Just thought I would do a quick reminder for our next couple of events.
On Friday 27th February at 6.30 pm we have a minibus leaving from the Pelican to go to the Red Lion at Arlingham (maybe with a stop en route). This visit is to celebrate the Red Lion being nominated as our CAMRA in Gloucester Rural Pub of the Year. An excellent pub saved a couple of years ago by its village community, it is well worth a visit. I know a number of you enjoy walking and cycling, and this is a location I am sure you will find suitable for both. There are a couple of places left on the minibus, so why not take the opportunity to visit. Bookings to me please but by telephone 07908699809 as I will not be able to pick up email messages for a couple of days.
The following week on Saturday 7th March, there is a trip to Swindon. This will be by train and “plusbus” ticket, so meet at 11.00 for 11.15 train from Gloucester Station. Just in case of any last minute alterations it is suggested you do a quick check on the website before going.
For our social meeting we are going to meet at the King Teddy before moving onto the Greyhound. So we look forward to seeing you all, particularly those from Longlevens area on Wednesday 11th March at 8.00 pm
Friday March, 27th there is a minibus to Worcestershire. Again 6.30 pm from the Pelican. Bookings are necessary.
Finally Sunday 29th March Wye Valley are using the Gala Club as a launch venue for their new Beer Pedal Pusher, there will be free sampling on the day and the new Beer itself sold at £1.50 per pint, 50p from every pint going as a contribution towards our chosen Charity this year the MS Therapy Centre. A copy of the Wye Valley Cycling Shirts will also be auctioned off for the Charity.
We recently presented our Club of the Year and both the Pub and Cider Pub of the Year. Remember these are both for the Gloucester Sub branch. Our Club of the Year is the Gala Club in Fairmile Gardens. Neil and Maria normally feature 2 or 3 real ales on their bar, and with your CAMRA card can get admission to the club.
The Pelican was also presented recently with their certificates to celebrate both our Pub of the Year and our Cider Pub of the Year. This took place on the first night of the Pelican’s Winter Ales Festival, and a good night was had by all. CAMRA members enjoyed a talk by Vernon from Wye Valley Brewery about beer quality and the measures they put in place to ensure that their beers are in top condition, and then we were treated to tours of the newly extended cellar. Instruction was given on racking and tapping the casks and a couple of members had a go at tapping a barrel. Looking forward to the next festival in June.
The minibus set off to the Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival without a couple of people due to illness. Whilst we were sorry they could not attend, it does give me a timely opportunity to remind people that if they book and cannot attend they must let me know as soon as possible, and that we reserve the right to charge for non attendance. This may feel harsh for those people but to keep the minibus affordable for all, the cost is worked out on those booked and a no-show increases that cost for everyone else. My other issue is that the trip was originally over subscribed, and because I didn’t know until the minibus was due to leave, I could not let people know of the spaces. So if you will excuse the expression ” I was a bit p***ed off. All that aside, those of us who attended really enjoyed the excellent beers on offer. One for the diary again next year.
3rd Gloucester Beer and Cider Festival
As you are all aware and have it in your diaries, the festival is booked for the 24th/25th April. We are now starting our search in earnest for volunteers. Please contact me or use the website www.gloucesterbeerfestival.org.uk to register your interest. Shifts are 4 hours in length, and any offer from one shift to lots of them will be welcomed. Remember if you want to help but don’t want to work at the festival itself, there are lots of things we need help with during set up and take down.
Due to some very active reporting in the Citizen, I think most of the pub news has been covered recently! So help us to get ahead of the game and let me know what is going on in your local please. Our best wishes go to Martyn on his venture with the Dick Whitington, glad to hear that it is improving again as a real ale venue.
Whilst on pub news, you all have until Saturday to vote for your Pub of the Season. Remember this is voted for by you as members, and is about promoting a pub that you think is worth people taking a look. Votes via the www.camraingloucester.org.uk site please.
Cotswold Beer Festival takes place on 17th – 19th July, tickets will go on sale during March, so get it in your diary.
September/October will see the sub branch AGM take place. Whilst I am not resigning yet, it will be two years since I took on the Chairmanship of CAMRA in Gloucester, it was meant to be for two months! As a group we need to be considering where we go in the future, what does the sub branch need to look like and do to continue to secure its membership and support our pubs. Over the next few months I will be asking members these questions, but please feel free to come up with ideas or thoughts and send them to me, or better still come and talk to me when you see me around town.
Very best wishes