Mid-Chilterns CAMRA is BACK!!

At time of writing, Mid-Chilterns CAMRA have hosted our first branch committee meeting since March 2020 and we have a lot of exciting developments to let you in on..

Truth be told we never went anywhere, from monthly zoom cohorts to a new website and enhance social media channels, we have been plugging away behind the scenes to keep the lights on, ready for when we could meet in person again.

Our first branch meeting took place on Wednesday August 4th and was hosted by the fabulous Bell at Chartridge. The Bell team made the committee feel most welcome and their cask ales (Bombardier and Tring Brewery) were kept and poured to perfection. It was great to see each other in the flesh, and most importantly, thrash out branch plans going forward..

The Bell at Chartridge – Chartridge Village, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 2TF

We are pleased to confirm that we now have a calendar for all branch meetings for the next twelve months. We’re looking to visit some newer Mid-Chilterns gems whilst getting out to a number of more rural locations, ensuring they are represented with beer scores on WhatPub (the portal to which we are guided in our decisions regarding Pub of the Year and Good Beer Guide nominations – but more on that later..).

Also in the pipeline is an informal social, a chance to shed the reports and paperwork of committee issues and to let our collective hair down; welcoming all members in a grand day out. Whilst our first social is still in planning, we promise that we have big ideas and will be sure to shout about them as soon as we can.

Also discussed at our first meeting was the idea of easy-to-use beer scoring posters. These posters would be CAMRA branded prints that take members through to WhatPub with just a scan of a QR code. Enabling scores on the go, these posters will ensure that each pub is given fair opportunity to see representation in the Good Beer Guide and Pub of the Year commendations. It is worth noting that scoring through WhatPub is influenced by anyone with a CAMRA membership, therefore it is you that has the power to get your local awards and publishing acclaim. Get voting on WhatPub!

Last but most certainly not least is the long-awaited return of our branch magazine, The Tapler. Edited by the ever-dedicated Andy, the Mid-Chilterns CAMRA Tapler released its first edition since lockdown in late July. Though this edition was an online exclusive (read here), we are thrilled to announce that the next edition will be distributed in-print throughout Autumn.

So there’s a little run down of what the Mid-Chilterns branch has been doing in recent times and our plans for the future. As mentioned, there are things that we can’t tell you about just yet but promise they’ll be worth the wait, so please do keep up to date with the branch via social media and our website. Of course, please feel free to pop along to one of our monthly meetings, you’d be most welcome indeed!


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