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Every year we are asked if branch members would be able to help provide staffing at the Maltings Beer Festival and Devon County Show. When we help our neighbours out with these events they, in return, give a donation to the CAMRA campaign.

Please show your support and volunteer for some sessions. Contact details below.

Tuckers Maltings

Thursday 16th April 5pm -11pm - 5 more people required

Friday 17th April 7 - 11 - 5 more required

Saturday 18th April 10.45 – 3 - 8 more required 3 -7 - 9 more required 7 - 11 - 3 more required

Devon County Show

Thursday 21st May (Public) 10 -11.30 - 1 required 11.30 - 15.30 - 1 required 15.30 - 22.00 - 2 required

Friday 22nd May (Public) 10 -11.30 - 1 required 11.30 - 15.30 - 1 required 15.30 - 22.00 - 2 required

Saturday 23rd May (Public) 10 - 16.00 - 5 required 16.00 - 20.00 4 required

Contact:Ray Dwan Festival Organiser Exeter & East Devon CAMRA 01395 223212 07800 920901


Sharon and Richard at the Bull and Dragon, Meeth are offering something new and a little different this Spring.......

Afternoon Tea for Two with Prosecco

A great gift idea for friends or family. What about giving it as a gift for a Birthday, Anniversary, Valentine or Mothers' Day, or any special occasion?

£30 per couple

The last Saturday of the month for dates and further details.

Limited availability so please book in advance The Bull and Dragon, Meeth.


Good Beer Guide 2020 Are you going to SPRING into action? Planning any city breaks or day trips?

REMEMBER to take the Good Beer Guide 2020 with you.

If you haven't already got yours then visit Visit CAMRA Books.

If you are a member use your login to take advantage of your members' discount.


“Battle of the Breweries” at JD Wetherspoon “Admiral Collingwood” Ilfracombe

Sunday 2nd FebruaryMonday 10th February

3 Ales were on offer. Customers were asked to place a vote for which one they like the most. The most popular beer at the end of the week will be declared Champion!

The winner will remain as resident guest beer for the next month.

The beers were not be identified by their brand name so that branding and recognition of the product did not influence votes. It was all about which beer the public thought tasted the best.

The winning ale was; GT ales ‘Blonde Ambition’, by some margin.

Patrick, at the Admiral Collingwood is keen to run the event again in May with two new brewers running the gauntlet against the Champion.

So, if you have any feedback for Patrick, or suggestions on a better way to run the event in future he'd welcome them. He would like this to be a popular fixture for the local ale community.

Please e mail ku.oc.noopsrehtewdj@6555p with your suggestions. Thanks


CAMRA podcasts coming soon. Set to be launched on 13th April.

If you are a CAMRA Member you can log onto the Members' Area and listen to the prototype of the podcast.

The team producing it are keen to get our feedback so give it a listen and donate your feedback.

More information will be provided nearer the go live date.


CAMRA Great British Beer Festival, Winter for more information..


Landlord needed 1 Landlord needed 2Landlord needed 3

Here are three Barnstaple pubs, all owned by various pubcos and each is currently looking for someone to take them on. Could this be your opportunity?


Campaigning Day 19

On Saturday 12th October, North Devon CAMRA had a grand Campaigning Day visiting 6 rural pubs, not normally accessed easily by public transport. 25 members were pleased to visit the Castle Inn at George Nympton, the Poltimore Inn at North Molton, the Blackcock at Molland, the Stag Inn at Rackenford, the Thelbridge Cross Inn at Witheridge and the Old Court House at Chulmleigh.

We would like to thank each pub for their warm welcome.



Congratulations to GT Ales on becoming Brewery of the Year 2019 and to Holsworthy brewery as runners up.

Well done also to Clearwater brewery & Taw Valley brewery the other two finalists.


Members' Weekend 2020 Please join CAMRA in the beautiful city of York from 3-5 April for our Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference 2020.

The University of York is the host venue for 2020, at Central Hall and the Exhibition Centre on Campus West in Heslington.

You can pre-register and find all information about the Weekend’s activities, including travelling to, and staying in, York here.

Please note that joint members need to login and pre-register individually. Registration is free and all members are welcome to attend. You can also register on the day.


Great news for cider lovers....Rose Salterne Cider

Dan Poole the new Manager of the Rose Salterne Bideford's Wetherspoons, has kept his promise to increase and improve the cider offered. Dan said, "We do stock a few national ciders but I like to keep it local and have as many Devon products as possible. A diverse range is the aim!"



A Final View from the Chair

It is with regret that I must tell you I have decided to stand down as Chairman of North Devon CAMRA branch with immediate effect. This is entirely due to personal reasons, with mounting pressures both at work and in my role as full-time carer for my mother, who has sadly become increasingly frail over recent months.

During almost two years in the post it has been my privilege to work alongside so many committed and knowledgeable members of the branch committee, without whose support I would not have been able to operate.

Above all I have valued the numerous opportunities to get out and about across the region, meeting countless fellow CAMRA members at branch meetings and the many other social activities organized under the CAMRA umbrella.

A special thanks too must go to our fantastic North Devon brewers, and the landlords who do such a tireless job day in and day out to ensure the real ales and ciders we drink are in such fine form. This for me has made it all worthwhile.

Alternative arrangements have already been put in place to ensure the smooth running of branch affairs going forward, and I am delighted that vice-chair Chris Smyth, who many of you will already know, has agreed to step up to the plate as Acting Chair until such time as a permanent replacement can be elected.

Mark Partridge


If you have an interest in Heritage this publication may be just what you need:Real Heritage Pubs of The South West Real Heritage Pubs of The South West - Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest

This book is part of the popular CAMRA Pub Heritage series. It includes high-quality photographs illustrating the featured pubs throughout the South West of England. With articles on specific features of each pub and full listings of over 100 pubs, celebrating their individual architectural and historical importance.

Illustrations: Over 200 full-colour photographs. Cost £5.99


CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Vouchers

The CAMRA Voucher scheme is a member benefit that entitles members to £30, sixty vouchers of fifty pence, off a pint of Real Ale, Cider or Perry. It complements the existing Real Ale Discount Scheme and is a bigger and better voucher scheme for our members

As of 1 July 2019, CAMRA replaced Wetherspoon vouchers with a new CAMRA owned and operated voucher scheme.

All new and renewing CAMRA members will now receive:

£30 (60 x 50p) worth of CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Vouchers Redeemable at over 1470 pubs nationwide, including J D Wetherspoon, Stonegate, Brains and Castle Rock managed pubs All vouchers will be valid for the length of membership for added flexibility Find out more in the full Terms and Conditions .

All existing Wetherspoon vouchers are still valid during the next 12 months.

CAMRA promotes responsible drinking and thus encourages all vouchers to be used responsibly at all times.

The CAMRA Voucher Scheme is in addition to the Real Ale Discount Scheme where around 3500 pubs offer great discount benefits to membership card-carrying CAMRA members.

Voucher redemption: Each voucher is stamped with a start and end date and must be redeemed within this time. A membership card should be produced when using vouchers as proof of membership.

CAMRA promotes responsible drinking and thus encourages all vouchers to be used responsibly at all times.