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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 850 members in the GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 postcode areas.

Next 5 Diary Events

5th May, 2021 - Branch Business meeting via zoom
12th May, 2021 - Cheltenham Branch Annual General Meeting
Full Branch Diary

Notification of Branch AGM – Wed 12th May 2021 (7:00pm)

The Cheltenham Branch AGM will take place on Wednesday 12th May from 7:00pm. It will be a ‘Zoom’ virtual meeting.

You will need to register to receive the Zoom Joining Instructions.

Please register your interest by sending an email to the secretary: secretary[at]cheltenhamcamra.org.uk – with your name and CAMRA Membership Number. An Agenda and other documentation will be issued to those who have registered, prior to the event.

Ian Scott
Secretary, Cheltenham CAMRA

AGM 2021 – Additional Information

Due to the current Covid restrictions, the meeting will be held using Zoom Video Conferencing. We apologise in advance to those who cannot join via this medium, which is due to circumstances beyond our control. You will need to register to receive the ‘Zoom’ Joining Instructions.

All Committee positions are up for re-election. You can see a list of the current post holders using the ‘Branch’ > Committee’ tab in the drop down menus above. If you wish to stand for a Committee position, please send a request for a nomination form to the Secretary, with “Committee Nomination” in the subject line.

If you wish to raise Motions for debate, which will be covered under AOB, please send the details in an email to the Secretary prior to the meeting, with “AGM 2021 Motion” in the subject line.

Please note: attendance is restricted to members of the CAMRA Cheltenham Branch only.

REOPENING FROM APRIL 12TH (Outside only)

Following today’s announcement that the roadmap to lifting of covid restrictions is still on track the following are the pubs and clubs that we know will be reopening for outdoor service

  • The Apple Tree, Woodmancote
  • The Beehive, Prestbury (no reservations – first come, first served)
  • The Bell, Shurdington
  • Bottle of Sauce
  • The Exmouth Arms
  • Gloucester Old Spot (outside eating & drinking. Booking recommended)
  • Harry Cook’s Free House
  • The Hewlett (opening 14th May)
  • The House In The Tree (outside drinking. Reservations required for food tables)
  • Jolly Brewmaster – Reopening 29th April – Thursdays to Sundays only
  • Kings Head, Bishops Cleeve
  • Moon Under Water (outside drinking)
  • The Plough. Prestbury (opening 14th April. Outside eating and drinking. Tables can be booked for food)
  • The Railway (booking reccomended)
  • Sandford Park Alehouse (outside drinking)
  • Cheltenham Motor Club (outside drinking & takeaway. No booking 1st come 1st served)
  • Goffs Brewery (Fridays & Saturdays)
  • Royal Oak, Prestbury – Reopening 28th April for Outside eating & drinking.  Advanced booking of tables recommended.

Please check directly with establishments for full details. Covid safety restrictiin including table service and rule of six still apply.

IF there are any establishments we have missed please let us know.

Roadmap out of Lockdown

As you are probably all aware the UK Government have announced the roadmap from Coronavirus lockdown for England, which will allow the reopening of hospitality venues including pubs and clubs.

The key dates are:-

  • April 12th.  Venues can open and serve alcohol in outside areas and can also sell alcohol for takeaway.
  • May 17th. Venues can open inside areas  for service of alcohol.
  • June 21st. All restrictions lifted.

Restrictions such as table service, sizes of groups / household mixing / rule of six will apply but 10pm curfews and substantial meal restrictions are gone.

We will be listing details of  venue reopenings on our covid / lockdown page.

Note that these dates are “not earlier than” dates and so may slip depending on thr covid data at the time.

Full details of the regulations can be found on the government website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

 

The Vine – Can you help?

Edward Anderson, who has the lease on The Railway, Swan and Vine in town, is considering changing the layout of The Vine at some point this year.  He is considering returning it more to the original layout but he has no idea of how the original interior would have looked.

Can anybody out there help him ?  Do you have any idea of the how the pub was laid out originally?

Geoff Sandles wonderful book “Cheltenham Pubs Through Time” tells us that the The Vine was originally called “The Coopers Arms” and was rebuilt after a fire in 1909 but we have no pictures of the interior.

If there is anyone who can remember how the pub used to look or even has photographs of the old interior Ed would love to meet them. Contact us and we can put you in touch.

 

The Kemble Brewery Inn is a Cheltenham ‘Lockdown Hero’

As we struggle with the negative effects of the latest UK lockdown, one thing is becoming more and more apparent: there has never been a more important time to emphasise that pubs, clubs, brewers and cider makers are a force for good in the community. Some individuals in the hospitality sector are going further and making an amazing effort to combat the social effects of the epidemic. They are going the extra mile to help people in need, despite suffering tremendous financial losses themselves during Covid-19.

One such hero is Caron Sayner, licensee of The Kemble Brewery Inn in Fairview, Cheltenham. Caron has received a CAMRA ‘Lockdown Hero’ award, from Cheltenham CAMRA, for exceptional service to the community. Despite only being open from October 6th to November 4th, since the March 2020 lockdown, Caron has continued to cook and deliver hot meals every Saturday. Although the pub is closed, and cannot supply takeaway beer directly from the pub, Caron also takes orders and delivers beer to her locals, at cost price.

Despite the financial losses from the long shutdown and having to continue to pay a reduced rent to her pub company, Caron uses the income from food sales to help those in need. Since the second lockdown onwards Caron has provided free ‘school meals’ to families in need and also to local people who are isolated – even delivering shopping for people when she is ‘tipped off’ by her pub regulars and neighbours.

On Christmas Day, Caron cooked and delivered 72 Christmas meals to people who were in need, or who were spending Christmas on their own. In addition, due to the generosity of the Kemble’s regulars, the Christmas meals were supplemented by donations of chocolates, mince pies, etc in Christmas Day gift bags delivered with the lunches.

“The Kemble Brewery Inn is a proper community backstreet local”, said Rob Coldwell, Cheltenham CAMRA Branch Chair. “Caron has worked wonders since she took over the Kemble to the extent that the pub has been our ‘Pub of the Year’ for the last two years and has done so in competition against some of the best pubs in the South West.”

“Despite greatly reduced income during lockdown, Caron has gone beyond all expectations to help keep people going in these hard times,” said Rob. “The Kemble is a great example of the traditional local pub – great beer, great food and a licensee who is the caring centre of the community. Cheltenham CAMRA is honoured to be able to recognise an inspirational licensee and present Caron with our first ‘Lockdown Hero’ Award.”

Meals can be ordered for collection or delivery every Saturday. See www.facebook.com/thekemble for details.

Battledown Brewery FA Cup Offer

Battledown Brewery have been proactive in advance of Manchester City’s arrival in Cheltenham on Saturday 23rd January for an F.A. Cup match against The Robins by offering free, local delivery and a discount of 15% for orders until 23:59 that day.

https://www.battledownbrewery.com/shop

The discount code is FACUP; don’t forget to click the promotion button before payment.

The beer range has been extended particularly since the 10-barrel plant was installed and the arrival of a Belgian brewer.

Covid Update – January 2020

As of Wednesday 6th January England has been placed under national covid lockdown restrictions.  These restrictions have a significant impact on the hospitality industry as they no longer permit pubs and clubs of offer takeaway alcohol for collection.  Alcohol can only be sold for delivery.  This will help supermarkets and off-licenses, while yet again disadvantaging pubs and clubs.  Please support the pubs, clubs and licensees that are at the heart of our communities and email your MP at https://camra.e-activist.com/page/73809/action/1 asking them to revise the guidance.

Several local pubs will continue to offer food only takeaway and we are still listing details of the details we know of these venues on our website under the lockdown tab.

1st Cheltenham Virtual Winter Beer Festival

Following the success of the first Cheltenham Virtual Beer Festival back in June 2020, the Friends of Cheltenham & District Samaritans have decided to follow it up with a ‘Virtual Winter Beer Festival’ to be held on Saturday 20th February

For the bargain price of £20, beer drinkers in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury can get a box of seasonal beers delivered straight to their door by one of our team (following strict social distancing of course). Within the box will be a selection of 5 outstanding Craft Beers from local breweries (Bristol Beer Factory, Good Chemistry, DEYA Brewing Co., Goffs Brewery and Stroud Brewery). Additionally, we have teamed up with the fabulous ‘Woozy Pig’ to offer options for a small range of ‘heat up at home’ food options to perfectly complement the beer.

As with the summer festival, as well as the home-delivered beer and food options we have some fantastic online features that you can watch on our YouTube channel on the day. For each of the beers in your box, there will be a scheduled video’ tutored beer tasting’ by local celebrities and/or beer experts, we also hope to have bespoke video clips from each of the breweries and just like the summer festival, these will be interspersed with online video sets from various local musicians/bands, comedy sketches and quiz’s.

Tickets for this event are limited to just under 200 and will be allocated on a First Come, First Served basis, so don’t delay getting your order in. Unfortunately, we will only be able to deliver beer boxes and Woozy Pig food packs to Cheltenham Postcodes (GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 as far as Severn Springs) and to Tewkesbury (including Mitton, Priors Park, Northway and Ashchurch). Note: You will need to be at home to take delivery of the packs – especially any food orders which will need to be chilled.

All proceeds raised from this event are going to the ‘Cheltenham and District Samaritans’ and thanks to the support and generosity of the brewers and Woozy Pig, we are hoping to get close to matching the amazing £5000 raised in the summer.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite at:  Virtual Winter Beer Festival Tickets

Even if you cannot join in with the festival directly (i.e. if you are not in Cheltenham and we cannot get the beers to you, or even if you don’t drink beer!), you can still watch the proceedings on our YouTube channel from 6.00pm on the day and if you would like to support us you can donate to our ‘Just Giving’ page (see link below).

First Virtual Cheltenham Craft Beer Festival – YouTube Channel

To donate via our ‘Just Giving’ page please go to:

Friends of The Samaritans Just Giving Page