One of the motions passed during the recent Annual General Meeting instructed the new committee to review the format of our monthly branch meetings. These are the meetings that take place on the first Tuesday of each month in a different pub around Sheffield, and to which all branch members are invited. However, current attendance levels have led to the conclusion that a change in format might be needed to attract more members to come along. Prior to the meeting, then-chairman Mick Saxton sent an email to all branch members asking for opinions on this subject. We have received some really useful feedback, so thank you to everyone who responded to the email or contributed to the discussion at the AGM – all your ideas are greatly appreciated. Suggestions included combining branch meetings with other events such as meet the brewer evenings, beer tastings or brewery visits; restructuring the format of the meetings so that more emphasis is on local pub and brewery news rather than administrative matters; and ensuring that the venues are varied and accessible. The new committee will take all these ideas forward into future committee meetings but we are always open to ideas to encourage more members to get actively involved. If you have any suggestions, please get in touch with any committee member (details can be found at the back of Beer Matters or on our website) or come along to the next branch meeting (please see the branch diary for venues and times). We look forward to hearing from you soon!