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Branch News

  • Pledges needed to save village pub Saturday 11 November 2017

    The Fleur de Lys in Dorchester is up for sale. It has an ACV listing and the community are proposing to buy it and run it for the village. They need to raise about £600,000 from a mixture of share sales and loans. The deadline for them to put in a bid is 27 November and are, at present, about £200,000 short of their target. They are collecting pledges to subscribe for shares in the Community Benefit Company that has been set up. The minimum subscription is £100 and maximum £100,000. No money need change hands yet. Offers of loans are also welcome

    >The Fleur is a popular pub in this attractive tourist destination and currently profitable. It is a past Branch Pub of the Season and GBG entry. I encourage all members to make a pledge and help to save this historic pub for our area.

    For more information, see their website.

  • Woodcote Rally presentation 2017 Wednesday 1 November 2017

    CAMRA volunteers work hard every year to make the Woodcote Beer Festival a success. Half of the money we make goes to CAMRA's campaigning funds and half to the Woodcote Rally which uses it to support local good causes. Over many years now, the CAMRA beer tent has been one of the major contributors to the Rally funds. In fact the Rally Committee expects that the 2018 event will bring the overall total of charitable donations to over £500,000.

    The photo shows SOX Chairman David Cooper presenting the 2017 cheque to Pete Solomons of the Woodcote Rally, accompanied by CAMRA Regional Director Carl Griffin.

    Woodcote Rally next year will take place on the weekend of 14th-15th July 2018.

Calling all pub landlords and brewers in the Branch area

If you are throwing a beer-related event at your pub or brewery we would love to hear about it! Please contact us to let us know about your event and we will post it here as well as on our social media.

Two new ACVs secured in the branch

Two new Assets of Community Value (ACVs) in the branch have been successfully secured, namely, The Red Lion in Cholsey and The Crown in South Moreton. This now brings the total of ACVs in the branch to 22. If you would like to find out more about protecting your local with an ACV, take a look at the guide on our main website.

The Revitalisation Project

CAMRA has launched the Revitalisation Project to determine the path the Campaign takes in the future. It is potentially the biggest change in the Campaign's ethos since its launch in 1971 and we need you to help 'shape this future'. To find out more, visit the Revitalisation Project or attend one of the consultation meetings taking place near you. Meetings in or close to our Branch area can be found on our Events page.