2009 Club News
The Essex Beardsmen host our seventh meeting, which was also the first regional meeting of The British Beard Club, in the fine city of Norwich, Norfolk. Read The Essex Beardsmen's report on the day's events.
When our TBBC member Douglas, a teacher at a school in Inverness, Scotland, asked his class what they wanted to do for the Charity Children In Need, they all said, "Shave your beard!", but dedicated beardsman that he is, Douglas flatly refused. So the children asked him to dye it blue, but he didn't really fancy a "blue-rinse beard" for weeks afterwards, so then they said, "How about Carrot Orange?", and that he agreed.
Douglas set the class a threshold of £300 of donations before he'd actually do it, and within 48 hours the children had passed that target! Chris Crook, a gents hairdresser in Inverness agreed to dye the beard for free, and soon a total in excess of £500 was raised, of which £300 will go to Children In Need, and the remainder will be shared between a Cancer charity and a very poor school in Malawi with which their school has links.
Douglas has been a good sport and we congratulate him and his class on their achievement.
Flying the flag for The British Beard Club, the Essex Beardsmen Charlie, Frazer and Henry visit the Charity Darts Match at Thatcher's Arms, Great Warley, Essex between The Handlebar Club and Pipe Club of London on 17th October 2009, and try out ale from The Brentwood Brewing Company and recruit some new members. Read Charlie's report online.
A good mix of bearded gentlemen members, their ladies, friends and one little one, and several members of The Handlebar (Moustache) Club, met in Lewes, East Sussex to join in the Annual celebration of "Rolling Out The Old" at Harveys Brewery, and do what members of The British Beard Club do best, chatting and drinking beer. The Brighton Morris Men and several other Sides danced and played to celebrate the return of Harveys seasonal Old Ale, which is only brewed from October to April. Read the report online.
This T-Shirt encapsulates many of the experiences of the inocuously but generously full-bearded, and you can own one too by ordering online from RedMolotov.com. David is modelling this good-quality 100% cotton shirt, with its particularly appropriate design printed in white on British Racing Green. You'll find it catalogued on the RedMolotov Web site in the section just below "Religion T-shirts", and costs £15.98 including VAT and Delivery. Other shirt colours are available.
We have to thank member Andrew from Leeds, W. Yorks, for giving us the supplier information. You can see him also wearing this shirt design in our Members Gallery.
Member Marc Van der Veken makes his Beard Competition debut representing The British Beard Club on September 19 2009 in Gründau-Lieblos, Germany. This International Beard and Moustache competition was organised by Bartclub Gründau-Steinau. Marc gives us his first-hand account of his first-time entry to a beard competition. Marc's wife Griet recorded his participation in this event for us on camera, so look out for her pictures of a contestant in another competition category with a to-the-floor length beard who must be one of the longest-bearded living gentlemen!
The British Beard Club recently challenged The Eggheads team in a closely-fought bid to dislodge them from their proverbial wall. Did our team of buttered bearded soldiers beat those hard-boiled eggsperts, or were we left pointed end up and past our shell-by date with scrambled brains? You'll have to wait rather more than 4 minutes for the answer by watching out for the show on BBC2 Television!
The second August TBBC meeting was on August 9th when some members of The British Beard Club met in Kent at Broadstairs Folk Week at The Prince Albert in the High Street. You can read the full illustrated report online.
August has been a busy time so far for some Club members, with two possible TBBC meetings to attend, and a third event about which you will hear shortly. On August 8th The (Great) British Beard Club met at The Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London. Several new members were recruited, and unusual beers were sampled. You can read the full illustrated report online.
The third bi-monthly meeting of The British Beard Club took place at The George Inn, Borough High Street, London on 21st June 2009. It was a great success, and was the most-attended meeting so far. Read the illustrated report. The next World Beard and Moustache Championships is on May 14th, 2011 in Trondheim, Norway, so you have still have time to grow a competition-quality beard! Join The British Beard Club and we'll help and advise your beard growth progress.