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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.

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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 Conference.

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

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Colin Valentine, National Chairman

2017 Events

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Also a chance to catch up with old friends.

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Congratulations to Gee, Debbie and staff at the pub - a well-deserved award.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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Click here for previous events.

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Newsletters
Iron Brew February-April 2017
Previous Newsletters

Sat 1st April, Branch AGM
Sat 29th April, Pub of the Season Presentation
See Branch Diary for further details
Good Beer Guide
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Neighbouring Branch Websites
Doncaster CAMRA
Gainsborough CAMRA
Grimsby CAMRA
Hull & East Yorkshire CAMRA
Lincoln CAMRA
Activscunthorpe.com

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