CRAF 2017 takes place from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October and we’re looking for volunteers to help with the festival. This includes the set-up (from Tuesday 24th), the festival itself and the clear-up (on Sunday 29th). If you can spare us a few hours over the course of the week, then please download the volunteers form here
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
|27th July to 30th July, 2017 - 41st Cotswold Beer Festival (Postlip)|
|27th July to 30th July, 2017 - Vinestock|
|29th July, 2017 - Charity fun day|
|29th July, 2017 - Beach party and family fun|
|30th July, 2017 - Suffolk Square Sunday Market @ The Retreat|
|Full Branch Diary|
In case you have not already heard, the 41st Cotswold Beer Festival will take place in and around the Tithe Barn at Postlip, near Winchcombe from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017.
Make sure of getting your tickets by buying them in advance – you can buy them in local outlets in Cheltenham and Winchcombe (cash only), on-line (paying via Paypal or credit/debit card), or by post (paying by cheque).
Please note that on-line applications must be made by Friday 21st July to allow time for us to post your tickets. Applications by post must arrive by Friday 14th July to allow tome to clear your cheque and post your tickets. Tickets will be available at our local outlets right up to the days of the Festival, and any remaining tickets and camping permits will be available at the entrance. Bus tickets, however, 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).
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 please 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
A planning application has been submitted to Cheltenham Borough Council which could see the premises previously occupied by ‘Jamies’ in Regent Street converted into a pub. The application, by small pub company “Brunning & Price Ltd” can be seen at CBC Ref: 17/00187/FUL.
According to the companies 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.”
No timescales are given.
Our branch chairman John Crossley is currently featured on the main camra home page talking about the work the branch has been doing during last month’s community pubs month.
Congratulations to Prescott Ales, whose ‘Super-6 Number 2‘, a 4.5% ABV Session IPA, won a bronze award at the SIBA Wales and West beer competition. It uses hops such as Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Ekuanot to create a memorable and balanced craft ale.
SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain. SIBA currently represents more than 825 independent craft breweries and their vision is to deliver the future of British beer and become the voice of British brewing.
With the General Election looming, CAMRA has launched its “Pledge for Pubs” campaign. CAMRA is asking all election candidates to pledge their support for beer and pubs by committing to:
1. Beer: Celebrate and promote Britain’s 1,540 breweries
2. Pubs: Support action to help pubs thrive
3. Consumers: Represent the interests of pub goers, beer and cider drinkers
You can read more info here, which includes links to an auto generated form that can be sent to all of the candidates in our branch and another link to a spreadsheet to show which of our candidates have already signed up.
Post Election Update: Sadly, our elected MP never signed the pledge. Neither did the MP for Gloucester. The MPs for Stroud and Tewkesbury did sign up. We hope those branches follow-up on this pledge.
Following the employment of a new assistant manager for the Sandford Park Alehouse, the decision to close on Mondays has been reversed.
From 1st June to 9th July, two Greene King pubs in our branch area, The National Hunt and The Hatherley, will be hosting a “Live at Your Local” event. Live at Your Local is Greene King’s search for the UK’s best music talent, and what better place to find the brightest up & coming acts than at the spiritual home of music – Britain’s pubs, where some of the UK’s biggest music artists were discovered! Full details are available here and the full terms and conditions available here.