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 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 ?

Upcoming Events

Beer Scoring Trip

Date: January 22, 2019

Time: 12:00

Beer scoring, primarily in WELLINGTON.  Meet at the William Withering (Wetherspoons) at 1200hrs.

Branch Social Trip

Date: January 26, 2019

Location: Joule's Brewery, Market Drayton

Visit to JOULES BREWERY in MARKET DRAYTON.  We look forward to a lovely trip to the welcoming brewery, with an interesting short talk about their history and some complimentary beer and food.  We will also do a beer scoring survey of great town pubs, all within a very short distance of each other.  The cost is only £5 ph, if beer scoring sheets are completed.
Pick-ups from Bridgnorth Esso/Tesco bus layby 1040hrs, Shifnal Innage 1105hrs, Oakengates Bus Station 1125hrs and Wellington Bus Station at 1140hrs, with return via all points with ETA at Bridgnorth c1850hrs.

Good Beer Guide Selection Evening

Date: February 12, 2019

Time: 20:00

Location: The Plough Inn, Shifnal

SELECTION MEETING FOR GOOD BEER GUIDE 2020.  Voting meeting at the Plough in Shifnal, TF11 8AZ at 2000hrs.  Look out for an e-mail concerning this important Branch-wide event.  Please make every effort to attend, or send in your postal vote, to ensure that you have your say about which pubs you feel deserve a place in next year’s national CAMRA guide to the best pubs in our area.  Please remember to bring your current CAMRA membership card, as it is needed to be able to vote.

Branch Social Trip – Public Transport to Dudley

Date: February 23, 2019

Time: TBC

Social trip using public transport

Train to Wolverhampton then using buses 1 & 27 to Dudley with stops at the Beacon Hotel (Sedgeley), Britannia & Jolly Crispin (Upper Gornal) plus others. Train times for departure at Wellington, Oakengates, Telford Central and Shifnal to be confirmed.

Branch Meeting

Date: March 12, 2019

Time: 20:00

Location: Golden Lion, Bridgnorth

Branch Meeting at the Golden Lion, Bridgnorth, WV16 4DS starting 2000hrs.

We will be announcing the winners of our branches Pubs of the Year as well as our Rural and Town Pubs of the Year competitions at the meeting.

Inter-branch Quiz

Date: March 16, 2019

Time: 12:30

Location: The Anvil, Shifnal

Inter-Branch Quiz. A pleasant social event with our friends from Wolverhampton Branch. 1230hrs for 1300hrs start at the recently re-opened Anvil pub in Shifnal, TF11 8DV. Beer scoring of Shifnal pubs afterwards.

Branch Meeting

Date: April 9, 2019

Time: 20:00

Branch Meeting. Venue TBC. 2000hrs


Date: April 13, 2019

CAMRAmble walk around the Wellington and Oakengates area planned by the inimitable Dave Haddon. Details later.

Mild in May Pub Crawl of Shrewsbury

Date: May 11, 2019

Location: Shrewsbury

Regional Mild in May pub crawl in Shrewsbury. Details later.

West Midlands Regional Meeting

Date: October 12, 2019

West Midlands Regional Meeting in Bridgnorth, followed by pub crawl.