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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

Woolpack Wins!

Congratulations to Cotswold Lion Brewery whose new beer “Woolpack” was judged as beer of the festival at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railways Spring Ale & Steam Festival. The 4% ABV brew is described as a light golden summer ale.

Changes to What’s Brewing and Beer distribution

All members should have received an email from HQ advising of the following but in case you haven’t here is some important news.

Starting with the June edition, HQ will no longer assume that you want to receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER magazine by post. You will therefore need to let them know if you would like to continue to receive printed copies of the publications either by contacting them online, over the phone, by email or post – see below for details.

CAMRA are asking members to “opt-in” to the printed service because it currently sends out more than 100,000 publications a month by post to members. This costs the Campaign a large amount of money, which could be used to fund other activities. It also has a significant environmental cost. Our research suggests a large proportion of the copies we print and post, and therefore the money we spend, is being wasted on unwanted and unread publications.

If you are happy to not receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER, you can still stay up-to-date with all of the latest news at wb.camra.org.uk. Here, you will find digital versions of What’s Brewing and BEER along with regular updates in between issues.

Click here to visit the What’s Brewing website!

If you have already opted out of getting these publications by post or are happy to switch to online today you don’t need to do anything further at this stage.

If you still wish to receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER you will still be able to do so, but you will need to get in touch. You can contact CAMRA:

  • Online – log into the Members’ Section at www.camra.org.uk with your membership number and password. Click “edit my membership information” then “amend my details” and under the “preferences” tab you can switch WB and/or BEER back to “by post”.
  • By phone – call 0330 058 3130 and follow the automated instructions to change your WB/BEER preference.
  • By email – send an email to membership@camra.org.uk with the subject “BEER/WB Preferences” and indicate if you still want to receive BEER, WB, or both, by post.
  • Write – send your membership number and preference for receiving WB, BEER or both by post to: Membership Contact Preferences, 230 Hatfield Road, St Albans Herts, Al1 4LW.

Notice of Special General Meeting

The May business meeting takes place in Cheltenham’s newest pub, The Old Courthouse, Regent Street, on Tuesday 8th May. The meeting will start with a Special General Meeting with the purpose of amending the Branch Constitution to change the date for the end of the Financial Year.

The meeting will start promptly at 8pm. All branch members are welcome. Please bring your CAMRA membership card to vote on any resolution presented.

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