universityn/kn/k - defunct pre-1976
MaydayHastingsSeptember 20012008Based at First In Last Out brewpub
Middle EnglandNottinghamAugust 1993Late 2003Officially 'SPBW in Middle England'
Newton FerrersSouth DevonLate 1960sDefunct by 1976
North DevonSeptember 19821985Founding Chairman, John Riddington-Young, was Ear, Nose and Throat consultant for North Devon area
North RidingScarboroughJuly 19912004
Norvic NippersNorwichMay 19952000(?)Forerunner of current Norfolksoaks branch
PagodaKew areac1982(?)Defunct by 1990Mostly dedicated to restoring old vehicles. Once winners of Tony Littler Trophy even though none of their members took part.
PeripateticStoke on Trentc1977(?)Early 1980
PondsCarshalton areaAutumn 1993Early 2007
PoulshotWiltshire1960sc1978Based at the Raven, Wadworth beers direct from the wood
Pretty BricksWalsalln/kn/k - defunct pre-1976Based at New Inn, took name from decorative tiling on pub exterior
St GeorgeCity of London areaJuly 1972July 1993Founded by members of British Engine Insurance; held annual St George's Day dinners at the George, Southwark
SaharaAlgeriaJanuary 19731976Members were engineers on a gas pipeline; new members expected to contribute home brewing ingredients!
SalopiaShrewsburyn/kn/kActive around 1977
SmithfieldCentral Londonn/kn/k - defunct pre-1976
SPBWNIN. Ireland19942017After setting up the branch in 2004 the Chairman stood down in 1997. Nobody would take up the reins.
It lay dead until the past Chairman was asked to re-establish the branch in 2004 to see it became a hugely successful and well known and fully energetic branch with its own wooden barrels and the first branch to initiate discount schemes for members.
The Chairman resigned in 2017 and nobody would (again) take up the reins.
SuffolkStowmarketFebruary 1987Early 1993Also known as DHSS (Drink Heartily, Sink Slowly)
TitleyHerefordshiren/kMay 1986Run by Frank Bingham, landlord of Stagg Inn. He was possibly the only member.
TopshamSouth Devonn/kn/k - defunct pre-1976
Westminstern/kn/k - defunct pre-1976Met at Buckingham Arms
West RidingYorkshireSeptember 1966 (?)Defunct by late 1970sNo connection with current branch of same name
WingfieldWiltshireMid-1960sSummer 1984Based at the Poplars pub near Trowbridge; Wadworths direct from wooden casks. Objected to SPBW Founders 'beer from metal casks is acceptable' edict in 1968.
WoolwichSE LondonOctober 1971January 2015Held mock funerals in early days when local pubs went over to keg beer.
WorthingSussexSeptember 1987Summer 1990