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The Campaign for Real Ale, is Europe's most successful consumer association with over 150,000 members. It fights to save Britain's pub heritage and campaigns for a wide choice of traditional beers and ciders.

CAMRA’s mission is to act as the champion of the consumer in relation to the UK and European drinks industry.

It aims to:

  • Maintain consumers’ rights.
  • Promote quality, choice and value for money.
  • Support the public house as a focus for community life.
  • Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of national heritage and culture.

CAMRA also sees a need to promote and protect some quality bottled beers that are not bottle conditioned, as survivors of certain styles, or as interesting beers in their own right.

The Gloucestershire branch covers the GL1 to GL17 postcode areas.
Postcode areas GL18 - 20 are covered by Tewkesbury Branch, postcodes GL50 to GL53 are covered by Cheltenham Branch and postcodes GL54 to GL56 are covered by North Cotswold Branch.

Gloucestershire CAMRA Branch has sub-branches covering the Cirencester, Dursley, Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Stroud areas. Dursley and Stroud sub-branches have their own web-sites.

The Cheltenham (GL50, GL51, GL52, GL53) , North Cotswold (GL54, GL55, GL56) and Tewkesbury (GL18, GL19, GL20) areas are covered by separate CAMRA branches.

Map of Gloucestershire CAMRA area


Postlip news ...Cotswold Beer Festival Logo

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After many years of sterling work in organising the Cotswold Beer Festival, Martin Parker, Patrick Phair and John Barrett have stepped down from their roles and earned a well deserved break.

Postlip Retirement Presentation to Martin, Patrick and John - October 2023

Above: Martin, Patrick and John are seen receiving engraved glassware from the current organising chair, Rob Coldwell. The presentation took place at the CBF-23 Helpers buffet on Wednesday 25th October at the Sandford Park Alehouse.

Said Rob: “The Cotswold Beer Festival is believed to be the oldest CAMRA festival running continuously in the same location throughout its life and the fact that it has continued for so long from the CAMRA side is mainly down to the hard work and commitment of four people. John Barrett, Martin Parker, Patrick Phair and Geoff Rosam. (Geoff managed to step back from his treasurer role a few years ago).
John Barrett was involved from the start. Shortly after CAMRA Gloucestershire came into being in 1975, they started looking for a suitable site to hold a beer festival. Various venues were considered, including both the Town Hall and the racecourse in Cheltenham, but everything seemed either impracticable or too expensive. He then heard about the Postlip Community through a work colleague who was a member of the community. 
After some initial discussions, they agreed to go ahead with a festival in Postlip Tithe Barn in July 1977. If you were starting the festival today you probably wouldn’t choose a barn in the middle of the Cotswolds to hold it, but the Tithe Barn at Postlip is perfect for a beer festival, with the thick stone walls keeping the beer at a perfect temperature even on the hottest summer days. John has been involved in the organisation of the festival ever since, chairing both the Gloucestershire branch and the festival for many long years and is the only active member who was involved in the first festival 42 years ago. John was responsible for brewery signs, keg labels, beer taps & buckets and electrics-lighting & more, plus offering storage in his garage. His tenacity and attention to detail often kept the show on the road, every year.
Martin Parker was first involved with this festival over 40 years ago, initially as an ordinary helper behind the bar. He was persuaded to join the organising committee three years later. He has been involved ever since and was chairman for nearly twenty years. Martin has been responsible for stillage, staffing, the festival Programme including its advertising.
Patrick Phair attended his first couple of Postlip festivals as a punter, after seeing a poster on the notice board at work. This was in the early 80s and Patrick has helped for almost 40 years. He was responsible for beer ordering and beer layout and pricing, all of which present interesting challenges.
Over the years they have had to deal with various adversities, including foot and mouth disease cancelling one festival and the floods of 2007 when the festival still went ahead with any undrunk beer being donated to the Army as a thank you.
For many years, Martin and John also used to do the cooking for the after-festival-thank-you-barbeque held at the Jolly Brewmaster.  One thing that the new organisers have subcontracted to the professionals!

On behalf of all at Gloucestershire and Cheltenham CAMRAs, we thank them for all the hard work. The festival would not exist without them.

Ian Scott
(On behalf of Cheltenham CAMRA branch.)

Cider & Perry MonthsCider Apple

May and October are Cider Perry Months!

CAMRA supports and campaigns for cider and perry throughout the year, and we spotlight it with celebrations in October and May.

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A little history of the beginnngs of the Gloucestershire branch of CAMRA.

Geoff Sandles writes that the Gloucestershire Branch of CAMRA  was formed at a meeting  on the 24th April 1975 at the Royal Union in Cheltenham. John Barrett, who was not a member of CAMRA at the time, joined on the night (£2 membership then!) and was elected chairman.

The first Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip was held in 1977.

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