Welcome to the website of the Surrey Branches of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
The Campaign for Real Ale is a voluntary organisation consisting of over 149,000 ordinary people (May 2013) run by an unpaid, elected national executive and backed by a small core of professional executives. It speaks for people everywhere by fighting to save pubs and breweries from closure, attempting to improve quality and choice, and trying to ensure pub standards are raised.
There are 4 CAMRA Branches covering the whole of Surrey.
Local information about each of these Branches and details of events can be found by following the links above. If you’d like to receive our low-volume emails, then please join one of our mailing lists
The Beer Tax Escalator – We did it
On Wednesday 20th March in the Budget the Chancellor said those words we have all been waiting for: “We will now scrap the beer duty escalator altogether”. He is even going one step further and cutting beer duty by 1p a pint – which will mean that pubs won’t need to increase their prices this year.
The Chancellor was very clear in his speech that he is scrapping the Escalator because of the incredible campaign by people like you over the past year – so on behalf of CAMRA, thank you for helping us get here!
Our campaign to Scrap The Beer Duty Escalator started just after the 2012 Budget. You, our members have been fantastic in the way you have supported our E-Petition which secured almost 109,000 signatures and in turn forced a Parliamentary Debate. The next step in the campaign came with the Mass Lobby Day on 12:12:12 and you continued this campaigning effort by meeting with your MPs to demand the Escalator be scrapped right up to today’s Budget. Over 8,000 of you have written to your MP this year calling for a fair deal for beer and pubs.
Your determination and dedication to the Campaign has shone through in many ways, and I am so proud of what we have achieved – the first cut in beer duty since the 1970s.
Let’s not lose sight of the fact that there will be other taxation threats to pubs, clubs and beer, but we will rise to those challenges and fight them to the best of our ability.
Please accept this as a personal thank you for the help and continued support you have given to this Campaign; we couldn’t have done it without you!
Surrey CAMRA Branches Pub of the Year
The final surveying for Surrey CAMRA Branches Pub of the Year is now taking place, Will last years winner Surrey Oaks, Newdigate again win the award, or will there be a new winner? The four finalists are as follows and the winner will be announced in June:
- Happy Man, Englefield Green
- Prince of Wales, Farnborough
- Running Horse, Leatherhead
- Surrey Oak, Newdigate
Surrey Club of the Year
We are also juding for the Club of the Year award. The current title holder United Services Club, Egham is up against Farnham Conservative Club, Kingswood Village Club and Walton Rowing Club. The winner will be announced in June.
Surrey and Sussex Regional Director – Chris Stringer
Surrey Area Orgasniser – Kevin Travers
Surrey Cider Representative – Ken Lowe
Last reviewed and updated 28 April 2013