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Representatives to SIBA Wales and West Region


Norman Pearce

Norman Pearce

Corvedale Brewery

Born North London on 1st January 1947 and moved to the new of town of Hemel Hempstead in 1953, married to Teresa for 35 years with 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and a growing number of grandchildren!

Left school at the age of 15 (yes 15) and served a 5 year motor vehicle apprentice starting at the age of 16, first weeks pay was £2.10s (£ 2.50), on finishing apprenticeship had a year on the old GPO repairing chain saws to 30 ton lorries, it was like early retirement! Then in November 1968 Shell mex and B.P opened the now famous Buncefield oil depot (the one that had the big fire) so I started at Buncefield in January 1969 repairing road tankers Leyland, Scammell, A.E.C, E.R.F and many long gone names. In the end testing and inspecting vehicles for repair and M.O.T.

Then in the summer of 1983 I saw a closed Whitbread pub in the heart of Shropshire and Teresa let me put a offer in with out her seeing it, but when Teresa saw it she to fell in love with the Sun Inn @ Corfton so in November 1984 Teresa, myself and four small children moved in to a run down pub with no heating, damp and broken windows. Our claim to fame came in the mid 90s when the pub was voted the most committed pub in the UK meeting requirement of disabled people (beating JDW and Beefeaters restaurants in the final at the Savoy hotel).

Every year from, I think it was 1993 to 2011, my week’s holiday was working at GBBF but in 2009 I helped to get Ludlow Spring Festival of the ground and now help run it with over 200 beers and 5000 visitors.
By 1998 the Sun Inn had served over 1000 guest ales, so it was now time to build a brewery and brew our own beer so in the summer of 1999 Corvedale brewery was born so now I had a pub and a brewery.
Back in approx. 2001 I was co-opted on to SIBA council and have been on council since all bar a couple of years.

The pub and brewing industry has come a long way in 30 years some good and some bad but I am still committed to providing a good pint.

Dave Shaw

Dave Shaw

Big Hand Brewing Company ltd.

Biography coming soon