the Holly Lane Vat where the F.O.F.B. came to fruition is no more. The
venue was taken over, and quite frankly ruined by the new owners, who
have done marvels elsewhere with the sports grounds and promoted
minority sports mainly of Gaelic and Irish origins. We are looking out
for another suitable venue in Birmingham that can become the new
There are other 'modern day' Vats already set up.
The Swan Inn, Fittleworth
and will always be Vat no.0 - the birthplace of the A.O.F.B. it should
remain as such even without any Vat activity.
Glastonbury Vat - although founder Chris Harding is relocating to the
Poole area - we await the setting up of the Dorset Vat.
Phoenix Vat in North West Kent - not sure how things are as we've
heard very little of late.
We have an overseas Vat in Singapore - where F.O.F.B. chairman
Dave Woodhead has family and friends and visits occasionally- located
at Brewerkz ( Riverside Point ) led by Blaster Robertson and Blower Tang
Townsend has e-mailed regarding the setting up of another overseas
in Dubai - hopefully to be in-augerated in early 2010.
An honorary Vat - the Hat
has been instigated at the Peyton Arms in Stoke Lyne, Oxfordshire - if
you are in the vicinity do drop in to see Mick the Hat - it will be an
unforgettable experience - and mention the Froth Blowers to mine host.
- well an e-mail at least - has reached the F.O.F.B. regarding a
group of goodly, albeit eccentric, people from the Prince of Wales
public house in Shrivenham, on the outskirts of Swindon. These kindly
folk have been
raising money for different charities over the years and have recently
formed their own 'Shrivenham
', after seeing the
on the A.O.F.B. / F.O.F.B in the Chap Magazine
. They loosely follow the the ideals and rituals of A.O.F.B. meetings
and have been holding meetings whilst wearing fancy dress - the Master
Blower being publican Mike Binyon ably backed up by Vice Gargler
Richard Hancock, who just happens to be the local vicar. Here are some
photo's of the said good folks of Shrivenham .
Click here for pictures
from the Shrivenham Vat
September 2011 a contingent of the usual F.O.F.B.s set out northwards
on the Midlands on an outing to North Wales to the Blue Bell Inn
Halkyn Flintshire. A great day was had and the Blue Bell Vat
The South East of England continues to be a hotbed of F.O.F.B. activity
with modern day Vats at the Grove Tavern
Tunbridge Wells and the Watermill Vat
at Burgess Hill. Both Vats are active regularly holding meetings and
raising funds for charity - keep up the great work.
Vat Steward Bob Oliver writes in September 2019 that the Watermill Vat is no more, replaced by FOFB Sussex Vats :
Sussex contingent of the Friends of the Frothblowers started up at The
Watermill Inn, Burgess Hill in 2014. It has since expanded its reach across
Sussex with regular meetings in Lewes and Brighton. It has an active social
calendar with full details available on its own web site and Facebook page.
Regular annual events now include a “Summer Seaside Sup” in June around
Brighton and a popular Micro Pub Crawl by train from West Worthing to Hove in
August. Regular “Out Meetings” are held across the County throughout the year.
Members are asked to pay a one off fee
of £5 and receive an enamelled badge based on the original AOFB Blaster design.
Members also attend official meetings at our adopted VATs, including Quench
Bar, Burgess Hill; The Brewers Arms. Lewes; and The Fiddlers Elbow Brighton to
plan our future events and also help raise money for local charities. Members
are kept up to date through occasional e mails.
The FOFB Sussex contingent have now reached a fantastic 39 members and is still growing and have their own website FOFB Sussex Vats
. FOFB Sussex on Facebook
October 8th 2011 saw the Sixth Annual Re-Union of the F.O.F.B. at the Red Lion
where there was a convalescence home, Rosedale House ( now called
Blackstone House ) , which was used by the A.O.F.B. - more can be read here
There was a very warm welcome from landlady Sue Robson and
assembled F.O.F.B's chatted, lunched and drank in moderation. Sue
Robson was declared a Fairy Belle and presented with a wristlet, and
the honourary Red Lion