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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

17th August to 18th August, 2018 - Cider & Cheese Festival
22nd August, 2018 - Ale Amble - August
4th September, 2018 - Branch Business Meeting - September
6th September to 8th September, 2018 - Moreton Beer Festival
7th September to 9th September, 2018 - 10th Cheltenham Cricket Club Beer Festival
Full Branch Diary

Pub and Club of the Year Winners

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.

Brewery Liaison Officer – vacancies

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

Gloucester Beer Festival – can you help?

This year’s Gloucester Beer Festival (the 6th) is scheduled to take place on 27th-28th April at the wonderful Blackfriars in Ladybellegate Street.

This is an urgent call out for volunteers for the event including the set-up, (21st-23rd April), the festival itself and clear-up on 29th.

If you can help, then please contact: steve.marg@blueyonder.co.uk in the first instance.

RIP Dorothy Gasson

Cheltenham CAMRA are sorry to hear this news from the Adam and Eve. Dot was a terrific landlady and a lovely person and GBG regular. Our condolences to her family.

It is with deep sadness that The Adam & Eve has to announce the sad passing of former landlady Dorothy Gasson. Dot, who ran the Adam & Eve for over 30 years will be forever entwined in the history and fabric of the pub, loved by many , revered by many more. All the staff and customers take this opportunity to pass on their deepest condolences and love to the family at this sad time. Dot Gasson, gone but never forgotten #lastordersatthebar

Notice of Branch AGM

The Branch AGM takes place on Tue 20th Feb at the Sandford Park Alehouse, starting 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.

Were you a member of CAMRA in the 1970s?

We have received the following message and wonder if anybody out there can help.
“My father, Richard Quinn, was an avid home brewer and member of CAMRA Cheltenham in the mid-to-late 70s. He sadly passed away in December 1978, at the young age of 26, while my mother was pregnant with me. I would love to make contact with any CAMRA member that might remember him. He worked at Eagle Star and was a member of their skittles team, playing in the Cheltenham Skittles League.
Thanks,

Russell Quinn”

Were you a member of CAMRA in the 1970s?  If so are you able to help? If so please contact us and we will forward your details to Russell.

Charity sing-along 2017

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.

Tryanuary

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/