CAMRA Severn Vale Meeting 16/12/15

The Boar's Head, Aust

Martin Farrimond (Chair)
Simon Wells (Secretary)
John Gatty
Rod Lees

Chris Clifford
Andrew Pickin
Keith McIndoe
Mark Vogan


Martin and Simon attended ACV workshop in Bristol on21st  November.
King Williams IV in Hallen now has a ACV on it and the landlord is reported as trying to sell up.
Both The Swan and The Anchor in Thornbury are candidates for future ACV's applications together with the Cross Hands in Alveston.

Beer scoring
Martin urged members to continue (or start) scoring using WhatPub. Ideally, every time they visit a pub.


No figure for overall membership was available but 2 new member are believed to have joined following the meet and greet in November at The Wheatsheaf, Thornbury.

New member welcome letter to be resurrected and progressed by Andrew (carried forward).

Martin has started sending out mails via the CAMRA Communication Tool to all SV members reminding them of the sub branch meetings and venues. There have been some responses from members which is a positive


Old Spot social has been impacted by bus timetable changes. John reported that it is possible now to get to Dursley and that the trip went well  but required two separate bus tickets to be purchased (for those without a bus pass)

John reported that trip to Chipping Sodbury went well  (The Horseshoe in particular).

Trip to Combined brewers (Severn Vale/Cotswold Spring) in Tortworth (March was suggested) to be investigated by Martin.
Martin proposes Gloucester Road trip in January/February.
Both trips to be circulated to SV membership using the CCT.

Pub News

The White Horse (Northwick) owners celebrated 10 years.
The beer in the Black Horse (Thornbury) was reported as being excellent by John.
Thornbury Rugby Club was reported as having 3 real ales and they were in a good condition.
The Drapers Arms (Gloucester Road) was recommended by both Rod and Martin.
The Queen's Head (Chepstow) was also recommended by Rod.

Brewery News

2 new brewery's reported as opening in Bristol (Brythonic, Horfield and Good Chemistry Brewing, St. Philip's).

Beer Festivals

New Inn, Mayshill (Sat 20th February) see Pints West for details. Buses available from Bristol and funded by the pub.

Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival is on 4-6 February 2016 and is free to CAMRA members on Thursday 4th February. More details at

The Boar's Head, Aust served:

Ringwood Razorback
Jennings Cumberland
Wychwood Hobgoblin

All of which were in good condition.

We didn’t visit The White Horse, Northwick, but were advised by RL they serve:

Courage Best
Sharp's Doom bar


WhatPub flyers (and possible QR codes) to promote WhatPub voting. Martin has created the QR codes for each pub’s WhatPub page.  However, he feels that the effort of creating a poster may far outweigh the willingness of landlords to display the poster and have their beers being scored – potentially negatively. Decided now to put this on hold and review next meeting.

SV Pub of the year (POTY) - Ideas to Martin on how it can operate and be voted on (including tie-break which may use WhatPub). Also ideas of what pub would be awarded as a Pub of the year prize (certificate, write up in Pints West etc.)
Martin to send out POTY process and nomination forms as basis for ideas.

MF proposed possibility of prize for SV members using WhatPub scoring – to encourage people to score beers. John suggested getting prize sponsored by local brewery/pub. MF to approach Severn Vale brewery.

Bristol branch meeting Wednesday 24th February to be held in The Wheatsheaf in Thornbury.