Scunthorpe and District
We are a small and friendly local branch of CAMRA,
a national consumer organisation which campaigns on behalf of UK drinkers on subjects such as choice,
value for money, good beer and good pubs.
We have regular meetings in local pubs, plus a programme of social activities including
visits to beer festivals and breweries. CAMRA members and prospective members are welcome
to attend our meetings and socials.
Details can be found here on the website, in the members' newspaper, 'What's Brewing',
or the branch newsletter, 'Iron Brew'; the latter is free and distributed to many
real ale pubs in our area on a quarterly basis and can be downloaded from this page.
For information on pubs local and national, visit WhatPub,
Camra's online pub guide.
A Message from Colin Valentine, National Chairman
Why I'm looking forward to Bournemouth 2017
This April, I will be joining CAMRA members from across the UK in the seaside resort of
Bournemouth for CAMRA's Members' Weekend, which includes our National AGM and
I have been attending the CAMRA Members' Weekend for almost 30 years, well before I was
active nationally, never mind National Chairman. Those of you who were in Norwich in 2013
may remember that I still have my glass from my first AGM weekend, as they were then
called, in Norwich in 1990. Even prior to becoming Chairman, I always made an effort to
travel to whichever corner of the country the weekend was held and have only missed one
since then - and was even organiser in Edinburgh in 1998. It has always been, and still is, an
opportunity to meet with old friends, make new acquaintances and socialise with other
CAMRA members from across the country.
Most importantly, the Members' Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for any member across
the organisation - whether you have just joined, been a member for 20+ years, active or
inactive - to shape the future direction and purpose of CAMRA.
As Chairman, I now have the great responsibility of making sure that the AGM and
Conference part of the Members' Weekend is run successfully and open to every single one
of our 185,000 members. This year, that responsibility is even greater than ever before.
Following 50 consultation meetings across the UK and three national surveys, we have now
seen the proposals that were put forward by the Revitalisation Project Steering Committee
on CAMRA's future. Whether you agree or disagree with the proposals, took part in the
consultation events or stayed at home, the Members' Weekend will be the opportunity to
discuss them inside and out ahead of a decision next year.
Over the weekend, members will be able to consider the Revitalisation Project and
proposals on the future of CAMRA in a series of discussion groups. It will be your chance to
have a say on the Revitalisation Project's findings and represent your views in the debate. A
final decision on the proposals will then be taken at the Members' Weekend in 2018.
I am proud to chair an organisation that is a true democracy - where every member has the
opportunity to feed into our policies, direction and future. I never forget that without our huge
membership base and dedicated volunteers; there simply would not be a CAMRA.
I hope you will consider joining us in Bournemouth this year. The closing date for registration
is Friday 17th March 2017. For more information simply visit https://www.camraagm.org.uk
Colin Valentine, National Chairman
Trip to Leeds Beer Festival
Good day at the Leeds Beer Festival in March. Five members made their way to the Civic Hall
at Pudsey to enjoy an excellent and extensive range of cask and keykeg beers situated over
two floors at the hall.
A LocAle card scheme was also in operation where after drinking
five Locale beers the sixth could be had for free. This was the last year at this venue
as the upper floor is being converted into office space. Leeds CAMRA are planning to move
the festival to a university students union in 2018.
About mid-afternoon we caught the
train back into Leeds city centre to visit a few Leeds pubs and round off the day.
These included the Scarborough Arms, Horse & Trumpet, Mr Foleys, Tallboys and Whitelocks,
where some excellent beers were sampled.
Trip to Derby Beer Festival
A small group of Scunthorpe & District Branch members made their way to the first full day
of the Derby Winter Ales Festival held at the Roundhouse near Derby Rail Station,
and were joined by Stef from Grimsby CAMRA. An excellent venue with a great range of
real ales and ciders, spoiled slightly by the lack of available seating.
Standout beers included Blue Monkey Centennial, Bad Seed Seville Orange IPA,
Tiny Rebel Juicy and Wild Millionaire. Around mid-afternoon we took the free 'beer bus'
to the city centre and visited a few choice Derby hostelries including Ye Olde Dolphin,
Silk Mill, Flowerpots, Alexandra and the Brunswick before boarding the train home.
Thanks to Brian for the pub tour. Overall a very enjoyable day. Roll on the Leeds Beer Festival next month!
Winter Pub of the Season Presentation
The Wheatsheaf, Barton-upon-Humber
Some excellent beers on offer at the Winter Pub of the Season presentation to the Wheatsheaf at
Barton-upon-Humber on Saturday 28 January, including Moorhouses White Witch and Lancaster Black.
Also a chance to catch up with old friends.
Congratulations to Gee, Debbie and staff at the pub - a well-deserved award.
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
In mid-January a small group of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members met up at
Manchester Central Convention Complex for the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival.
This is one of CAMRA's biggest festivals of the year, with over 600 real ales
and over 80 traditional ciders and perrys.
The scale of the event was breathtaking and the range of cask ales was brilliant.
As well as plenty of session strength ales, there were also one or two stronger,
lunatic brews such as Cloudwater's Christmas Cake Imperial Stout at 11.8% ABV
(which we just had to sample naturally!).
There was lots of well-spaced out seating and good quality food stalls as well -
both improved upon since last year. All in all a superb beer festival and enjoyed
by all branch members who attended.
Click here for previous events.