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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.
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Following lively debate at last night’s Branch AGM to proposed motion to limit the number of consecutive years that any venue could win Pub or Club of The Year was overwhelmingly rejected. There will therefore be no changes to the POTY or COTY rules.
There were also a number of changes to committee positions and full details will appear on the branch committee page.
Thanks to all the members who took the time to attended last night
Reminder it is the branch AGM tomorrow night Tuesday 21st February at the Beehive in Montpellier. Start time 7:30pm.
Copy of the Agenda can be found here http://www.cheltenhamcamra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/AGM-Agenda-Feb-2017.pdf
If you would like to raise a motion for discussion or volunteer for any of the committee roles please contact secretary[at]cheltenhamcamra.org.uk
For the second time in five years the Cheltenham Motor Club has won the award for CAMRA UK Club of the Year. Since winning in 2013 the Motor Club has made it to the final four shortlist every year since. A great and ever-changing choice of real ales, outstanding quality and cellar skills and improved facilities have been central to the Motor Club’s continuing success. Until the announcement of the new CAMRA UK Pub of the year, later this month, the Sandford Park Alehouse remains the UK Pub of the Year. This means that , for a short time, Cheltenham will simultaneously be home to the CAMRA UK Club and Pub of the Year.
The Cheltenham Motor Club first secured the coveted title in 2013. Since then, the club has made significant improvements to its seating and bar area, demonstrating a clear commitment to improving the experience of its members and guests alike.
This friendly and welcoming club, formed in 1906, usually has six real ales and three real ciders on tap, alongside its new bottled beer bar and a Belgian draught beer. The club area has also recently been extended into the former committee room to create a larger seating area. It runs two beer festivals a year and is decorated with motoring paraphernalia and boasts an extensive collection of pump clips.
The club will be presented with a plaque by CAMRA Judge Keith Spencer to commemorate the award at an event open to the media on the 15th February at 1pm.
John Holland, Chairman of CAMRA’s Clubs Working Group says: “While the other finalists in the competition are great examples of well-run and welcoming clubs, Cheltenham Motor Club really set itself apart. Rather than resting on its laurels, they have taken huge steps to improve their bar area and beer selection.
Beyond this, it is clear that the local community passionately support Cheltenham Motor Club and that the club is a pivotal fixture in the local community.”
Neil Way, Cheltenham Motor Club Manager says: “As a long time member of CAMRA I am totally overwhelmed and honoured to win Club of the Year for a second time. I am lucky to have a very supportive wife, a supportive committee along with a very hard working, motivated and loyal bar team. The locals are tremendous too.
Winning Club of the Year in 2013 was a huge achievement for Cheltenham Motor Club and it generated a jump in trade from which we have been able to build and capitalise on. We could not have afforded to renovate the clubhouse if it hadn’t been for the increase in business that winning the CAMRA Club of the Year previously generated. We are very grateful to CAMRA and hope to build on this year’s award as well.”
The CAMRA Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine with the simple aim of finding the clubs with the greatest commitment to quality real ale – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. All nominated clubs in the competition are independently assessed by a panel of CAMRA volunteers throughout the year.
Runners up in the competition are Albatross Club in Bexhill, Dartford Working Men’s Club and Leyton Orient FC Supporters Club which all host beer festivals and boast a wide range of well-kept fantastic real ales.
Some great news for the coming year – Cheltenham Beer Week will be back this time including Gloucester in the equation. So for the first time (certainly in the UK), they will putting on a duel-centre Beer Week which will be held over the 10 day period between 15th and 24th September.
Leigh Norwood is setting up an organising committee of people who have time and effort to devote to the organisation of this event and whilst they have a reasonable number of volunteers, they could always do with others. So if you have some free time and would like to be involved in organising this exciting event, please get in touch with Leigh at Favourite Beers. If you are a venue that would like to be involved this year, please reach out to Leigh.
Look out for new web and social media sites for the new event #CGBW2017
Happy New Year to all Cheltenham branch members. Some of you might have made a new year’s resolution to have a dry January. If so spare a thought for your local landlord and why not still visit your local for soft drinks.
Congratulations once again to Neil and his team as we are pleased to announce that The Cheltenham Motor Club has once again made it to the finalist round of the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Club of the Year awards for the fourth year in a row. Let’s hope they can go one better this time and win the National title.
With Halloween and bonfire night firmly behind us it’s time to start looking forward to Christmas.
Once again to celebrate the December social will be a festive curry night
This year the venue will be Balti Walla on the Bath Road. It’s Bring Your Own Beer so you not need to worry about fizzy lager.
Date is Tuesday 6th December at 7pm
Price is £14.95 per person for their party menu which includes: –
Papadams+ pickles, Vegetarian platter starter, 4 curries between 4 (3 meat, 1 vegetarian), Rice each, Nan between 2. More details at http://www.baltiwalla.co.uk/party-menu.html
Vegetarians can order a bespoke deal.
If you are interested deposits of £5/head to the Sandford Park Alehouse by November 28th latest.