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Heart of Warwickshire

Campaign For Real Ale


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March 2013

The branch AGM will take place on Tuesday 26th March 2013 at The Racehorse, Warwick, 8pm start. This is your chance to hear about the past 12 months of the branch, participate in voting in the members of the committee and meet other branch members. If you wish to be considered for a committee position, please advise the chairman at before the meeting. Please remember to bring your membership card with you.

The current range features Sharps Doom Bar plus a rotating guest and a dedicated ‘CAMRA Locale’ beer. The policy of featuring a Warwickshire Brewed Beer Hand Pulled Here, has proved to be very popular. Local brewers to feature on a rotational basis have included Cubbington’s, Warwickshire Beer Co, Byatts of Coventry, Purity, Tunnel and currently Wood Farm Brewery from Rugby. They also plan to feature Slaughterhouse in the future too.

Harbury Beer Festival volunteers were rewarded with a well organised trip to the brewery of the "beer of the festival" 2012: Newby Wyke Banquo. The brewery was opened to a minibus full of Heart of Warwickshire branch members, and a few members from Grantham CAMRA, who were all treated to a great BBQ and three of their brews:

  • Orsino 4.0% light, very hoppy with a fruity aroma
  • Kingston Topaz 4.2% golden ale with a hoppy aroma
  • HMS Warrior 5.0% single hopped with a full fruity flavour and citrus aroma

The journey back to Warwickshire included stops at three great pubs.


November 2012

Have you had a moan or two of late as to how the price of beer has increased over the last few years? Well speak to a CAMRA member and they will tell you that a major reason is a not so little thing called the beer duty escalator. Introduced under the last government this vicious little tax means that each year beer duty goes up inflation plus 2%. This means that now that with a pint costing, say £3, almost a £1 is VAT and excise duty.

CAMRA has been working hard with many parts of the beer industry and we have now exceeded 100,000 signatures on an e petition calling on Government to remove the escalator - and the numbers continue to grow. This is only the 12th petition to reach this magic number, which led to a debate in Parliament, and we were delighted, when recently, a motion for the Government to conduct a thorough review of the economic and social impact of the escalator was passed.

But CAMRA believes this on its own may not be enough. The lobbying of individual MPs to get them on board will be key to achieving a turn around. To this end, a Day of Lobbying  is being organised on 12th December to lobby as many MPs as possible. It is in all beer drinkers' interests to make as much noise about this unfair tax, a tax that is contributing to over 12 pubs closing every week as people increasingly have to reduce the number of times they visit a pub due to financial pressures. And it is not just real ale that is impacted - it all beer: real beer, keg beer and lager.

CAMRA is inviting everyone, whether you are a member or not, to join us on this very important day. You may be busy but this campaign is worth one day of your time to change the future. This is a also rare opportunity to see inside, the Palace of Westminster and to see how it works. It really is impressive!

So what can you do? We have arranged an initial meeting at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, before  taking the short walk  to Parliament. CAMRA is coordinating attendance as there are restrictions as to the number of people who can be in Parliament's lobby area at any one time. Email the branch chairman, John Crossling before 1st December so that he can register your attendance and inform you of the travel plans.

For our area, the timings are: 

Arrive at Emmanuel Centre

11am – 12pm

Meet with MP

12.30 – 1.30pm



Afterwards, we will have a debrief, some free time to visit some pubs and then to have a rally at 4pm accompanied by some beer thanks to the support of Fuller's, Shepherd Neame and Wychwood.