Good Beer Guide Nominations

This month we’ll be starting our selection process for selecting pubs for the next edition (2020) of the Good Beer Guide.

Pubs are selected on the scores they receive throughout the year, so make sure you’ve uploaded all your scores in the next week or two so that they are counted.

Pub & Club of The Year Nominations

We’ll be shortlisting pubs and clubs for our Pub of The Year and Club of the Year competitions at this month’s Branch Social at The Boat & Railway in Stoke Works on Tuesday 27th November.

Get your nominations in either by email to or on the night at the meeting.

Once we have narrowed down the nominations to a shortlist of 4 pubs and 4 clubs we’ll arrange for judging teams to visit each pub and club score them on a set of criteria to decide who the winners are.

If you’d like to get involved in the judging process (only qualification is that you drink and can tick boxes), let me know at

Gez Quinn

Bromsgrove Beer Festival 2017

The 2017 Bromsgrove Beer Festival hosted at Bromsgrove Rugby Club.

This year featuring 144 real ales and 62 ciders and perries.

Approximately 8900 pints of real ale and 3200 pints of cider and perry consumed over the three day event.

The first beer to sell out was the Ambridge Oatmeal Stout, closely followed by the Kinver Full Centurion.

Thursday night saw judging for West Midlands Cider of the Year and the West Midlands Beer of the Year competitions. We also awarded pub and club of the year awards. The beer was blessed by the Rev Ray Khan of St John’s church. We also welcomed the Rt Honorable Sajid Javid MP for Bromsgrove and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

We welcomed 2914 visitors to the festival and unused tokens raised £672.51 for our charity of the festival, Parkinson’s UK.

Find out more at

Protect your Pub!

List Your Local Logo FinalIf you enjoy your local pub you can now help to protect it from developers by listing it as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. This means that Bromsgrove and Redditch District Councils will recognise that the pub is noted as being important to the local community; and shows that local people have rallied together to safeguard the future of the pub. It means that property developers who are keen for a hassle-free purchase are less likely to show interest; and it also allows more  time for local communities to explore options to save the pub.

Through the Localism Act, the government has introduced new powers for communities in England to nominate valued facilities such as pubs. It only takes 21 signatures from people living in the local area to be considered as a community. If the council agrees to list the pub, it adds a further level of protection as the listed status of a pub will be taken into consideration in a planning application if the pub is threatened with conversion for another use.

Volunteer members of Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA are already working together with local people to list The Cross in Finstall and The Hop Pole in Bromsgrove.

The Dodford Inn near Bromsgrove has been listed with the assistance of their parish council.

If you do decide to list your local, or would like to support Redditch and Bromsgrove CAMRA in listing pubs, please do get in touch! There is more guidance on the nomination process on the national CAMRA website; to find out more, please click on the pub sign at the top of the page for a link. For pubs in the Bromsgrove district of the branch, there is now an official nomination process on the Bromsgrove District Council website 

So please help us to list your local to help protect pubs against planning applications.

Fancy a walk?

You can now catch up with our popular RambAle walks on-line! As well as full directions and photographs of each walk, you can also click through to an interactive map and even download routes to a sat-nav or smartphone. Just click on the boot below to get started!



Get involved! Find out how…

There are many different ways you can get involved with our branch, from sparing five minutes to keep us updated about a beer you’ve enjoyed recently, joining us for a pub crawl or social event, or volunteering to help with a campaign, beer festival, or committee role. Whether you can spare only a moment a month or an hour a week; it all helps to make a difference to drive our Campaign forward. We like to think that most members would like  to do something to help so that they can get the best out of their CAMRA membership.

What could you do?







Not much time? Stay up to date.

If you can’t join us for an event, then why not stay up to date by joining our branch e-mail group? Details are in the Member’s Area above.

Become a beer scorer!

If you’ve enjoyed a pint recently, you can rate the quality of real ale that you’ve drunk in a pub. By just giving a pint of beer a score out of 5, you can have a direct influence on which of our branch area pubs go into the next CAMRA Good Beer Guide. All you need to do is to visit our Member’s Area (above) and enter your CAMRA  membership number and password (usually your postcode in capitals with no spaces)If you have a smartphone you can even do this before you leave the pub!

Help deliver our magazine

The Worcestershire branches of CAMRA produce a free quarterly magazine called Pint Taken which is distributed to pubs by volunteer members. If you visit certain pubs on a regular basis then it’s an ideal opportunity to help spread the news. Please get in touch for more information.

A little time? Pop along to a branch meeting (don’t be shy!).

CAMRA runs many campaigns throughout the year; from lobbying MPs and the government for fairer practices for pubs; to undertaking pub surveys to keep our database up to date. To keep members informed, we hold monthly branch meetings to share the latest pub news, and give members the opportunity to get involved in campaigns and trips, and also share their views. These meetings are friendly and informal, and are held in a variety of pubs across our branch area. There are full details of each meeting on our diary page.

How about a Beer Festival?

We really do appreciate people volunteering to help at a beer festival; even if it’s just for a couple of hours. You can do anything from serving behind from the bar to getting involved in the planning and maybe even managing a section! There’s also other tasks such as greeting customers at the entrance, recruiting members and setting up the beer. No experience is necessary as our friendly volunteer members will be on hand to show you the ropes on the day! Please get in touch for more information.

A little more time? Join our volunteer committee!

Our branch has lots of jobs that need doing and offer a great way of using your skills or gaining new ones. Some take a reasonable time commitment, others not so much. As well as a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, we also have roles such as Membership Secretary, Pubs Officer, Magazine Editor, Communications Officer, Social Secretary, Locale and cider coordinators and also a Young Member’s Rep.  We appoint our branch officers each May at our Annual General Meeting, but everyone is welcome to our committee meetings to see what’s it all about. We’re also looking for a few volunteers to undertake the following roles:

  • Public Affairs Officer: Work with local MPs, councillors and Planning Officers to keep them in touch with the work that CAMRA does and seek their support in campaigns such as saving local pubs.
  • Press Officer: Keeping the local media up to date with our campaigning activities.
  • Activation Officer: Encouraging new and local members to take part in CAMRA events such as pub crawls, beer festivals and volunteer for campaigns.

So why not get involved?

As you can see, there is something to suit everyone, so why not get involved? Just drop us a line (click on the About Us! link above for a link to our contact page) or pop along to a branch meeting. It would be great to see you.