WHEATSTOCK Beer & Cider Festival

WHEATSTOCK Beer & Cider Festival and much more! The Wheatsheaf Inn, Durham Road, Chester-le-Street DH3 2AB is holding this (with help from Durham CAMRA) starting Friday evening 22nd May and continuing throughout Saturday and from 1 to 7pm on Sunday. Sunday is WHEATSTOCK day with beer, cider, kids entertainment, barbecue, bouncy castle and 6 hours of live music. For more details check out www.wheatsheafinnpub.co.uk.

CAMRA launches General Election Campaign

I'm Supporting CAMRA's Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale

With voters heading to the polls on 7th May, now is the perfect time to ensure pubs and real ale are priorities for the next Government. CAMRA has now launched its General Election campaign and has produced a Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale.

So far more than 570 candidates have pledged to:

  • Support well-run community pubs
  • Promote Britain’s 1,300 breweries
  • Represent pub-goers and beer drinkers

CAMRA’s goal is to improve on the 670 candidates who supported us before the 2010 General Election.

CAMRA’s Head of Communications Tom Stainer said: “CAMRA now has around 170,000 members, more than many of the main political parties, so it’s important politicians listen to and reflect the views of our members when it comes to real ale, real cider and perry and pubs. Supporting pubs as vital community assets as well as ensuring Britain’s brewing industry gets the support it deserves should be high on any prospective candidates list of priorities.”

Please help support this campaign by:

  • Urging your Parliamentary Candidates to sign our pledges
  • Ask your Candidate to support CAMRA’s Manifesto via our General Election website: ge2015.camra.org.uk
  • Organise a meeting with your local candidates to discuss how they can support CAMRA’s key campaigns
  • Attend Hustings events in your local area and ask questions about beer and pubs (for question suggestions contact campaigns@camra.org.uk)
  • Use social media to promote the campaign by tweeting @CAMRA_Official or using #ge2015
  • Share this campaign: Tell your friends and family all about how they can also get involved

Branch AGM

The 2015 AGM of the Durham Branch of CAMRA is to be held on Tuesday April 14th at The Ship Inn in Middlestone Village, DL14 8AB (https://goo.gl/maps/AWg9p)

Starting at 19:30 the AGM will receive reports from the outgoing Branch Committee, debate and vote on any Motions received, and elect the new Branch Committee to serve until the next Branch AGM in April 2016. The AGM is open to all CAMRA members; just ensure you have your current membership card with you. There will be time after the AGM to socialise with other members and food will be provided.

If you have any Motions you wish to present to the AGM, please email them to the Secretary before 17:00 on April 7th 2015. Nominations for Committee positions must be received prior to the start of the meeting.

To help us arrange catering and transport, it would help us if you could indicate your intention to attend the AGM. If you require transport to the AGM we will need to know where you would like to be picked up from. To register your intention to attend, please email the Secretary.

We look forward to seeing you on April 14th.

Congratulations – it’s a hat-trick!


CAMRA applauds beer duty hat-trick as tax on a pint falls for a third time

“CAMRA is delighted with today’s hat-trick of an unprecedented third consecutive cut in beer tax, with another penny off a pint, which will be welcomed by millions of beer-drinkers across the country. The last two cuts have already had a huge impact, saving over 1,000 pubs from closure and keeping the price of a pub pint down.  Independent research by CEBR forecasts that the price of a pub pint will now be more than 20p cheaper than it would have been had the beer duty escalator remained in place.

“A third cut in beer tax is a huge vote of confidence in the importance of pubs and brewing. It will help ensure the sector returns to long term growth after many years of pub closures and falling beer sales, caused in part by a 42% beer tax increase between 2008 and 2012, and throw a lifeline to struggling community pubs across the country.

“Britain is known around the world for great pubs and real ale, and we should all be incredibly proud that this industry has just reported growth for the first time in a decade. We hope Britain’s millions of pub goers will head to their local this evening to give three cheers to a historic third cut in beer tax!”

Tim Page, CAMRA Chief Executive