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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

16th February, 2019 - Smiths Brew Club Beer Tasting
19th February, 2019 - Branch AGM
20th February to 23rd February, 2019 - 15th Derby CAMRA Winter Ale Festival & Young Members Event
21st February to 22nd February, 2019 - Visit to CAMRA Winter Ale Festival
27th February to 28th February, 2019 - Ale Amble - February
Full Branch Diary

Have you chosen your Champion Beer of Britain candidates?

The deadlines for nominating your choice of beers is 15th November. Please visit the CBOB VOTING website to make your choice.

The more votes we get, the more representative the results will be. The first round of voting is regionalised and not all beers are eligible. They must conform to the availability rules applicable to their style.

How to Vote

CAMRA members should login to CBOB VOTING using their member login details. If you have forgotten these details, please contact the Membership Services team by emailing membership@camra.org.uk or calling 01727 798440.

South West Pub-of-the-Year

Gloucestershire pub is the SW POTY.

Once again, a Gloucestershire pub has come top in the voting in the 2018 South West CAMRA pub-of-the-year competition. Congratulations to Rod, Karen and the team at the The Fleece at Hillesley. Now in the final 16 for the whole of the UK, the competition gets even tougher. An amazing pub, in the heart of the country; well worth a visit if you have not been there before. A warm welcome awaits as well as a great choice of ales and ciders.

Photo courtesy of North Cotswold CAMRA taken during the judging tour.

Woolpack Wins!

Congratulations to Cotswold Lion Brewery whose new beer “Woolpack” was judged as beer of the festival at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railways Spring Ale & Steam Festival. The 4% ABV brew is described as a light golden summer ale.

Changes to What’s Brewing and Beer distribution

All members should have received an email from HQ advising of the following but in case you haven’t here is some important news.

Starting with the June edition, HQ will no longer assume that you want to receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER magazine by post. You will therefore need to let them know if you would like to continue to receive printed copies of the publications either by contacting them online, over the phone, by email or post – see below for details.

CAMRA are asking members to “opt-in” to the printed service because it currently sends out more than 100,000 publications a month by post to members. This costs the Campaign a large amount of money, which could be used to fund other activities. It also has a significant environmental cost. Our research suggests a large proportion of the copies we print and post, and therefore the money we spend, is being wasted on unwanted and unread publications.

If you are happy to not receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER, you can still stay up-to-date with all of the latest news at wb.camra.org.uk. Here, you will find digital versions of What’s Brewing and BEER along with regular updates in between issues.

Click here to visit the What’s Brewing website!

If you have already opted out of getting these publications by post or are happy to switch to online today you don’t need to do anything further at this stage.

If you still wish to receive a printed copy of What’s Brewing and BEER you will still be able to do so, but you will need to get in touch. You can contact CAMRA:

  • Online – log into the Members’ Section at www.camra.org.uk with your membership number and password. Click “edit my membership information” then “amend my details” and under the “preferences” tab you can switch WB and/or BEER back to “by post”.
  • By phone – call 0330 058 3130 and follow the automated instructions to change your WB/BEER preference.
  • By email – send an email to membership@camra.org.uk with the subject “BEER/WB Preferences” and indicate if you still want to receive BEER, WB, or both, by post.
  • Write – send your membership number and preference for receiving WB, BEER or both by post to: Membership Contact Preferences, 230 Hatfield Road, St Albans Herts, Al1 4LW.

Notice of Special General Meeting

The May business meeting takes place in Cheltenham’s newest pub, The Old Courthouse, Regent Street, on Tuesday 8th May. The meeting will start with a Special General Meeting with the purpose of amending the Branch Constitution to change the date for the end of the Financial Year.

The meeting will start promptly at 8pm. All branch members are welcome. Please bring your CAMRA membership card to vote on any resolution presented.