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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.

Next 5 Diary Events

18th December, 2018 - Christmas Charity Singalong
8th January, 2019 - Business Meeting - January
10th January, 2019 - Branch Social - January (Charlton Kings)
16th January, 2019 - Ale Amble - January
31st January to 2nd February, 2019 - 24th Tewkesbury Winter Ale Festival
Full Branch Diary

Notice of Branch AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Cheltenham Branch of CAMRA will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 21st February 2019 at The Beehive in Montpellier.

All committee post are open for nominations.  If you would like to stand for a position please contact the branch secretary.

All members welcome.  Please ensure you have your membership card with you, as you’ll need this for any votes that are taken.

If you wish to raise a subject for discussion, please email the details to the secretary, so it can be included on the agenda.

Selecting Cheltenhams Good Beer Guide Entries – Phase 2

Following the December Branch Committee meeting, the long list of pubs for selection for the 2020 Good Beer Guide has now been finalised. These venues were decided upon based on the published criteria (see this document) of previous GBG entry and beer scores taken from What Pub.

There are 15 pubs and clubs on the long list.  The list has been e mailed to all branch members on our mailing list.  If any branch member has not received the email and would like to see the list please contact us.

Phase 2 of the selection has now begun. If you visit any of these pubs, (or indeed any others in the branch area), please enter beer scores on What Pub and be part of the process to help decide our 8 GBG entries (and 2 reserves) and also our POTY / COTY. These will be chosen in March based primarily on these beer scores so the more data we have, the better. If you think there is an outstanding beer venue missing from this list then please let us know.

CRAF 2019 – Organisation Committee – Help Required

Planning has now begun for the 2019 Cheltenham Real Ale Festival. Although the core committee have had initial discussions, we realise that at times last year, we were overstretched in the preparation. To that end, we are now actively seeking volunteers to join the 2019 Organising Committee.

So, if you can assist us in the planning and preparation of our primary event of the year, please drop us an email with your contact details and we’ll get back to you. Please contact us at: crafstaff@gmail.com

There will be an initial meeting early in the new year, so please keep an eye on the website for further information.

Please note, this is not a call (at this stage) for volunteers to help at the actual event.

Selecting Cheltenham’s Good Beer Guide Entries – Phase 1

Following the launch of the 2019 Good Beer Guide the process has now begun to select the entries for the 2020 Good Beer Guide and we need your help.

With around one hundred venues in Cheltenham eligible for just eight places, it is important that a robust and transparent selection process is put in place to ensure that only the best make it into the Good Beer Guide. The venues which are recommended for inclusion in the guide should be ones that we are proud to recommend, and are included primarily due to the high quality of the real ale served. It is vital that all Cheltenham CAMRA members are given the opportunity to help in the selection process.

We have now defined the process and it can be found in THIS DOCUMENT. It details how Cheltenham Branch members can be involved at every stage of the selection process, from beginning to end. For Phase One, which last’s until the end of November, you can get involved in two ways:

1. By recommending a venue that you believe is a strong candidate for inclusion in the Good Beer Guide. In order to qualify the venue must meet the ‘Candidate Venues’ criteria as listed in the linked document.

2. Fill in beer scores on WhatPub website each time you drink real ale at a Cheltenham pub/club.

At the end of Phase One, a short list will be compiled and distributed to members for Phase 2 to commence. Details will be available in early December.

Cheltenham Motor Club retains its trophy

Congratulations to the Cheltenham Motor Club which is once again the winner of the South West region Club of the Year.

Well done to Neil and his team. The CMC now goes forward to the super regional stage of the competition as it tries to regain the national award it last won in 2016.

Gareth Macdonald, CAMRA’s South West Regional Director, presented the award to the CMC on Monday 22nd October.

Have you chosen your Champion Beer of Britain candidates?

The deadlines for nominating your choice of beers is 15th November. Please visit the CBOB VOTING website to make your choice.

The more votes we get, the more representative the results will be. The first round of voting is regionalised and not all beers are eligible. They must conform to the availability rules applicable to their style.

How to Vote

CAMRA members should login to CBOB VOTING using their member login details. If you have forgotten these details, please contact the Membership Services team by emailing membership@camra.org.uk or calling 01727 798440.

South West Pub-of-the-Year

Gloucestershire pub is the SW POTY.

Once again, a Gloucestershire pub has come top in the voting in the 2018 South West CAMRA pub-of-the-year competition. Congratulations to Rod, Karen and the team at the The Fleece at Hillesley. Now in the final 16 for the whole of the UK, the competition gets even tougher. An amazing pub, in the heart of the country; well worth a visit if you have not been there before. A warm welcome awaits as well as a great choice of ales and ciders.

Photo courtesy of North Cotswold CAMRA taken during the judging tour.