Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA
CAMRA has been campaigning for real ale, pubs and drinkers' rights since 1971. It has a large and growing national membership. Each member belongs to an individual CAMRA Branch in the UK - like this one.
If you're not already a member, do join online at CAMRA Membership.
CAMRA Press Statement
For immediate release, 25th June
CAMRA welcomes today's publication of the Small Business Bill establishing an independent Pubs Code and Adjudicator
Tom Stainer, CAMRA's Head of Communications comments:
"We are pleased at the speed with which the Government is moving to deliver new protections for Britain's tied pubs and the publicans who run them. These reforms represent substantial progress in ending the scandal of excessive rents and high beer prices which have forced many pubs to close."
"The Bill itself contains many positives. These include a requirement that tied agreements are fair and lawful and that tied publicans should be no worse off than if they were free of tie. The Government has also acted to try and prevent companies 'gaming the system' by rebranding tied agreements as franchises or increasing the use of very short term agreements in order to escape the provisions of the Code."
"Whilst we are disappointed that the legislation does not include market rent only and guest beer options we are confident that these can still be achieved. Ultimately, requiring the large pub companies to provide tied publicans with these options is going to be the simplest means of ensuring fair play."
For details of the Small Business Bill relating to Pub Companies see Section 4 (page 30), entitled "THE PUBS CODE ADJUDICATOR AND THE PUBS CODE": link.
For further information contact the CAMRA Press Office on 01727 798443 or email Press Manager Neil Walker on email@example.com
Local pub database
We have got an online pub guide covering this branch. It contains about 300 pubs, bars and hotels, nearly 180 of which serve real ale. Please click on the image on the left to open our pub database in a new window.
If you visit any of our pubs, just give us some feedback. If there has been no change to a pub, just let us know the date of your visit - no need for a survey. You can print or download the survey form as a pdf file. Pub Survey Form.pdf.
Beer Festivals and other events
Four beers from Arkell's this spring/summer
More new beers from Alex and the brewing team at Arkell's brewery to look forward to.
The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London 12 - 16 August 2014
3rd Minety Beer & Cider Festival 5 - 7 September 2014
The 3rd Minety Beer & Cider Festival will be taking place September 5th-7th 2014.
Friday Evening from 7 pm.
Saturday Noon until Late
Sunday Noon until 5 pm
At Minety Playing Fields Minety Wiltshire.
For more information contact Andrew 07767 633853
A large selection of Ales and Ciders.
15th Minehead Annual Beer Festival 13 - 14 September 2014
Alex will probably organise a visit by coach.
Please visit the website for more information.
The 28th Swindon Beer Festival 23 - 25 October 2014
Local pubs in need of a survey
Here is a list of pubs within the branch that are in need of a survey:
Bakers Arms, 121 Beechcroft Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, SN2 7RE
Duke of Edinburgh, Cricklade Road, Swindon, SN2 1AE
Foresters Arms, Malmesbury Road, Leigh, SN6 6RH
Messenger, Covingham Square, Swindon, SN3 5AA
Moonrakers, Cricklade Road, Swindon, SN2 5AA
Old Nick, 61 Station Rd, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7DS
Outside Chance, 71 High Street, Manton, SN8 4HW
Pelican, Bath Road, Froxfield, SN8 3JY
Prince of Wales, Coped Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7HT
Red Lion, Axford, SN8 2HA
Red Lion, 59 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7AQ
Rose & Crown, 19 The Green, Highworth, SN6 7DB
Royal Oak, Wootton Rivers, SN8 4NQ
Rudi's, 21 Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1PR
White Hart, Oare, SN8 4JA
White Hart, Oxford Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, SN3 4JD
White Horse, Winterbourne Bassett, SN4 9QB