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.
The Branch AGM will take place on Tuesday 20th February at the Sandford Park Alehouse. It will start promptly at 7:30pm.
All Committee positions are up for election, so if you would like to help forge the future direction of the Branch, then why not consider standing? A list of the positions available can be seen using the “Branch” > “Committee” tab in the drop-down menus above.
You can download a nomination form from here: Com_Nom_Form_2018 or speak to the Secretary prior to the AGM.
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.
On Saturday 13th January, the volunteers from CRAF 2017 were treated to a curry and beer night as a thank you for their hard work at last years festival. The organising committee would like to thank the Sandford Park Alehouse for hosting the event and providing an excellent range of curries and Severn Brewing for providing the beer for the event.
On Monday 4th December, the branch charity sing-along took place at a new venue – the Brewhouse and Kitchen (B&K). We raised over £270 for this years charity National Star, which added to the amount we raised for them at this year’s CRAF. Thanks to all of you who bought raffle tickets, the B&K for hosting the event, all those that donated prizes and our musical entertainment, Gren on the piano and Les with his ukulele band.
Thanks to the generosity of the attendees at CRAF 2017, we raised £400 for charity through Token Aid. The photos below show the presentations of cheques to the deserving recipients – The National Star Centre and Severn Freewheelers, aka The Blood Bikes.
January is often a difficult time for local pubs. Many people are spent up or partied out after the December and the Christmas / New Year festive season. Their cause is also not helped by people’s new year resolutions to cut down on alcohol and the many “Dry January” campaigns
In order to try and fight back against this, a campaign called “Tryanuary” has been set up to try and fight back against the ‘Dry January’ campaigns that are damaging the beer industry every year. Tryanuary is a UK wide campaign throughout January which aims to inspire people to seek out and try new beers.
The local Tryanuary Champion for Cheltenham, and possible Gloucestershire, is Leigh Norwood, who runs Cheltenham’s award winning Favourite Beers. The aim is to get as many pubs, clubs, breweries, shops, restaurants, social groups etc. to join in with Tryanuary – organising events, publicising new beers etc.
More details of how Cheltenham CAMRA will be supporting the campaign will follow.
If you are interested in finding out more details see: https://www.tryanuary.com/
CAMRA is investigating the impact of changes to our pubs as the big pub owning companies (Pub Co.) react
to the Pubs Code, put into force in 2016 after years of campaigning by licensee groups and
In the last two years, the number of pubs run on traditional long-term tenancies has fallen, as some
tenants are replaced by managers. Licensee campaigners are concerned that this may encourage
management turnover, all to avoid pubs being covered by the Code. The impact on customers is
Our Pub Campaigns Committee is looking, confidentiality, for information. It is particularly
interested to see if changes in management to pub company pubs result in more or less choice for
pub-goers. Has your local pub increased or reduced its range of real ale and cider after a change
of tenant? Or do you work in a pubco pub and have seen changes? The Committee would also like
to know about any changes in prices and in the quality of the beer being served.
Please send information to the Committee’s Chair, Paul Ainsworth – email@example.com
CAMRA will be attending the BBC Good Food Show at Birmingham’s NEC, where the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain Competition will be judged and announced for the second year running. Finalist judging will take place on the 30th November at 1pm at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Experience, following a series of local member voting rounds and regional judging competitions throughout the year.
The judging panel for the final has been announced and we are please to report the the chairman of the Cheltenham Tasting Panel and our publicity officer, Tony Lucas, is one of the judges. Last year Tony was a judge for one of the side panels that selected the beers to go forward to the final. Well done Tony, We always knew you had a fine palate!
The full make up of the final judging panel is: Christine Cryne (Panel Chair), Dave Jones, Derek Bradshaw, Tony Lucas and Richard Lee.
** UPDATE ** The winner was announced as “Big Job” a 7.2% offering from St.Austell brewery.
The 2018 edition of the Good Beer Guide was published in September, but already the planning process for the 2019 guide is underway.
As a branch, Cheltenham has 8 entries in the guide and these are decided by the branch committee. This is where we are calling on you – the members, to help us with the selection process. If you think there are any local pubs and clubs we should be considering, then please get in touch and let us know. These suggestions will then go into the assessment and selection process.
If any members would like to get involved in the assessment and selection process – including surveying the potential entrants, then please get in touch.
Contact pubs[AT]cheltenhamcamra.org.uk or secretary[AT]cheltenhamcamra.org.uk for further details.
Congratulations to Cheltenham Motor Club (CMC), which has once again been voted as the CAMRA South West Region Club-of-the-Year for 2017.
Club Steward, Neil Way is seen collecting his award from SW Regional Director Gareth MacDonald (L) and Branch Chair, John Crossley (R).
The CMC now goes on to the Super Regional round.