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CAMRA Events in August

Monday 1st
Beer Festival Planning Meeting
South Beach Hotel, Troon

Saturday 6th

2-pub Social in Largs
Lounge (1500) then J G Sharps (1630)
Monday 8th
South Ayrshire Social
The Twa Dugs, Ayr
Tuesday 9th – Saturday 13th
Times vary
Great British Beer Festival
Olympia, London
Thursday 18th
North Ayrshire Social
Village Inn, Fairlie
Saturday 20th
West of Scotland Tasting Panel
Wellingtons, Ayr
Tuesday 23rd
Branch Meeting and Beer of the Year Presentation
Glen Park Hotel, Ayr
Friday 26th
Revitalisation Project Consultation Meeting
State Bar, Glasgow
Saturday 27th
Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches Meeting (SNIB)
Geordies Byre, Ayr
Wednesday 31st
East Ayrshire Social
Brass & Granite, Kilmarnock

Members are encouraged to attend as many of these events as they can.  Partners and friends are welcome to come along to any of our social activities.

The time has come for our branch to play host to all other branches within Scotland and Norhern Ireland.  On Saturday, 27 August we will have a foprmal meeting in Geordie's Byre at 1300.  We would urge as many members to make the effort to come along and take the opportunity to meet fellow CAMRA members from other branches.

Beer of the Year

Our branch Beer of the Year Presentation to Ayr Brewing Company will take place on Tuesday 23 August during our branch meeting which starts at 2000.

A good turnout of branch members would be much appreciated.

Branch Magazine Crowned Best in Britain

Full Pints Winner image

A photo of the Full Pints presentation

The photograph shows Scotland & Northern Ireland Regional Director, Ray Turpie, making the presentation to Full Pints editor Stuart McMahon. Also in the photograph is branch chair, Graeme Perry.

In recent years our branch magazine has twice been awarded the title of most improved magazine within CAMRA.

However, at the recent CAMRA AGM in Liverpool, Full Pints was awarded the title Branch Magazine of the Year.  Our magazine editor, Stuart McMahon was rightly chuffed at this success and was quick to thank the many members who contribute articles and photographs for our quarterly publication.

Pub of the Year 2016

The four social area pubs of the year, voted by our members are:

North Ayrshire .......... The Waterside, Largs
South Ayrshire .......... Wellingtons, Ayr
East Ayrshire ............ Fanny By Gaslight, Kilmarnock
Wigtownshire ........... Steam Packet Inn, Isle of Whithorn

After a further round of judging our Pub of the Year 2016 is the Steam Packet Inn, Isle of Whithorn.

Club of the Year 2016

A photo showing the presentation to the Club of the Year

Club member and CAMRA stalwart Ian Martin is seen with branch chair, Graeme Perry and Cheryl Asbury who accepted the award on behalf of Garnock Community Social Club



Garnock Community Social Club has been awarded the title Club of the Year and received their certificate at our recent AGM.

Festive Crawl Success

Our annual crawl, held in Kilmarnock for the first time, was a resounding success with our numbers swelling to more than eighty at times during the day.  We visited six real pubs and enjoyed a selection of ales which were in good condition.  The only disappointment was the lack of ale available in the Goldberry Arms where only a few of our group succeeded in getting a taste of the Corncrake before the cask was emptied.  Our thanks go to Fanny By Gaslight, Braehead Bar, Brass & Granite, First Edition, Wheatsheaf Inn and even the Goldberry for their support.