Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/2012-01?keys= en Julia George is Shepherd Neame Kent Journalist of the year http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/julia-george-shepherd-neame-kent-journalist-year <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 January 2012</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p><a fcksavedurl="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009v85c" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009v85c" target="_blank">BBC Radio Kent</a> presenter Julia George was named Shepherd Neame Kent Journalist of the Year at the Kent Media Awards lunch held at the Faversham brewery.</p> <p>Julia, who also won the Bishops Finger Broadcast Journalist of the Year category, was described as very talented broadcaster who has built a relationship of trust with her listeners.</p> <p>Chair of judges Barbara Sturgeon commented: “Her sensitive approach to addressing the issue of rape with one of her callers was phenomenal. She has also proved herself able to deal with aggressive callers tactfully and effectively and, as such, her radio show has taken off. In live broadcasting, there is no room for error.”</p> <p>BBC Radio Kent also won the Shepherd Neame News Service of the Year Award, earning particular praise for its quick response and extensive coverage of Pfizer’s decision to close its research facility in Kent in February 2011. Barbara Sturgeon said: “As a whole, this radio station provides insightful and relevant news to its listeners and is unafraid to tackle sensitive issues.”</p> <p>Other winners included:<br />Kent’s Best Newspaper or Online Journalist of the Year – Alan Watkins, <a fcksavedurl="http://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend_messenger/news.aspx" href="http://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend_messenger/news.aspx" target="_blank">Gravesend Messenger</a><br />Master Brew Kent Feature Journalist of the Year – Nashreen Issa, <a fcksavedurl="http://www.itv.com/meridian-east" href="http://www.itv.com/meridian-east" target="_blank">ITV Meridian</a> <br />Spitfire Kent Sports Journalist of the Year Award – Neil Bell, <a fcksavedurl="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006pfp8" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006pfp8" target="_blank">BBC South East Today</a> <br />WF Deedes Kent Young Journalist of the Year – Mike Sims, <a fcksavedurl="http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/folkestoneherald" href="http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/folkestoneherald" target="_blank">Folkestone Herald</a><br />The <a fcksavedurl="http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/sevenoakschronicle" href="http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/sevenoakschronicle" target="_blank">Sevenoaks Chronicle</a> won the Canterbury Jack Campaign of the Year Award for launching and running a local loyalty card initiative, encouraging shoppers to spend their money in the town. The scheme is ongoing and is supported by more than 4,000 customers and 100 stores.</p> <p>This year’s awards were judged by a panel comprising former BBC Radio Kent broadcaster Barbara Sturgeon; Kim Fletcher, former editorial director of the Telegraph Group and chairman of the NCTJ; Tim Luckhurst, professor of journalism at the University of Kent and a former editor of The Scotsman; and Justin Allen, from the sports desk of The Sun.</p> <p>The event was held in Shepherd Neame’s new live entertainment venue, <a fcksavedurl="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk" href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Old Brewery Store</a>. Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame, paid tribute to veteran broadcaster Bob Holness, a former judge on the Kent Media Awards, then known as the Kent Journalist of the Year Awards, who died early this year.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/made-words"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Made Up Words? </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/imperial-crowns-new-year-new-licensees-and-new-look">Imperial crowns the new year with new licensees and a new look <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Julia George is Shepherd Neame Kent Journalist of the year" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2156 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Imperial crowns the new year with new licensees and a new look http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/imperial-crowns-new-year-new-licensees-and-new-look <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 January 2012</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p><a fcksavedurl="http://www.imperialsouthborough.co.uk" href="http://www.imperialsouthborough.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Imperial</a>, Southborough, has new licensees and an attractive new look following a £125,000 refurbishment by Shepherd Neame.<br />Originally built in the Victorian era, the pub, in London Road, has been transformed from top to bottom with an interior combining contemporary design and materials with comfortable and stylish furnishings.</p> <p>The Imperial’s new interior includes a glass lobby, a chandelier of wine bottles, an open fireplace with feature mirrors above it, a modern bar and a traditional games area. The pub’s first-floor function room has been redecorated to bring out its period detail. It accommodates up to 40 people and can be hired for meetings, private parties and events. Outside there is a pleasant enclosed garden with seating and tables which has been attractively landscaped.</p> <p>The new-look Imperial is already proving a hit with local people, says licensee Declan Agnew.<br />“We have been delighted with the response from customers and a number of community groups have already shown interest in using our function room,” he said.<br />This is Declan’s first pub venture following a 20-year career in the City but his partner, former teacher Caroline Webb, has many years of experience in the trade.<br />The pair have created a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that appeals to all ages and they plan to begin serving food sometime in the spring. The pub will also host live music.</p> <p>Open from 11am to 11pm every weekday, with extensions at the weekend, the pub offers Shepherd Neame cask ales, including seasonal and event beers.<br />Situated on the outskirts of the historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells, The Imperial dates from the Victorian era and its name derives from the Imperial crown, as pictured on the pub sign, worn by the monarch at the coronation ceremony.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/julia-george-shepherd-neame-kent-journalist-year"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Julia George is Shepherd Neame Kent Journalist of the year</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/turner-contemporary-elements-exhibition">Turner Contemporary - Elements Exhibition <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Imperial crowns the new year with new licensees and a new look" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2155 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Turner Contemporary - Elements Exhibition http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/turner-contemporary-elements-exhibition <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 January 2012</p><p> </p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; ">As sponsors of the Turner and the Elements exhibition we would like to offer visitors a 15% discount on the standard room rate at the following hotels.  So why not extend your stay and explore the area that inspired Turner nearly two centuries ago?</span></p> <p> </p> <p>To receive your discount phone the hotel of your choice and quote the code: TURNER15</p> <p>Bell Hotel, Sandwich</p> <p><a href="http://www.bellhotelsandwich.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.bellhotelsandwich.co.uk/</a></p> <p>01304 613 388</p> <p>Royal Albion Hotel, Broadstairs</p> <p><a href="http://www.albionbroadstairs.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.albionbroadstairs.co.uk/</a></p> <p>01843 868 071</p> <p>Fayreness Hotel, Broadstairs</p> <p><a href="http://www.fayreness.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.fayreness.co.uk/</a></p> <p>01843 868 641</p> <p> </p> <p>The small print:  This offer entitles you to a 15% discount on the standard room rate per night. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. This offer can only be redeemed when you book your stay by phone and quote the offer code. This offer is valid for the duration of the Turner and the Elements exhibition (28 January – 13 May 2012).</p> <div></div> <p> </p> <p><img src="/brewery/blog/image.axd've+lost+My+Boat%2c+You+shan't+have+Your+Hoop+exhibited+1840%2c+Oil+on+Mahogany+credit+Tate%2c+London+SMALL.jpg" alt="" width="400" /></p> <div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/imperial-crowns-new-year-new-licensees-and-new-look"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Imperial crowns the new year with new licensees and a new look</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/burns-night">Burns Night! <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Turner Contemporary - Elements Exhibition " class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:42:00 +0000 polly.wann 2033 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Burns Night! http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/burns-night <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 January 2012</p><p>The great day has arrived, 25th January – Burns Night!</p> <p> </p> <p>And by a happy coincidence, my granddaughter Grace’s birthday - 7yrs today! Bit of good planning on my son Douglas’s part there I think!</p> <p>Been up to Scotland at the weekend and brought back a freshly killed Haggis. An annual pilgrimage that has got to be done. It is hanging in the shed at the moment ready for cooking tonight. To be eaten in the classic style with neeps and champit tatties. I will have a bottle of our Burns ale as a wee refresher, then share a bottle of the wonderful bottle conditioned <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/p-60-1698-bottle-conditioned-ale-two-cases-of-8-x-500ml-bottles.aspx" target="_blank">1698</a> – pure nectar.</p> <p>I made a big pan of Stovies last night, so that is what I will be having as a starter. Fair grand man! I like a good dram of an Islay Malt whisky with my Haggis, I like to enjoy it <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>with</em></span> the Haggis rather than pour it over - I have a nice bottle of Laphroaig 10yr old that will fit the bill nicely!</p> <p>I know it is not necessarily the done thing but I do like a wee dollop of nippy sauce at the side of the plate, helps bring out the flavours of this great Scottish delicacy. I will sit back afterwards in front of a roaring log fire, having enjoyed this feast, large glass of our unbelievably good <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/p-167-generation-ale.aspx" target="_blank">Generation Ale</a> in hand - at 9%abv a real beauty - and as Burns himself might have said:- “ Ye widna ca the King yer cousin “.</p> <p>This blog was posted by Shepherd Neame’s favourite wee Scottish Brewer , Stewart Main.</p> <p><img src="/brewery/blog/image.axd" alt="" width="460" height="185" /></p> <p> </p> <div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/turner-contemporary-elements-exhibition"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Turner Contemporary - Elements Exhibition </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-teaches-new-skills-jobseekers">Shepherd Neame teaches new skills to jobseekers <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Burns Night! " class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:18:00 +0000 polly.wann 2034 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame teaches new skills to jobseekers http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-teaches-new-skills-jobseekers <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 January 2012</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Brewer Shepherd Neame has teamed up with <a fcksavedurl="http://www.dwp.gov.uk/about-dwp/customer-delivery/jobcentre-plus/" href="http://www.dwp.gov.uk/about-dwp/customer-delivery/jobcentre-plus/" target="_blank">Jobcentre Plus</a> to give Kent jobseekers aged between 18 and 24 the skills and experience to equip them for the world of work.<br /> <br />The company has already helped three young people to develop a range of skills, including driving a forklift truck, at its distribution centre on the outskirts of Faversham.<br /> <br />Now warehouse manager Tony Berllaque is set to interview a fresh batch of candidates at Sittingbourne Jobcentre for the chance to take part in another eight-week work experience scheme during the spring.<br /> <br />Tony said: “This initiative gives young people a true experience of work. If they are successful, they leave with a reference, a pallet truck licence and a forklift licence.”<br /> <br />Under the scheme, candidates continue to receive their regular benefits, while working for a maximum of 30 hours a week for a maximum of eight weeks.<br /> <br />Tony said: “They are asked to attend with steel toe-capped boots and a high visibility jacket and work six hours a day, Monday to Friday. We give them a basic company induction and health and safety training and they start with “housekeeping”, straightening pallets and tidying up generally, before moving on to “picking”, preparing cases of beer for dispatch.<br /> <br />“They move on to using a pallet truck and if they show aptitude with this and suitable commitment, they take the three-day forklift truck course. We’ve had three guys aged 22, 19 and 18 who have seen it through and left us with good references and Mechanical Handling Equipment licences.”<br /> <br />Jobcentre Plus operations manager Kevin Payne said Kent currently had 10,875 young people aged 18 to 24 out of work, including 1,220 in the Swale district.<br />“We really appreciate this interest from local employers,” he said. “Shepherd Neame is a reputable company, with a well organised manufacturing and distribution operation and thorough in-house training.<br /> <br />“It is a big step from school to the world of work and some of these 18 to 24-year olds haven’t worked before. Shepherd Neame has given them an opportunity to experience a professional environment, to work alongside role models and to boost self-confidence. This kind of work experience can make young people feel a lot more positive about selling themselves to a future employer.”<br /> <br />Jobcentre Plus is organising an Employer Breakfast Event to discuss local apprenticeships, work experience and work trials. The free event is scheduled for Thursday February 9 at Sheppey College, Bridge Road, Sheerness, from 8 to 10am. For details, call employee adviser Paul Norris on 01795 562679 or <a fcksavedurl="mailto:paul.norris1@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk" href="mailto:paul.norris1@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk">email him</a>.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/burns-night"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Burns Night! </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-joins-campaign-cut-vat-pubs">Shepherd Neame joins campaign to cut VAT in pubs <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame teaches new skills to jobseekers" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2157 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame joins campaign to cut VAT in pubs http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-joins-campaign-cut-vat-pubs <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>24 January 2012</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Brewer Shepherd Neame is pressuring politicians to cut the cost of eating out by joining a campaign to reduce the level of VAT on drink, food and accommodation in pubs.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame has more than 350 pubs in London and the South East, including 237 in Kent, 38 in East and West Sussex, 22 in Surrey and 16 in Essex.<br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “A reduction in VAT will stimulate jobs and investment in local and rural communities. This approach has already created jobs in Germany, Belgium, Sweden and France and we think it will work here.”</p> <p>The campaign, orchestrated by French leisure entrepreneur and lobbyist Jacques Borel, has been boosted by £240,000 of funding from the <a fcksavedurl="http://www.familybrewers.co.uk" href="http://www.familybrewers.co.uk/" target="_blank">Independent Family Brewers of Britain</a>, which represents private, family-run regional brewers such as Shepherd Neame.</p> <p>They believe that cutting VAT to 5% in the UK hospitality sector would create up to 320,000 jobs, many of them in the 16 to 24-year-old age group, which recently hit a 17-year high unemployment rate of one million.</p> <p>Mr Neame said: “Each pub contributes an average of £80,000* to its local economy each year but licensees are struggling because they are hampered by excessive tax increases and legislation. Reducing VAT in pubs will provide more jobs for young people and safeguard an important community hub.</p> <p>“This is a simple measure that could make a big difference to the UK’s hospitality and tourism sector, an area of the economy in which jobs can be created relatively quickly and at relatively low cost.”<br />Shepherd Neame is family-owned brewer founded in 1698 and based in Faversham, Kent. The company brewed 68 million pints of beer in 2011, and 4,500 people work in its pubs, hotels, brewery and distribution centre.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-teaches-new-skills-jobseekers"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame teaches new skills to jobseekers</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/trials-and-tribulations">Trials and Tribulations <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame joins campaign to cut VAT in pubs" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2158 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Trials and Tribulations http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/trials-and-tribulations <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 January 2012</p><p>Trials are a way of life in many industries either as a part of new product development (apparently only 5% of new product development makes it to a final marketed product) or as part of the continuous improvement process (think of how Dyson has changed the vacuum cleaner to a bag less cyclone system with a ball rather than wheels). It is no different in brewing.</p> <p>Brewing is of course a simple process, sugar from malt combined with yeast produces alcohol, carbon dioxide and more yeast. The art (or more accurately science) of the brewer is to get this process to achieve 3 key things</p> <p>1: Produce a beer that looks and tastes good</p> <p>2: Reproduce the same beer consistently as often as it is required</p> <p>3: Produce new products that appeal, are different to the beer produced in 1 above whilst still being able to achieve criteria 2.</p> <p>In order to achieve these objectives we have a limited number of parameters that we can adjust – the raw materials (typically the malt, adjuncts and hops), the mashing conditions (temperature, time and pH), the yeast (each strain gives characteristics to the beers brewed with it) or the fermentation conditions (again typically time and temperature)</p> <p>This then leads neatly back to trials – varying one or more of the parameters above to achieve the desired (or requested) result. The tribulations follow where the product is not what we aimed for or very occasionally where the process goes totally wrong and we have to start again from scratch.</p> <p>Currently we are trialling several new process variations as well as a number of new product recipes – hopefully we will beat the 5% success rate for new product development but only time will tell – as soon as they are available I will of course let you know.</p> <p>So here is to successful trials and minimal tribulations</p> <p>Cheers!</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer</em></p> <div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-joins-campaign-cut-vat-pubs"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame joins campaign to cut VAT in pubs</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/author-tells-story-shepherds-shepherd-neame">Author tells story of Shepherds of Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Trials and Tribulations " class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:48:00 +0000 polly.wann 2035 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Author tells story of Shepherds of Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/author-tells-story-shepherds-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 January 2012</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>The Neame family has run Kent’s Shepherd Neame brewery for five generations but whatever happened to the Shepherds?<br />Following the discovery of two previously unknown ledgers, brewery archivist and historian John Owen is now able to answer that question with a new book, The Shepherds of Shepherd Neame 1737-1875.<br />John has used information from the ledgers and researched insurance policies and ecclesiastical records to reinstate the Shepherds in the historical record, marking their considerable achievements in the story of the brewery.<br />He tells the story of how Samuel Shepherd, John Shepherd, Julius Shepherd, Henry Shepherd and Henry Shepherd Junior steered the business through some of the most turbulent years of British history.<br /> <br />John said: “Through the shortages of the Napoleonic Wars to the coming of the railways, each generation consolidated trade and seized opportunities for growth in staff, equipment and property, consistently outperforming rival brewers.”<br /> <br />But on 30 July 1877, Mrs Ellen Shepherd sold the half interest in the brewery of her late husband, Henry, to Percy Beale Neame. The Shepherd family ceased to have any interest in the brewery and no Shepherd ever again lived in Faversham.<br />With the exception of the surname, retained in the company name, little of the family survived. Nearly all the business records of the early Shepherds disappeared; the ledgers, cash books, rest books, waste books, brewing books and correspondence once needed to manage the business. All the early deeds of the brewery site were lost during the Napoleonic Wars, when a mortgagee buried them for safe keeping and later discovered they had rotted away.<br /> <br />Originating from Peasmarsh, Sussex, in the 16th Century, the Shepherd family acquired the brewery by marriage in 1732. Then it was valued at a modest £1,000 but in two generations they had become one of the wealthiest merchant families in Faversham. Within four generations, in 1875, they were joint partners in the brewery with a gross asset value of £165,000.<br /> <br />They formed valuable partnerships with Charles Jones Hilton, John Henry Mares and Percy Beale Neame but there is little evidence that Henry Shepherd planned for his family to continue as partners or that his children were interested in succeeding him. In his will, written in 1868, there is no reference to the brewery. Thus, despite generations of success, there was no Shepherd family legacy, only the brewing legacy, which continued through the Neame family to the present day.<br />The Shepherds of Shepherd Neame 1737-1875, price £13.45, is available from the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre shop, online at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop">www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop</a> and at good bookshops in the Faversham area.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/trials-and-tribulations"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Trials and Tribulations </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/adrian-edmondson-radcliffe-and-maconie-show">Adrian Edmondson on the Radcliffe and Maconie show <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Author tells story of Shepherds of Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2159 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Adrian Edmondson on the Radcliffe and Maconie show http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/adrian-edmondson-radcliffe-and-maconie-show <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 January 2012</p><p>We obviouslly made an impact on Adrian Edmondson as he was talking about his vist to the brewery while on <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b019jqvh/" target="_blank">BBC Radio 6's Radcliffe and Maconie</a> show yesterday. The brewery visit was included in his recent TV series <a href="http://www.itv.com/food/programmes/ade-britain" target="_blank">Ade In Britain</a> </p> <p>Thanks for the mention Ade and we are very happy to know that Radcliffe and Maconie are Spitfire fans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b019jqvh/" target="_blank">Listen</a></p> <div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/author-tells-story-shepherds-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Author tells story of Shepherds of Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/does-anyone-know-good-plumber">Does Anyone Know a Good Plumber? <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Adrian Edmondson on the Radcliffe and Maconie show " class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:16:00 +0000 polly.wann 2036 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Does Anyone Know a Good Plumber? http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/does-anyone-know-good-plumber <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 January 2012</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 12pt 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">As you all know water is supplied to our homes via pipe work, typically of a half inch diameter. The average person uses in the region of 155 litres (34gallons) per day, an awful lot of which goes almost straight back down the drain. The average house contains somewhere around 500 feet of water pipe work. If the pipe splits (or is inadvertently drilled into) the mess and volume of water that leaks out is phenomenal, as can be the cost of the plumber called to fix the problem.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 12pt 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">Within the brewery the principle is the same although the scale is slightly different. We have several miles of pipe work of varying diameters (up to 6 inches) supplying water to all stages of the process as well as for moving wort and ultimately beer through the brewery, all the way to the packaging lines, we use in excess of 36000 gallons of water per day in the brew house alone (producing around 900 brls of beer).</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 12pt 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">Last week one of our supply mains sprung a leak, with this volume of water it could be heard from a considerable distance away as a noise somewhere between the running of a shower and that of a waterfall!! Thankfully we have valves in line that act in the same way as the mains water stopcock and so allowed us to isolate the water supply within minutes of the leak occurring.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 12pt 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">In answer to the original question, yes I do know a good plumber or more accurately a team of brewery engineers who were able to repair the main and restore the water supply without any significant impact on our production, minimal losses of water down the drain and no form of call out charge! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 12pt 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">Hopefully this week will see us producing a vast volume of beer without any such mishaps. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 12pt 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer</span></p> <div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/adrian-edmondson-radcliffe-and-maconie-show"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Adrian Edmondson on the Radcliffe and Maconie show </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/favershams-oldest-pub-receives-major-refurbishment">Faversham&#039;s oldest pub receives a major refurbishment <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Does Anyone Know a Good Plumber? " class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:15:00 +0000 polly.wann 2037 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk