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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

15th June, 2019 - Beer Day Britain
20th June to 23rd June, 2019 - 18th Ale & Steam Weekend
21st June to 23rd June, 2019 - 6th Annual Rotary Beer and Cider Festival
25th June, 2019 - June Ale Amble
29th June, 2019 - Summer Pub Of The Year Presentation
Full Branch Diary

Summer Pub Of The Year

Congratulations to The Aviator which has been voted Cheltenham CAMRA Summer Pub of The Year 2019.

The summer pub of the year award aims to recognise pubs that make an excellent venue to visit during the summer.  The Aviator has a large beer garden where people can watch the aircraft landing and taking off from Gloucestershire Airport.

The presentation of the award will take place on Saturday 29th June at 4pm.  All welcome to attend. The pub is approximately a 10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop using the 94 service – alight at Bamfurlong Lane (White Lion House).

The autumn pub of the year will be selected in August so if you have any suggestions for a great autumn venue please let us know.

Cider Pub-of-the-Year 2019: The Stable

We are pleased to announce that The Stable has been selected as the Branch Cider Pub-of-the-Year for 2019.

Part of a growing chain, based predominantly in the south and south-west. Set over two floors in one of the town’s listed buildings, and featuring many boxed ciders and perries, they also offer an introductory cider tasting experience, sampling 10 of their current range, led by their Cider Master.

Congratulations to the team on winning the award. Branch chair, John Crossley, is shown making the presentation of the certificate to manager Ben Williams and the team.

Sad News

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that Graham Green has passed away from cancer on 9 April 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Graham, as many of you will know, was a long time member of the Cheltenham CAMRA branch and moved to Baltimore, Maryland (USA) to be with his wife Susan Garland nearly ten years ago.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends and we ask that you raise a glass to him to celebrate his life and the fond memories you may have of him.

If you wish to send condolences to Susan, please do so via her Facebook page message reference the bereavement and nowhere else, so that she gets some privacy at this difficult time.

Rest In Peace Graham.

Club-of-the-Year 2019: Cheltenham Motor Club

We are pleased to announce that Cheltenham Motor Club (CMC), has been selected as the Branch Club-of-the-Year (COTY), for 2019.

Described in the Good Beer Guide as a “Friendly club, just off the London Road. Stroud’s Tom Long as a regular and five regularly changing ales from across the country are served, together with three real ciders.”

Congratulations, once again, to Neil and the team on winning the award. The presentation of the certificate by Branch Chair John Crossley, took place on Tuesday 9th April.

Fancy going back to School?

The Open University is running a course all about alcohol. If you want to learn more about a subject dear to our hearts, more information can be found here:

The Science of Alcohol

The course has been developed in conjunction with CAMRA and the course work features videos from alcohol producers just across the border in Oxfordshire.

Update – June 2019.  We are aware of at least one branch member who has taken this course and passed achieving grades of 92% and 96% in the exams.  We congratulate him and any others of you out there who have passed the course.

Pub-of-the-Year 2019: The Kemble Brewery Inn

We are pleased to announce that The Kemble Brewery Inn has been selected as the Branch Pub-of-the-Year (POTY) for 2019.

Described in the Good Beer Guide as a “Small, popular back-street local, hard to find, but well worth the effort. Six ales are generally available, from near and far, plus a cider. There is a small attractive walled garden to the rear.”

Congratulations to Caron (2nd right) and the team on winning the award. The presentation of the certificate by Branch Chair, John Crossley (right) was held on Thursday 4th April.

The Branch AGM – update

The Annual General Meeting of the Cheltenham Branch of CAMRA took place on 19th February.

The current committee was re-elected unopposed.  Chris Martin and Chris Trace stood down at this meeting. The remaining comittee would like to thank both for their contributions to the branch.

The major announcement was the return of the Cheltenham Real Ale Festival (CRAF) for 2019. Once again it will be held in the magnificent surroundings of Cheltenham Ladies’ College on 1st-2nd November. Keep an eye on the CRAF 2019 tab above for further details.