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  • Cheltenham Motor Club Wins National Club of the Year
    Cheltenham Motor Club Wins National Club of the Year
    Cheltenham Motor Club gets the hat trick by being named the best club in Britain for the third time

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

8th April, 2020 - Branch Business (Virtual) Meeting - April
15th April, 2020 - Ale Amble - April - CANCELLED
21st April to 25th April, 2020 - The Great Welsh Beer Festival 2020 - CANCELLED
5th May, 2020 - Branch Business (Virtual) Meeting - May
5th May to 6th May, 2020 - Ale Amble - May
Full Branch Diary

BRANCH UPDATE – COVID-19

Following advice from CAMRA HQ, all branch meetings, presentations and ale ambles are cancelled until the end of June at the earliest. We will update this note as we get further information. Please visit the “Covid-19” page, using the TAB above to check on the status of off-sales currently available from our local breweries.

Rob Coldwell
Chair
Cheltenham CAMRA

17/03/2020

Pulling Together

You’ll have all seen the announcement by the Prime Minister this week and, no doubt, been as concerned as us about the escalating situation, and horrified by the potential implication that social distancing measures will have on pubs, clubs, breweries and cider producers. It also undoubtedly will have a huge impact on our activities as an organisation, as well as the activities and social lives of our members.

It is with a heavy heart that the CAMRA National Executive has decided to cancel all festivals and events from now until the end of June, following Government guidance to limit mass gathering. This includes – but is not limited to – the Great Welsh Beer Festival and the Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference, branch festivals, meetings and socials. We will continue to review the likelihood of the Great British Beer Festival going ahead in August and will notify members in due course.

To support the beer and pubs industry during this difficult time, we have decided to partner with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Crowdfunder to try and help pubs, clubs, breweries, tap rooms and cider producers during these difficult times.

Our Pulling Together campaign encourages pubs, brewers and cider makers to come up with innovative ways to keep their business afloat during this crisis – whether that be launching a new online shop, offering beer or cider takeaways or providing redeemable gift vouchers for locals.

The campaign aims to amplify the voices of those pubs, brewers and cider producers while connecting the public with their favourite local businesses. With the help of Crowdfunder, we will also encourage pubs and breweries to tap into their community to help weather the crisis.

Please get involved:

  • Let us know of any initiatives that might be happening in your area so that we can add it to our online resource – simply email pullingtogether@camra.org.uk or fill out the online form on the webpage
  • Tell others about the campaign – we’ve put together social media assets that you can share across your branch or personal webpage or social media accounts, which you an access here.
  • Go out and support those affected pubs – avoid the supermarkets and bring a growler down to a participating pub to fill up there, using our map to find a participating pub near you
  • Join our online community Pulling Together for People, Pints & Pubs on Facebook – here we will aim to set up an online pub community for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak with the ambition of organising regular beer o’clock, pub quizzes and more

You can find details of the current details we have on local pubs, clubs breweries and beer shops under the Covid-19 drop down menu above

No Cheltenham Real Ale Festival in 2020

Following government advice on Covid-19, CAMRA HQ have cancelled all beer festivals until the end of June and are reviewing festivals going forward on a weekly basis. They have also put a stop to any spend on other planned beer festivals without authorisation from HQ. Importantly there is also a ban on holding all meetings. As a result of these policies, we have made the difficult decision not to go ahead with Cheltenham Real Ale Festival 2020.

The planning meeting scheduled for Tuesday 24th March is cancelled.

I realise this decision will come as a disappointment to all of you after the hard work that has been put in over the past few months planning for this year’s festival. We have, however, decided to take the early decision to cancel before we have made any significant commitments rather than carry on and then have cancellation forced upon us at a later date. Due to the number of changes we were trying to implement this year, it would also be difficult to progress the key actions without face to face meetings.

It is difficult to predict what the situation will be in October. If some semblance of normality has returned, then other more established CAMRA festivals may be going ahead on our chosen date and we will be able to support these. The pubs and breweries of Cheltenham may need our support rather than having trade drawn away by our festival and we as a branch can focus our campaigning efforts on supporting these businesses.

The decision also lets everyone know where they stand and those who have businesses, or jobs, that may be directly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis in the immediate future can concentrate on these important activities without the distraction of CRAF.

We aim to re-establish the festival in 2021 and hope many of you will be able to be involved in the organisation of the event once again.

Gloucester CAMRA Beer Festival Cancelled

We have been notified by our friends over in Gloucester that in the light of the current concerns about the spread of COVID 19, the decision had been taken to cancel this year’s Gloucester Beer Festival. This has not been an easy decision to take but the well-being of our visitors and staff must take priority.

We apologise for any inconvenience but hope everyone will understand the decision.
Our intention is to start the planning for the 2021 festival early for next year.

Our 2020 Award Winners

We would like to announce the winners of our 2020 Pub, Club and Cider Pub of the Year competitions.  The winners were decided at our open meeting in accordance with our published criteria.

Pub of the Year was won by The Kemble Brewery Inn, who retain the title they won last year.  Runner up was The Sandford Park Alehouse.

Club of the Year was won by The Cheltenham Motor Club, who are current National Club of the Year and retain the title they won last year.  Runner up was Charlton Kings Club.

Cider Pub of the Year was won by The Jolly Brewmaster.

Congratulations to Caron, Neil and Danielle and all their hard working staff on winning their respective awards.

We will be arranging presentations to all the winners and  runners up.  Details of the dates and times for these will be published here.

Cheltenham Motor Club wins CAMRA National Club of the Year

A Cheltenham club which caters to motor enthusiasts has won the prestigious Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Club of the Year award for the third time, having also taken home the title in 2013 and 2017.

This friendly and welcoming club, established in 1906, has six real ales and three real ciders on tap. It also boasts a draught German beer, a bottled Belgian beer range and two craft keg lines. The club is decorated with motoring paraphernalia and pump clips and continues to run a beer festival every year.

The club will be presented with a plaque to commemorate the award at an event open to the media on 19 February at 1 pm.

Keith Spencer, Chairman of CAMRA’s Clubs Committee says: “Cheltenham Motor Club keeps raising the bar in this competition – year after year! It is clear that the club is a pivotal fixture in the local community, and you can see people of all ages and from all backgrounds throwing their support behind it.”

Neil Way, Cheltenham Motor Club Manager says: “It came as a profound shock to have won this year’s Club of the Year Award. As a long-term member of CAMRA, I am incredibly proud to have won it again. An awful lot of hard work goes into running a private member’s club and to have finished ahead of the other three superb clubs in the final is very humbling. I need to thank the competition judges, my management committee for their unswerving support, the local Cheltenham CAMRA Branch for their long-term support, my amazing suppliers and breweries, my fantastic bar staff past and present, my great locals and last but not least my long-suffering wife George who is, without doubt, my rock. Long live great real ale!”

The CAMRA Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine with the simple aim of finding the clubs with the greatest commitment to quality real ale – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. All nominated clubs in the competition are independently assessed by a panel of CAMRA volunteers throughout the year.

Runners up in the competition include the Appleton Thorn Village Hall in Warrington, the Flixton Conservative Club in Manchester and the Orpington Liberal Club in Orpington.

CRAF 2020 – Viability Meeting (14th January)

Did you enjoy CRAF 2019? Do you want to see a CRAF 2020?

We need your help in assessing the viability of holding further festivals.  We will be holding a meeting on 14th January 2020 starting at 7:30pm at Sandford Park Alehouse where we will review the successes and failures from previous festivals and decide whether we should pursue further festivals or concentrate on other areas to promote CAMRA and real ale in Cheltenham, such as building on the successful Cotswold Beer Festival.

In order to assess the viability of the festival we are considering the following areas:

  • Is the market for beer festivals reaching saturation point?
  • Do we have the skills to use marketing to attract more people?
  • What should be the aims of a CAMRA beer festival?
  • Do the available venues make running a profitable festival possible?
  • Do we have sufficient volunteers at every level to run a successful festival?

Please come to the meeting to provide your thoughts and potentially volunteer to join the beer festival organising team.

We would also like to hear from you if you can’t make the meeting but have some suggestions and / or are able to join the team. The agenda for the meeting can be found HERE.

Winter Pub of The Season

Congratulations to The Beehive in Montpellier which has been voted Cheltenham CAMRA Winter Pub of The Season 2019.

The winter pub of the year award aims to recognise pubs that make an excellent venue to visit during the winter months. Winter is a time for sitting in a pub and enjoying a pint in front of a roaring fire.

Presentation of the award took place on Tuesday 7th January.