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.
We would like to announce the winners of our 2020 Pub, Club and Cider Pub of the Year competitions. The winners were decided at our open meeting in accordance with our published criteria.
Pub of the Year was won by The Kemble Brewery Inn, who retain the title they won last year. Runner up was The Sandford Park Alehouse.
Club of the Year was won by The Cheltenham Motor Club, who are current National Club of the Year and retain the title they won last year. Runner up was Charlton Kings Club.
Cider Pub of the Year was won by The Jolly Brewmaster.
Congratulations to Caron, Neil and Danielle and all their hard working staff on winning their respective awards.
We will be arranging presentations to all the winners and runners up. Details of the dates and times for these will be published here.
A Cheltenham club which caters to motor enthusiasts has won the prestigious Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Club of the Year award for the third time, having also taken home the title in 2013 and 2017.
This friendly and welcoming club, established in 1906, has six real ales and three real ciders on tap. It also boasts a draught German beer, a bottled Belgian beer range and two craft keg lines. The club is decorated with motoring paraphernalia and pump clips and continues to run a beer festival every year.
The club will be presented with a plaque to commemorate the award at an event open to the media on 19 February at 1 pm.
Keith Spencer, Chairman of CAMRA’s Clubs Committee says: “Cheltenham Motor Club keeps raising the bar in this competition – year after year! It is clear that the club is a pivotal fixture in the local community, and you can see people of all ages and from all backgrounds throwing their support behind it.”
Neil Way, Cheltenham Motor Club Manager says: “It came as a profound shock to have won this year’s Club of the Year Award. As a long-term member of CAMRA, I am incredibly proud to have won it again. An awful lot of hard work goes into running a private member’s club and to have finished ahead of the other three superb clubs in the final is very humbling. I need to thank the competition judges, my management committee for their unswerving support, the local Cheltenham CAMRA Branch for their long-term support, my amazing suppliers and breweries, my fantastic bar staff past and present, my great locals and last but not least my long-suffering wife George who is, without doubt, my rock. Long live great real ale!”
The CAMRA Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine with the simple aim of finding the clubs with the greatest commitment to quality real ale – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. All nominated clubs in the competition are independently assessed by a panel of CAMRA volunteers throughout the year.
Runners up in the competition include the Appleton Thorn Village Hall in Warrington, the Flixton Conservative Club in Manchester and the Orpington Liberal Club in Orpington.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, tonight’s charity presentation to Midlands Air Ambulance has had to be cancelled. We will advise rearranged date in due course.
Did you enjoy CRAF 2019? Do you want to see a CRAF 2020?
We need your help in assessing the viability of holding further festivals. We will be holding a meeting on 14th January 2020 starting at 7:30pm 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. The agenda for the meeting can be found HERE.
Congratulations to The Beehive in Montpellier which has been voted Cheltenham CAMRA Winter Pub of The Season 2019.
The winter pub of the year award aims to recognise pubs that make an excellent venue to visit during the winter months. Winter is a time for sitting in a pub and enjoying a pint in front of a roaring fire.
Presentation of the award took place on Tuesday 7th January.
The Branch AGM takes place on Tuesday 25th February 2020 at Moran’s, Bath Road, Cheltenham, starting promptly at 7:30pm.
All Committee positions are up for election, so if you would like to help forge the future direction of the Branch, then why not consider standing? A list of the positions available can be seen using the “Branch” > “Committee” tab in the drop-down menus above. Please speak to the Secretary prior to the AGM if you would like a nomination form or download one from here.
All nominees must be of ‘good standing’ and require a proposer and a seconder, and must all be resident within the branch area.
Please ensure you have your membership card with you, as you’ll need this for any votes that are taken. If you wish to raise a subject for discussion, please email the details to the secretary, so it can be included on the agenda.
Congratulations to Cheltenham club of the year the Cheltenham Motor Club (CMC), which has once again reached the final four of the national Club of the Year (COTY) competition.
The other three finalists are Flixton Conservative Club, Orpington Liberal Club and Appleton Thorn Village Hall.
Appleton Thorn Village Hall is the current champion and both the CMC and Flixton Conservative Club are previous winners, so Neil faces tough competition!
Please join us in supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance, “Saving Lives, by Saving Time”.
… is now over. Many thanks to all our volunteers who helped with setup, take down and during Cheltenham Real Ale festival 2019. Hope to see you all again in 2020.
Cheltenham Real Ale Festival 2019 day 2 is now open. We are at Cheltenham Ladies’College, Bayshill Road till 11pm tonight. Still plenty of beers, ciders and perries remaining. Vegan and non vegan food available and entertainment on stage from 1.30pm.