Branch Business Meeting – December @ Cheltenham Motor Club
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

December Business meeting will now take place at Cheltenham Motor Club. Note change of date and venue for original notification

Meeting starts at 8pm.  All members welcome

Christmas Charity Sing-a-long @ Brewhouse & Kitchen
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The annual Cheltenham CAMRA Charity Singalong returns Brewhouse & Kitchen. this year.

Once again, Gren will be on the piano to lead us in seasonal (and not so seasonal) tunes.

We will be raising money for the Midlands Air Ambulance, so don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets. Any prizes you’d like to donate would be gratefully accepted.

Ale Amble – December @ Birmingham
Dec 17 @ 10:40 am – 6:30 pm

In a repeat of last year’s festive trip, the Ale Amble for December will be visiting Birmingham. It will include a visit to The Christmas Market and a warming Gluhwein, before heading to our usual favourite pubs. Beerwise, we’ll start in Purecraft (30 Waterloo Street), followed by the Wellington where we will meet Keith from Birmingham CAMRA who will show us a new place.

We will be getting the 10.40 train (arriving at New Street at 11.25) and the 6.30 pm back. We can meet you in Birmingham if you choose another train. Note advance tickets are cheaper than day returns so savings can be made by buying in advance. Please contact Veronica for further details.

Winter Pub of the Season Presentation @ The Beehive
Jan 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presentation to winner of winter pub of the season at The Beehive Montpellier

Branch Business Meeting – January @ The Swan
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The January Business meeting will take place at The Swan High Street Cheltenham. Note change of day to WEDNESDAY

8pm all members welcome

Cheltenham CAMRA Real Ale Festival 2020 Viability Meeting @ Sandford Park Alehouse
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Cheltenham Real Ale Festival 2019 was relatively successful and returned a small profit for CAMRA funds.  The branch committee now have to make a decision as to whether to hold a festival again in 2020.

This is where we need you help in assessing the viability of holding further festivals.  We will be holding a meeting on 14th January 2020 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.

Ale Amble – January 2020 @ Swindon
Jan 22 @ 10:58 am – 6:00 pm

The January Ale Amble will head to Swindon.

The pub crawl is being organised by Richard (Secretary of Swindon CAMRA).  There have been quite a few changes there since our last visit nearly 3 years ago.

We shall be getting the 10.58 direct train. It arrives at 11.56. If you are coming by bus (which arrives at approximately the same time) then we will meet you at the bus station. We will then get a bus to Old Town where they are a couple of new pubs and then we will work our way down the hill back to the station.

Cheltenham CAMRA Real Ale Festival 2020 Second Viability Meeting @ Sandford Park Alehouse
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Following the first CRAF 2020 viability meeting a second meeting has been arranged.

At this meeting we aim to present the costs for the various venues discussed at the first meeting and then make go / no go decision.

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 are able to join the team.

Charity Cheque Presentation-CANCELLED @ Brewhouse & Kitchen
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


We will presenting a cheque to Midlands Air Ambulance for the money raised at CRAF 19  and the Charity Singalong at Brewhouse & Kitchen.

Ale Extra – Great Winter Beer Festival @ Great Winter Beer Festival
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Trip to Great Winter Beer Festival in Birmingham (CAMRA Members and trade only until 5pm).

Train times to be confirmed.