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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

27th April, 2019 - Monthly Social - April
2nd May, 2019 - Camden Town Beer and Food Pairing
2nd May to 5th May, 2019 - Real Ale Festival - The Plough Prestbury
7th May, 2019 - Branch Business Meeting - May
8th May, 2019 - Ale Amble - May
Full Branch Diary

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

Selecting Cheltenham’s Good Beer Guide Entries – Phase 2

Following the December Branch Committee meeting, the long list of pubs for selection for the 2020 Good Beer Guide has now been finalised. These venues were decided upon based on the published criteria (see this document) of previous GBG entry and beer scores taken from What Pub.

There are 15 pubs and clubs on the long list which has been emailed to all branch members on our mailing list.  If any branch member has not received the email and would like to see the list please contact us.

Phase 2 of the selection has now begun and runs until early February. If you visit any of these pubs, please enter beer scores on What Pub and be part of the process to help decide our 8 GBG entries (and 2 reserves) and also our POTY / COTY. These will be chosen in March based primarily on these beer scores so the more data we have, the better. If you think there is an outstanding beer venue missing from this list then please let us know.

Selecting Cheltenham’s Good Beer Guide Entries – Phase 1

Following the launch of the 2019 Good Beer Guide the process has now begun to select the entries for the 2020 Good Beer Guide and we need your help.

With around one hundred venues in Cheltenham eligible for just eight places, it is important that a robust and transparent selection process is put in place to ensure that only the best make it into the Good Beer Guide. The venues which are recommended for inclusion in the guide should be ones that we are proud to recommend, and are included primarily due to the high quality of the real ale served. It is vital that all Cheltenham CAMRA members are given the opportunity to help in the selection process.

We have now defined the process and it can be found in THIS DOCUMENT. It details how Cheltenham Branch members can be involved at every stage of the selection process, from beginning to end. For Phase One, which last’s until the end of November, you can get involved in two ways:

1. By recommending a venue that you believe is a strong candidate for inclusion in the Good Beer Guide. In order to qualify the venue must meet the ‘Candidate Venues’ criteria as listed in the linked document.

2. Fill in beer scores on WhatPub website each time you drink real ale at a Cheltenham pub/club.

At the end of Phase One, a short list will be compiled and distributed to members for Phase 2 to commence. Details will be available in early December.

Cheltenham Motor Club retains its trophy

Congratulations to the Cheltenham Motor Club which is once again the winner of the South West region Club of the Year.

Well done to Neil and his team. The CMC now goes forward to the super regional stage of the competition as it tries to regain the national award it last won in 2016.

Gareth Macdonald, CAMRA’s South West Regional Director, presented the award to the CMC on Monday 22nd October.

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.