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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 850 members in the GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 postcode areas.

Next 5 Diary Events

17th October, 2019 - Visit to the Great Welsh Beer Festival
18th October, 2019 - Reopening Event
23rd October, 2019 - Ale Amble - October
23rd October to 26th October, 2019 - Swindon Beer Festival
24th October to 25th October, 2019 - Ale Extra - October - Oxford Beer Festival
Full Branch Diary

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.

And the winner is …

Congratulations to Cotswold Lion Brewery, whose Black Sheep Porter was judged beer of the festival at the prestigious Tewkesbury Winter Ale Festival (TWAF).

Well done also to Prescott Brewery, whose Winter Season Special was awarded third place.

Brewery Liaison Officer vacancies

We currently have three vacancies for Brewery Liaison Officers (BLOs) within the branch.

It’s not an onerous task, you just have to maintain regular contact with the brewery and provide the regional coordinator with updated GBG information and quarterly updates on the breweries status, new brews, relocation or expansion plans etc. You’ll need to have your email address registered with CAMRA HQ.

So, if you’re interested in being the local CAMRA contact for either the Brewhouse & Kitchen, Battledown or Prescott breweries, then please contact the secretary ( secretary[at]cheltenhamcamra.org.uk ) in the first instance.

The BLO network is independent of the branch network, (you don’t need to attend the branch committee meetings), but you can find out more at any of our business or social meetings.

Charity singalong

Great news everyone. We raised £185 for the Midlands Air Ambulance at our sing-along on Tuesday 18th December at Whittle Taps.

Thank you all who generously donated to this worthy cause. Cheltenham CAMRA would also like to thank Joel and his team for hosting the event and Gren for leading us in some seasonal (and not so seasonal) tunes on the piano.

Back Issues of The Tippler Magazine

The Tippler, the magazine of the four Gloucestershire branches of CAMRA, is published quarterly.  Copies of the latest issue can be picked up from many pubs and clubs in the Cheltenham branch area.

We are are aware of a letter in the latest Tippler that some people are interested in reading previous issues of the magazine and we have therefore set up stands in the Sandford Park Alehouse and Cheltenham Motor Club with copies of at least the last four issues. Hopefully these will prove popular with visitors to the town and any new residents.

Electronic copies in PDF format of previous editions of The Tippler can also be found on the Gloucestershire CAMRA website HERE