CAMRA bigwigs are not only here for the beer

Robert Storey at the Hooded Ram brewery

Robert Storey at the Hooded Ram brewery

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The Manx branch of Campaign For Real Ale, CAMRA, is to host a series of meetings of CAMRA’s UK national executive and regional directors from June 27 to 29.

During the visit, the chairman of Campaign For Real Ale, Colin Valentine, and colleagues from CAMRA’s national executive will visit the island’s newest brewery,

The Hooded Ram Brewing Company at Hills Meadow Industrial Estate in Douglas on the Friday evening. CAMRA’s regional directors will also visit the brewery, later on the same evening.

A visit to Bushy’s Brewery will be made on the Saturday afternoon. This will be the second time that Bushy’s has hosted CAMRA’s national executive and regional directors, having done so during the 2010 members’ weekend and AGM held in April that year and based at the Villa Marina.

In between social visits to island breweries and social meetings with local members of the Isle of Man Branch of CAMRA, the visitors will hold a series of formal meetings dealing with CAMRA matters across the whole of the organisation and the British Isles.

The weekend will see the presentation of the local branch’s Pub Of The Year award winner to The Whitehouse Hotel in Peel, on the Sunday afternoon at 4pm. An earlier presentation for one of the two runners-up will be held at the Woodbourne Hotel, Douglas, on the Friday evening at 7.30pm. Members of CAMRA and the general public are invited to attend these two award ceremonies.

Press and publicity officer for the Isle of Man Branch and CAMRA, Charles Miller said: ‘This visit to the island by CAMRA headquarters is great news for the island and is welcomed by all local members.

‘It represents a vote of confidence by CAMRA in the island’s brewing industry and pub trade and we are delighted locally that the visit is going ahead, particularly given the additional transport, accommodation and other logistical costs.

‘It also gives local CAMRA members to opportunity to network with the national executive, fly the flag for the island in CAMRA terms and demonstrate we have a thriving and active campaigning branch, one that continues to grow year on year.’

CAMRA members who would be interested in attending any of these meetings, socials and presentations should contact Angela Aspin on 491613 or to book their place as these are limited, particularly at the meetings and socials.

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