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Bulls Head, Barnes under threat

Roger the Skiffler 06 Jul 13 - 05:15 AM
Nick 06 Jul 13 - 05:48 AM
Long Firm Freddie 06 Jul 13 - 06:21 AM
Roger the Skiffler 06 Jul 13 - 01:06 PM
Jim Carroll 06 Jul 13 - 02:58 PM
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Subject: Bulls Head, Barnes under threat
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 06 Jul 13 - 05:15 AM

Bulls Head, Barnes,Middx., UK, used to be the monthly home of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band whose survivors still play there. This is a major jazz and blues venue with 7 nights a week music. The brewer Young's and Geronimo food company have taken it over and plan to turn the music room into a restaurant. I've only just heard of this, not my neck of the woods but I know its great reputation for major and smaller bands. 2,000 people on an online petition already. If you care, & especially if you are local, let the brewer and council know.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Bulls Head, Barnes under threat
From: Nick
Date: 06 Jul 13 - 05:48 AM

No!

Sunday lunchtime with Terry Smith and the Tony Lee trio was one of the joys of the world. Lovely memories.


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Subject: RE: Bulls Head, Barnes under threat
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 06 Jul 13 - 06:21 AM

Looks like the petition has prompted a response from Geronimo which, if sincere, should allay fears somewhat:

Geronimo

A brief extract:

"Geronimo Inns are delighted to be taking over the Bull's Head in Barnes. The pub has an amazingly rich history as an integral part of the community and more importantly as a legendary music venue for over 50 years. There has been much speculation about the plans for the pub and whether Geronimo Inns intend to maintain the pubs musical heritage. So to be very straight; we have, and still do remain fully committed to hosting live music at The Bull's Head seven days a week.

We have a track record with running live music pubs, including the Half Moon in Putney and The Elgin in Ladbroke Grove and they have a team dedicated to carrying on the great work overseen by Dan Fleming for the last 30 years. Dan has agreed to help advise us with music planning and music quality, and we are pleased to confirm that we have already booked artists including Salena Jones, Buddy Greco, Alan Price, The Humphrey Lyttelton Band and Stan Tracey to perform in 2013.

A public meeting, held at the beginning of June attended by 120 local residents, musicians and live music lovers, were told that Geronimo Inns will be creating a delicious pub that can further support the live music scene in Barnes and we are not looking to create a 'gastropub that has music as an incidental offer', but a pub for the community of Barnes with music very much at it's heart."


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Subject: RE: Bulls Head, Barnes under threat
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 06 Jul 13 - 01:06 PM

I hope their assurances are genuine. If you want to add pressure to Geronimo to honour their promises the petition is :
HERE

RtS


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Subject: RE: Bulls Head, Barnes under threat
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 06 Jul 13 - 02:58 PM

"I hope their assurances are genuine"
Me too.
We lived near the old Young's brewery before it changed hands - a principled if somewhat 'benevolent' management which served excellent beer and discouraged piped music and televisions in their pubs.
I hope the mighty haven't fallen too far.
Jim Carroll


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