40th Anniversary Garden Party

Campaign for Real Gin Garden Party Middle Temple gardens 2018

A fine evening in our now customary venue of Middle Temple Gardens was the perfect backdrop for CRG members and friends to gather to celebrate the CRG’s 40th anniversary.

Members were resplendent in their new 40th Anniversary ties. Giles Pugh and Robbie Purdy had delved into the back of their wardrobes and turned up their original 40-year-old models. The evening also featured the unveiling of Roaring Forties, the CRG’s new 40th Anniversary Celebration Gin, the first bottle brought hotfoot from the distillery by Jonathan Jeyes.

Hon Sec Nick Ellis reflected on the 40th Anniversary to date and looked forward to events in the second half of the year including a planned gin tasting, a ‘distilling experience’, and a mooted trip to Lisbon to the ‘RealGin’ distillery. In a change from normal practice, we raised a glass to TWO Fountainheads, Foxdenton the distiller of the new Roaring Forties Gin, and RealGin, in anticipation of our visit!

For the second time, the CRG supported Tanzania Development Trust, a charity which funds community-level projects in the poorest regions of Tanzania. Three of the Campaign’s earliest members, Tony Trace, Jamie Leslie and Bob Gibson, were born in what is now Tanzania. Tony and Bob (the charity’s Treasurer) were very much to the fore; Jamie’s absence was, as ever, marked in Simon Goodfellow’s Absent Friends. Tanzania Development Trust Chair Jonathan Pace gave a passionate speech explaining the work of the Trust and recalling bottom-breaking trips to rural projects on the back of pikipikis (motor bikes). He was joined at the party by TDT officers Janet Chapman and Dan Cook.

Bill Krarup rounded off the speeches by instructing those present on the history of the Nevers and proper etiquette. Consideration had been given to 40 Nevers to mark the special occasion, but in the interests of enabling folks to catch trains home, the decision had been made to adopt the ‘Full Seven’. This is the CRG’s equivalent of the 21-Gun Salute. All present joined in a rousing series of Nevers, though curiously (and probably for the first time) ‘Dead Ants’ were absent. Perhaps, after all, age is bringing wisdom – or dodgy knees.

How Tanzania Development Trust will use the CRG’s Donations

The money raised by the CRG at the Garden Party, and via donations from members, amounted to around £3,000. Most of this has gone towards a project to provide water to three villages in Kishanda Ward, Kagera Region, in the north west of Tanzania. The villages do have access to water through existing springs, but this is then contaminated by open access to animals, clothes and personal washing. By installing concrete supply points, with fencing, spring water will be protected from contamination. Other areas using similar structures in Muleba District report an immediate and dramatic drop in water-borne illnesses like dysentery and giardia. In Kishanda we hope this will improve the health of up to 18,000 people, as well as delivering a number of other knock-on benefits.

water collection point diagram

The cost of the project, over and above local contributions, is around £6,000, and another Trust has committed £4,000, on condition that another donor is found for the remainder. So the fit couldn’t be better! TDT’s Chair Jonathan Pace, who spoke at the CRG meeting, has researched this application as project officer. TDT has also had a positive experience working in Kishanda, previously funding latrines for the village.

Roaring Forties Gin Release!

Roaring Forties gin bottle

Roaring Forties gin bottleIn recognition of our 40 years of campaigning, the Campaign for Real Gin is delighted to be able to announce the creation of the Roaring Forties CRG Celebration Gin.

The flavour of the gin is described as:

…Essentially juniper forward with plenty of citrus notes as we use both lemon peel and lime follower oil.

Big, booming nose that gives everything a London Dry should do but more. Super active entry into the mouth yet gorgeously deep and mellow. All the flavour you could want in wonderful integration. Complexity gives super smoothness and velvet flow while retaining the lively character. Complex, long, refreshing finish. Aftertaste lasts for ever.

Alternatively, if you prefer a ‘spider chart’ to describe your gin, here it is:

flavour map for foxdenton and campaign gins

The plan is to unveil our Celebration Gin at the 2018 Garden party, though it will not form part of the Summer Cup.

Celebration Gin is being offered in 6-bottle cases (a sign of our age that we have reduced from the previous 12-bottle cases?), which can be delivered direct to your address from Foxdenton, our distiller. The price per bottle reduces the more cases that you buy!

World Gin Day in Falmouth

Nick and Dave Ellis celebrate World Gin Day in Falmouth

Nick and Dave Ellis celebrate World Gin Day in FalmouthHon Sec Nick Ellis and brother Dave lift a glass on World Gin Day (June 9th) in Falmouth.

In Falmouth at the start of their own epic sail along the South coast of England, their visit coincided with the assembling of sailors for the non-stop around-the-world Golden Globe race.

The race route takes the competitors into the heart of the fabled Roaring Forties, as demonstrated by the race map below.

Overheard conversing knowledgeably about The Roaring Forties, the Ellis brothers quickly drew an attentive crowd. However, it soon melted away as the penny dropped that this was not a masterclass on navigating the Southern Ocean.

What’s YOUR story of celebrating World Gin Day?

Golden Globe race route 2018

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s experiences in The Roaring Forties during the first-ever Golden Globe race were immortalised in an iconic painting by marine artist Gordon Frickers? Want to learn more? Click here..

Campaign recognised by Trade Mark

Campaign for real Gin Trade Mark certification

Campaign for real Gin Trade Mark certificationRecent eagle eyed visitors to the website may have noticed the addition of a small ‘TM’ to the Campaign’s name.

Prompted by Campaigner Jonathan Jeyes, a vote was taken at the 2017 Christmas Dinner to mark the 40th anniversary by applying for a Campaign for Real Gin trade mark.

After forty years of campaigning, it seemed sensible to defend against any Johnny-come-latelies trying to assert that they, not the Campaign, are responsible for the current vogue in gin.

Accordingly, Jonathan set to work, and on 4th May 2018, UK Trade Mark No. 00003284004 was entered into the register, effective 20th January 2018.

This has been added to the Home page as a CRG milestone, and we look forward to seeing the trade mark on our upcoming brew of ‘Roaring Forties’ gin.