November 19, 2020 - Small Brewers Relief – your local beer is under threat.

The Government is set to increase the tax paid by some small independent breweries in the UK. This could lead to brewery closures, and less choice at the bar for you. The Treasury has announced changes to Small Brewers Relief (SBR) – the progressive tax system that has revolutionised UK brewing. These changes will reduce […]

November 27, 2020 - The Kemble Brewery Inn

We are pleased to let you all know that Caron at the Kemble Brewery Inn has at last successfully concluded the negotiations with her pubco (Star/Heineken) concerning her rent and renewal of lease. Her lease is due for renewal in early December and the arrangement now is that after that date it will be renewed […]

November 26, 2020 - Covid-19 Post Lockdown

The UK Government have announced that when the current Lockdown ends on December 2nd Gloucestershire will be placed into Tier 2.  This is not good news for our local pubs and clubs as it means they can only serve alcohol when purchased with a substantial meal.  We are awaiting the impact this will have on […]

October 31, 2020 - Covid-19 November Lockdown

Tonight’s announcement from the government of a 4 week lockdown from Thursday 5th November means that all pubs and clubs will have to close unless they are offering take away services. This is devastating news for our local pubs, clubs and breweries.  As with the previous lockdown in March we will publicise details of the […]

October 23, 2020 - Good Beer Guide 2021 – Update

PLEASE NOTE UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS We will be in the Moon Under Water from 2pm until 6pm on Thursday 29th October to distribute copies of the new Good Beer Guide to members.  We will then be moving to both Whittle Taps and Cheltenham Motor Club from 7pm onwards. The members price is just £11 per copy.  […]

October 3, 2020 - Good Beer Guide 2021

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the Good Beer Guide is being published slightly later this year with the 2021 edition being published on 29th October 2020.  As usual the branch will have copies available to sell to members at a discounted price of £11 per copy.  (The Recommended Retail Price is £15.99). Subject […]

August 1, 2020 - Chris Chadwick – RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Chris Chadwick.  Chris passed away on 30th July. Chris was a life long member of CAMRA.  He had been a commitee member of the Cheltenham branch since its formation and was treasurer at the time of his death. Chris was well known […]

July 27, 2020 - Eat Out To Help Out

As part of the Government’s post Covid recovery plan as well as the 6 month reduction in VAT on meals in August, they are also promoting the “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme where diners can get up to £10 off meals out on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August. A number of our local […]

June 20, 2020 - BRANCH UPDATE – COVID-19: Updated 6th July

Many establishments have now reopened.  This is much welcomed news.  While it is appreciated that members will wish to resume socialising in pubs as soon as possible, for the time being we will not be promoting formal branch socials or meet ups in pubs when they reopen. We must be careful not to encourage large […]

June 17, 2020 - Midland Air Ambulance – thank you.

Our branch charity for 2019 was the Midland Air Ambulance and we were very happy to be able to make a donation of £610, raised through the generosity of attendees at the CRAF 2019 and Christmas singalong, to them. Thank you all.

June 13, 2020 - Election of the next CAMRA SW RD – The Result

Following an election, the new Regional Director for CAMRA in the South West is Pete Bridle, from the Bristol branch. We congratulate him on his victory and thank the previous RD, Gareth MacDonald for the his work over the past 7 years. Pete’s initial term in office will be for one year, and we hope […]

May 16, 2020 - Top UK Beer Writers Aid Cheltenham’s First Virtual Beer Festival

Six of the best known and most influential beer writers in the UK took part in a virtual beer tasting in support of the First Virtual Cheltenham Craft Beer Festival, held to raise money for Cheltenham Samaritans on Saturday 6th June. Organised by the ‘Friends of Cheltenham Samaritans’, their key fund raiser for the past […]

May 6, 2020 - Happy Anniversary to the Ale Amblers

Cheltenham CAMRA’s ale amblers celebrate the 5th anniversary of their first outing on 6th May. Over the past 5 years the monthly outings using public transport to visit towns of real ale interest have gone from strength to strength.  Some trips have attracted over 20 participants with members coming from as far a field as […]

May 4, 2020 - Cotswold Beer Festival 2020 Cancelled

The 44th Cotswold (Postlip) Beer Festival scheduled for July 2020 joins the growing list of events that have been cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  The decision has been made to protect the health and safety of the staff and visitors who would have attended. The intention is for the festival to return […]

March 19, 2020 - Pulling Together

You’ll have all 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 […]