Welcome to Cheltenham CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. We are a voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.The Cheltenham Branch has around 1,000 members in the GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 postcode areas.
Tickets for the 42nd Cotswold (Postlip) Beer Festival – including for the first time, an all day Saturday ticket, are now on sale. Tickets for camping, and a regular bus service from Cheltenham are also available.
They can be bought online, by post or in person from Favourite Beers and the Sandford Park Alehouse in Cheltenham, or The Plaisterers Arms in Winchcombe.
For more details see the new dedicated festival website.
Book before 23rd June to secure the early bird discount!
Congratulations to Prescott Brewery, whose 3.8% ABV Hill Climb, a light and refreshing pale ale, has won Gold at the 2018 SIBA Wales and West beer awards in the ‘Cask British Bitters – up to 4.4%’ category.
Congratulations to Cotswold Lion Brewery whose new beer “Woolpack” was judged as beer of the festival at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railways Spring Ale & Steam Festival. The 4% ABV brew is described as a light golden summer ale.
Branch Chair John Crossley is seen presenting barmaid Jen Smee with the certificate after the Jolly Brewmaster was voted Cheltenham Pub of the Year (POTY) for 2018. Congratulations to Danielle and all at the Jolly Brew, which now goes forward to the south west regional competition.
May is Mild month (although may be not weatherwise!), so why not visit your local and enjoy a pint!
All members should have received an email from HQ advising of the following but in case you haven’t here is some important news.
Starting with the June edition, HQ will no longer assume that you want to receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER magazine by post. You will therefore need to let them know if you would like to continue to receive printed copies of the publications either by contacting them online, over the phone, by email or post – see below for details.
CAMRA are asking members to “opt-in” to the printed service because it currently sends out more than 100,000 publications a month by post to members. This costs the Campaign a large amount of money, which could be used to fund other activities. It also has a significant environmental cost. Our research suggests a large proportion of the copies we print and post, and therefore the money we spend, is being wasted on unwanted and unread publications.
If you are happy to not receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER, you can still stay up-to-date with all of the latest news at wb.camra.org.uk. Here, you will find digital versions of What’s Brewing and BEER along with regular updates in between issues.
Click here to visit the What’s Brewing website!
If you have already opted out of getting these publications by post or are happy to switch to online today you don’t need to do anything further at this stage.
If you still wish to receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER you will still be able to do so, but you will need to get in touch. You can contact CAMRA:
- Online – log into the Members’ Section at www.camra.org.uk with your membership number and password. Click “edit my membership information” then “amend my details” and under the “preferences” tab you can switch WB and/or BEER back to “by post”.
- By phone – call 0330 058 3130 and follow the automated instructions to change your WB/BEER preference.
- By email – send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “BEER/WB Preferences” and indicate if you still want to receive BEER, WB, or both, by post.
- Write – send your membership number and preference for receiving WB, BEER or both by post to: Membership Contact Preferences, 230 Hatfield Road, St Albans Herts, Al1 4LW.
The May business meeting takes place in Cheltenham’s newest pub, The Old Courthouse, Regent Street, on Tuesday 8th May. The meeting will start with a Special General Meeting with the purpose of amending the Branch Constitution to change the date for the end of the Financial Year.
The meeting will start promptly at 8pm. All branch members are welcome. Please bring your CAMRA membership card to vote on any resolution presented.
Branch Chair John Crossley presents club steward Neil Way with his certificate after the Motor Club was voted Cheltenham Club of the Year for 2018. Congratulations to all at the CMC, which now goes forward to the south west regional competition.
Congratulations to this year’s Pub and Club of The Year Winners.
The branch Pub of the Year (POTY) for 2018 is The Jolly Brewmaster, who managed to retain the title in spite of stiff competition.The presentation of the POTY Certificate to the Jolly Brew will take place on Tuesday 15th May at 7:30pm.
The branch Club of The Year (COTY) for 2018, once again, is the Cheltenham Motor Club. The presentation of the COTY Certificate to the Motor Club will take place on Monday 9th April at 7:30pm.
Well done to Danielle, at The Jolly Brew and Neil at The Motor Club. Both will now go forward to the south west regional section of the respective national competitions. Please come along to the presentations to show your support to these worthy winners.
We have a vacancy for a Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) for one of the breweries in our branch area.
The BLOs job it is to act as the link between CAMRA and the brewery. He or she should keep in regular touch with one or more people at the brewery so that they can learn what is happening, and of equal importance, the brewery can know CAMRA’s views on issues that may be of concern to the brewery. One important job for the BLO is to ensure that the information published in the brewery section of each Good Beer Guide is accurate.
We currently need a BLO for the ‘Brewhouse & Kitchen’.
If you are interested in this role – which is independent of the branch committee, please contact us via the secretary[at}cheltenhamcamra.org.uk