Welcome to South Oxfordshire CAMRA
Autumn - Winter 2016
25-year service awards for Goring Social Club Stewards
These days, is seems that if a pub isn’t shutting, it’s having a change of landlord every few years. To be Mine Host for 25 years must be a rare event, but it is one that was celebrated at Goring Social Club on New Year’s Eve. During a break in the music a few minutes before midnight, members were informed that, in two days’ time, the Club’s Stewards, Dave and Jane Dean (pictured right), would complete 25 years’ service at the Club. A CAMRA Special Award certificate was presented to Dave and Jane. Many thanks to Ian King for organising the presentation and photo to mark the occasion.
Branch Bristol Pub Crawl - 24th Setember 2016
Janet Humphrey has very kindly written up the very successful branch pub crawl in Bristol that took place on the 24th September. If you would like the re-live the day or would just like to find out more about the pubs in Bristol that we visited, please download Janet's report. Many thanks to Janet for taking the time to write the pub crawl up.
2016 Autumn Pub of the Season Awarded
Four times a year the SOX Branch makes a Pub of the Season award. This often (though by no means always) recognises licensees who have been making an effort to improve pubs that previously may have been under-performing a bit. The Fleur de Lys, East Hagbourne, was a tad sub-optimal when the current licensee Ruth Sargison (pictured right) took it on. Now, assisted by police sergeant husband Darren, she has elevated it into the latest Good Beer Guide and the Branch is delighted to recognise Ruth and Darren’s achievements by awarding them 2016 Autumn Pub of the Season. The Fleur is a Greene King pub but has a generous guest beer policy. There is a wide range of good pub food on offer and regular entertainment. Each July, Fleurfest features a full weekend packed with entertainment. See http://www.thefleurdelyspub.co.uk for more details.
Branch donates Woodcote Rally proceedings to local charities
South Oxfordshire CAMRA branch recently gave the representatives of the Woodcote Rally a donation of £2,500 which came from the money the Branch made by running the beer tent at the event last July. This will be used to support local charities. The picture shows Pete Solomons of the Rally Committee receiving the cheque from Derek Graham, the SOX Festival Treasurer.
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.
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.