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Club News Review of 2011
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MEETINGS
Some of the Midsummer Beardness Sunday LunchersThe MEETINGS pages report on all our Gatherings, like this one in June 2010, our annual Midsummer Beardness Sunday Lunch at The George Inn, London.
MEMBERS GALLERY
15 of our hundreds of MembersThe GALLERY pages for each area of the country and the world, show off the interesting faces of many of our hundreds of members.
DIARY OF EVENTS
The month-to-view DiaryThe DIARY page shows our upcoming dates for Gatherings and other Club functions, such as our AGM and various Beard Competitions not only in the current month but for the next several months, and is updated as soon as we have new information.
JOIN US
Our invitation to join the ClubThe JOIN US page summarises the advantages of Membership of The British Beard Club, and offers the online Membership Application Form, with notes to help you fill it in.
MEMBERSHIP MAP
Our Membership MapThe MEMBERSHIP MAP page shows where our Members are in The British Isles and in Overseas countries of the World. Each pin in the zooming map represents one or more members in a town or county.
VISITORS BOOK
The Visitors BookThe VISITORS BOOK page is where you can leave a comment on anything you have seen on our site.
MEMBERSHIP FORM
The Membership Application FormThe MEMBERSHIP FORM asks for your name and address and other always-kept-confidential contact information, and invites you to tell us about your interests and activities.
Stace and Guy each with Fez and beard
FEZ AT THE DEV
Feztivities Developed at The Devonshire Arms in Cambridge on 10th December when a crowd of befezzed Club members met up for drink and chat.

Stace (left) with Guy were two of the many magnificent beards and fezzes to surprise the locals, and an excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

Beards round the Coleraine Table Table table
THIRD NORTHERN IRISH BEARD UP
BBC Radio Ulster chatted to members meeting in Coleraine on August 31st about all things bearded!

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Members caught on camera at Earl's Court
BEARDS AND BEERS AT EARL'S COURT
The Annual TBBC Earl's Court Gathering at CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival took place on 6th August. We drank pints, ate wild boar pies and recruited new members from interested passers-by to our table. Next year the event is to be held at Olympia, which should be cooler, quieter and just as much fun.
An enjoyable Sunday afternoon at The Dev
SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE DEV
The latest Gathering at the Devonshire Arms in Cambridge was a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon, with excellent roast beef rounded off with photos outside. We were lined up outside next door: The Confidential Shop. Donít ask what they sell Ė itís confidential!
 
David at the mic
WHAT THE PREZ SEZ
Your Hon Pres fielded questions from BBC Humberside presenter David Burns and BBC Linconshire's Melvyn Prior about beards.

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Our 2011 Midsummer Beards and friends
MIDSUMMER BEARDNESS 2011 BREAKS RECORD
Twenty-six members and friends met at The George Inn, London for our annual Midsummer Beardness Sunday Lunch on Sunday 19th June. The changeable weather didn't dampen our spirits, or beers, and bangers and mash was a favourite choice for many. We gained new friends, new members and a new numbers record.
The George Inn
Frazer with his trophy
FRAZER'S FEUD IS HEADLINE NEWS
Member Frazer Coppin from Rivenhall in Essex has become sought-after by newspaper reporters after his friendly feud with fellow Musketeer-category contestant Jürgen Draheim at the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Trondheim, Norway.
 
The Respectable Nineteen at The Queens Head
THE RESPECTABLE NINETEEN AT CHELMSFORD 2011
“Frazer was to be seen, pint in hand, smiling at the success of the gathering at The Queens Head on February 12th. We managed a respectable nineteen 'beards', and a large number of these were different faces to our first meeting, almost a year hence, so we're optimistic that we can make this an annual event.”
David Alcorn, founder of the Northern Ireland branch of our Club
David Alcorn, founder of the Northern Ireland branch of our Club, talks about his passion for Beards and The British Beard Club to BBC Radio Ulster's Ronan Lundy.

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John and David caught shopping
HON PRES IN LOCAL PAPER EXPOSÉ!
A routine shopping trip to Sainsburys became a fine opportunity to promote our Club when we were interviewed by The Argus local-paper reporter Tim Ridgway. He attributes the rise of "community groups" such as ours to public sector cuts...

The Argus

Ledger and The Great White Prawn
"THE MAIN THING I SUPPOSE YOU DO, IS NOT SHAVE!"
Radio Leeds' Bob Walmsley talks to TBBC member Ledger De La Bald about his new book Hunting The Great White Prawn, and about The British Beard Club. Click the title above to hear a longer version.

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The Great White Prawn
String Fing's music seems to attract a Bearded Audience.
Stoke-based String Fing's combination of Folk & Blues music seems to attract a Bearded Audience. Band and Club member Terry (right) and friend Steve (left) thought it might be a good idea to do an impromptu photo shoot in the break, and almost everyone with a Beard was eager to take part.
Members huddle together at the Nelson Arms
The Lord Nelson Inn in Brighton was the venue for our late November Lunchtime Gathering on Saturday 27th November. Harvey's ale, Nelson-burgers and appetising sandwiches were on offer - and the chill outside meant we ate in the Gallery and then moved to a long table close to the open fire in the bar.
Members and friends at The Devonshire Arms, Cambridge
John from Slough joined local and no-so-local members at The Devonshire Arms in Cambridge on Sunday 21st November for our second Gathering there. “Guy (far left) makes a great host and Dom is a great landlord,” says John. “No pondlife cider this time and they do an amazing Sunday roast; the best bit of roast beef I've tasted.”
Members and friends at The Filo, Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex
Members Gathered at the Filo in Hastings, East Sussex on 17th October for beer-tasting, then on to 16th Century hostelry The Stag Inn for lunch, more beer and good conversation.

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The Stag Inn

Paul's Yeard and a half video
LEE'S BEARD TRIBUTE 2010 - 8 MONTHS OF GROWTH
TBBC Member Lee Burgess from Doncaster, Yorkshire presents his 8 month beard growth progress video. You have to watch this particular video on Youtube itself. There are more videos and self-portraits on his own Web site.
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Steve Meigh at Crewe Castle
Member Steve Meigh from Stoke on Trent texted Radio Stoke presenter Amy Clowes; she puts our Web site on air and on Facebook.

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Radio Stoke
Sam Steele's video of the first TBBC NI Gathering
BEER'D - SAM STEELE'S VIDEO OF THE FIRST NI GATHERING
A short tongue-in-cheek video presented by Facebook documenting the first Northern Ireland regional Gathering of The British Beard Club. As the beer flows, so does the conversation. Music by Pevin Kinel.
Beards, beer-tasters and Brighton Morris at Harvey's Brewery
DANCING IN THE OLD ALE
Members again join in the beer-tasting and Morris dancing at Harvey's Brewery in Lewes, East Sussex on 2nd October. “Tweed is body armour for the soul...
Earlier News
EARLIER NEWS
 
 
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