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Stockton Beer Festival

Beer Festival poster

Stockton Beer Festival to be held on 25th - 27th February at ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL.

The venue is a 3 minute walk from Stockton High Street for those using buses.
10 minutes from Stockton railway station (Northern trains from the North-East)
15 minutes from Thornaby railway station (Trans Pennine from Manchester via Leeds, York, Thirsk & Northallerton / Northern trains from Darlington).

The beer list is available by visiting the branch website and clicking on the beer festivals tab. The list is subject to the usual health warning of possible late changes due to unavailability or brewery issues but it is hoped that the information will be at least 90% correct as it currently stands.

Clothing to Nepal

Over the years, Durham CAMRA have supplied supply all volunteers with a shirt for helping out at the festival and in some years we used to have polo shirts for sale to the public. As we never managed to sell all the polo shirts and usually there are a few staff shirts left over at the end of each festival we found ourselves storing more and more surplus clothing. After the Nepal earthquake one of our members who had visited the country had the idea of posting these surplus shirts over to his Nepalese colleague to distribute to some of the needy villagers. They gratefully accepted the parcel of shirts some of which can be seen in the photos.   

Pubs and Club of the Year voting

In November members were asked to nominate candidates for pubs and club of the year for the forthcoming year. Listed below are the nominations received in each of the five categories. Now is the time to cast your votes. You are not limited to the establishments listed below, they are suggestions provided by members. Each member can vote in each of the five categories. You must be a paid up member of Durham branch to vote, so please include your membership number for verification. To vote please send an email to If you sent in a nomination message, these will be counted as votes unless you wish to change or add to what you sent previously. To encourage members to take part, some beer related prizes will be awarded to submitters drawn at random. You have until the end of January 2016 to vote.
Town PubTown Cider PubClubCountry PubCountry cider pub
Bishop Langley, DurhamBay Horse, Bishop AucklandCeddesfield Hall, SedgefieldBlack Bull, FrosterleyBlack Bull, Frosterley
Butchers Arms, Chester-le-StreetHead of Steam, DurhamCricket Club, Chester-le-StreetBlack Lion, WolsinghamBlack Lion, Wolsingham
Old Elm Tree, DurhamHorseshoe, CrookPelaw Grange Greyhound StadiumDun Cow, SeatonShip Inn, Middlestone
Fox Cub, SpennymoorJohn Duck,DurhamTanfield Lea ClubGreen Tree, Tudhoe 
Grey Horse, ConsettPavilion, Bishop AucklandWorkmens Club, ShildonHare & Hounds, Westgate 
Half Moon, DurhamRoyal George, Old Shotton Lambton Worm, Chester-le-Street 
Head of Steam, DurhamStanley Jefferson, Bishop Auckland Red Lion, North Bitchburn 
Pavilion, Bishop AucklandWater House, Durham Ship Inn, Middlestone 
Pollards, Bishop Auckland  Smiths Arms, Chester-le-Street 
Tap & Spile, Framwellgate Moor  Stables, Beamish 
Victoria, Durham  Surtees Arms, Ferryhill Station 
Welcome, Bishop Auckland    
Woodman, Durham    

Frog & Ferret

Just to confirm the Good News that former Good Beer Guide favourite The Frog & Ferret in Spennymoor has reopened. Five handpumps in use when I called in.

40 Years at The Victoria, Durham

CAMRA Durham chairman Peter Lawson presenting landlord Michael Webster with certificate

CAMRA Durham members gathered at Durham's Victoria Inn recently to celebrate a milestone in the pub world. Michael Webster first stepped behind the bar in 1975, and forty years on, not much has changed at the Vic. There are now five handpumps and even more whisky and whiskey, but the building, the roaring fires, and the atmosphere thankfully remain unchanged.
Here's to the next forty years!