Telford & East Shropshire CAMRA Branch Diary

As a branch, each month we plan a survey trip to a local town or area, where we visit it’s many pubs, we may also call into one of the more rural pubs or two on the way, sometimes we will combine the survey trip with a visit to one of the many breweries, as well as enjoying more social events as well:

  • Meet the brewer & brewery tour: We have 20 breweries in Shropshire alone;
  • Pub visits survey’s: For the annual selection of pubs for the next good beer guide;
  • Inter – CAMRA – Branch Quiz sessions: Testing your real ale and general knowledge;
  • Branch meetings: An update of local and national news over a pint;
  • Beer festivals: Not only do we attend beer festivals, but we also run our own. It provides the opportunity to sample some of the best real ales made in the UK; 
  • Beer Tent: We run the “Storyteller’s Arms” at the Festival at the Edge event (FatE), which is the longest running annual Storytelling festival in Britain.

Our two sub-branches at Bridgnorth and Market Drayton also organise their own local events as well as joining us at many of our main events.

Here are our forthcoming events listed below – why not come along and join us?

Bookings and enquiries are most welcome to the Social Secretary

Upcoming Events

Awards Presentation

Date: November 19, 2019

Location: Stonehouse Brewery, Weston, Oswestry. SY10 9ES

Presentation evening to the winner of the Shropshire Brewers’ Cup and Runner-up in the Beer of the Festival competition at the 2019 Shifnal Beer Festival for Kelly Point IPA. Stonehouse Brewery, Weston, Oswestry. SY10 9ES. Time TBA.

Salopian Brewery Trip

Date: November 21, 2019

Visit to Salopian Brewery, Hadnall, near Shrewsbury. Please note that this trip is now fully booked.
Members will be able to tour the brewery after a brief talk by Mr Wilf Nelson, and sample some wonderful beer. There will be an opportunity to buy memorabilia and bottled beer. Please note: no food provided.
Minibus from: Oakengates Bus Station 1830hrs, Wellington Bus Station 1845hrs. Return for 2230hrs. Transport also from
Bridgnorth and Market Drayton. Cost expected to be c£10. Places very limited; early booking essential.

Beer scoring by coach

Date: November 30, 2019

Beer Scoring of lovely rural pubs within a few miles of Wellington, by coach. Cost only £5 per head with completed score sheets. It is suggested that you bring sandwiches for on the coach.
Shifnal Innage 1100hrs, Oakengates Bus Station 1120hrs, Wellington Bus Station 1135hrs. Return to Wellington for 1800hrs.
It will be possible for Bridgnorth members to join us by using Arriva buses to meet our coach in Shifnal and/or Wellington.

Beer scoring by public transport

Date: December 10, 2019

Beer Scoring of Newport Town Pubs using Arriva Buses. Buy a local Day Saver.
Meet at Telford Bus Station for 1110hrs service 5. Return for early evening.

Christmas Social

Date: December 14, 2019

Location: Oakengates

Christmas Social. Old Fighting Cocks, Oakengates. TF2 6DU. 1530hrs. for drinks and buffet.
We will meet at the Crown, Oakengates at 1200hrs and then complete beer scoring locally (eg St Georges, Beveley) before
the main event.
The cost of the buffet will be £5 per person; bookings will be needed for this please.
Minibus should run from Bridgnorth and Market Drayton, and this will be a lovely pre-Christmas social event for the whole branch.

New Year Social

Date: December 30, 2019

Beer scoring and pre-New Year Social in Shifnal. Members can make their own way by bus or train and meet up in the White Hart at 1200hrs, before moving on to enjoy the delights of the other very good pubs in Shifnal in convivial company.

Beer scoring by public transport

Date: January 7, 2020

Beer scoring by Arriva bus. This will be an opportunity for us to meet up to assess beer quality in the more accessible local pubs which warrant a review in readiness for our voting meeting for the 2021 Good Beer Guide.
Details TBC later.

Beer scoring by coach

Date: January 11, 2020

Beer scoring by coach. This will be our final coach trip before GBG 2021 selection night, to assess beer quality in some key pubs which most need to be visited, and which are less accessible by public transport. Details TBC but there will be coach pick-ups from Shifnal, Oakengates and Wellington.

Branch Meeting

Date: January 14, 2020

Time: 20:00

Branch Meeting.   Venue TBC, but possibly Albrighton.  2000hrs.

Good Beer Guide Selection Evening

Date: February 11, 2020

Time: 20:00

Location: The Plough Inn, Shifnal

GBG 2021 Selection Night. Plough, Shifnal. TF11 8AZ. 2000hrs.
This is a key event in our calendar, and is the opportunity for members to casts their votes for the local pubs which will be rewarded with places in the next Good Beer Guide, following on from our many opportunities to score the beer quality in some of our pubs during the previous months. Those unable to attend will be able to cast postal votes for the pubs of their choice which they have visited during the year.