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.
An application has been submitted to Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) that could see the premises formally known as “Jamie’s” in Regent Street converted to a pub. Small pub company “Brunning & Price Ltd” have submitted the application (CBC Ref: 17/01187).
According to their website, “In the world of beers and lagers we always make sure there are some friendly familiar faces, but also something a little different. Our range of cask ales vary considerably from pub to pub but most will have 3 or 4 that don’t change very often, ideally supporting local brewers and 2 or 3 that rotate to encourage that niggling urge many of us have to try something new.“
Information relating to the CRAF was last updated on 6th September – the new logo revealed!
Our thanks go to Mat Jolly of ‘Jolly Good Design’ for this years logo and event poster.
News from the Brewhouse & Kitchen.
Following last months successful launch of its seasonal beer, the brewery wil be continuing with this type of event for the next couple of brews. This involves the ceremonial ‘tapping’ of the first cask and providing a few off free samples.
The next launch party will be for Propulsion II (a 6% black IPA) on Thursday 7th September with the ceremonial tapping at 7pm.
On Tuesday 5th September, they will be doing an open brewday starting at 15.00, where they will be brewing a fresh hopped beer (freshly picked in Farnham the same morning) that will be launched on the 21st September.
On Saturday 16th September, they will have a launch party for their Oktoberfest ale, which will celebrate Oktoberfest and cask ale week.
The Monday 23th October they have a launch party for their Halloween special brew (spiced pumpkin anyone?)
On Friday 4th August the branch social skittlers took to the alley at The Somerset Arms for their first match of the season. The opposition came from the Gloucester sub branch.
Unfortunately, the match resulted in a narrow loss for the plucky Cheltenham scratch team (by about 12 points). As it turned out, Gloucester had 9 and we had 15 skittles players so we opted for a 12 a side match (if we had not have been such good sports we might have won!). Branch Chair, John Crossley top scored for us with a credible 40.
The Somerset Arms proved a good venue – nice food, 5 real ales and a real cider were available. We collected about an extra £15 which we gave to their chosen charity.
We are looking for exciting new talent for our next match which will be against North Cotswolds on 10th November at the Charlton Kings Club. So come along if you are free.
Cheltenham bus operator Stagecoach West have announced a number of changes to their services, which may effect those of you who let the bus take the strain when visiting some of our pubs and clubs.
From Sunday 12th August, there will be changes on the following routes: A, B, C, D/E, F, 41 and 42. Service 99 will be withdrawn and taken over by another operator.
From Sunday 17th September, there will be changes to the 10 and 94/94U services.
There are no changes to the 51, 61, 97 or 98 services.
Full details on the Stagecoach website: here
Here’s a few pub snippets from July:
- Stonegate, owners of The Spectre, Whittle Taps and Yates (which itself has undergone a £450k revamp), have now added The Tivoli to their estate.
- Jamie’s Italian in Regent Street, has been taken over by the Brunning and Price pubco.
- The former landlord of The Suffolk Arms has taken over The Beaufort Arms on London Road.
- There’s a new landlord in The Greatfield
- The Restoration is to close during August for a major revamp.
- It is hoped The Midland, close to the railway station will reopen soon. Owners EI are looking to appoint new tenants in the next few weeks.
Did you know that by entering beer scores into What Pub when you visit our local pubs it not only helps us assess the quality of our pubs, and help in the decision process towards the Good Beer Guide entries and aslo our Branch Pub of The Year, it also gives you a chance to win a prize of a CAMRA book?
We are pleased to announce that one of the winners this month is our very own Clubs officer Dave “Middy” Midwinter. Congratulations Middy.
To find out more about the National Beer Scoring visit the CAMRA website http://www.camra.org.uk/nbss
One of our neighbouring beer festivals is looking for more volunteers to help run the festival.
The Worcester CAMRA Beer, Cider and Perry festival takes place on Worcester racecourse from 17th to 19th August.
More details and how to volunteer can be found on their website.
Why not lend a hand, its good fun and also a good way to refresh you beer festival skills before our own festival in October
CRAF 2017 takes place from Thurs 26th to Sat 28th October and we’re looking for volunteers to help with the festival. If you can spare us a few hours over the course of the week, (set-up is from Tuesday), then please download the volunteers form from here
The 41st Cotswold Beer Festival takes place in and around the Tithe Barn at Postlip, near Winchcombe from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017.
Tickets are available from a number of local outlets and on the door (cash only).
Please note that bus tickets must be bought in advance, as we are not allowed to sell them on the bus.
See the Festival website here for further details of all the methods for buying tickets, and other information about the Festival (including the Festival bus service and camping facilities).