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CAMRA Events in December

Saturday 3rd
2-pub Social in Ayr
Smoking Goat (1500) then Geordie's Byre (1630)
Thursday 8th
Wigtownshire Xmas Social
The Grapes, Stranraer
Thursday 15th
North Ayrshire Social
Macaulays and then moving on to The Three Reasons, Largs
Sunday 18th
South Ayrshire Xmas Lunch
Wellingtons Bar, Ayr
Tuesday 27th
Festive Crawl

Members are encouraged to attend as many of these events as they can. Social events are open to friends and partners of all members.

Full details of all forthcoming events can br found on our branch calendar.

Branch Magazine Crowned Best in Britain

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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.

Scotland & Northern Ireland CAMRA 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 branch award on behalf of Garnock Community Social Club in March 2016



Having won the Ayrshire & Wigtownshire CAMRA Club of the Year title, Garnock Community Social Club in Kilbirnie, has been awarded the title Scotland & Ireland CAMRA Club of the Year 2016.

The club, which had been closed for a number of years, reopened 2 years ago under new management and with a new committee.  Thanks to their positive attitude and enthusiasm, the club is once more a major hub within the local community opening 7 days a week and the introduction of real ale has been a major success.  November 2015 saw the club host its first mini real ale festival, an event which is to be repeated 25th-26th November 2016.

The official presentation to the club will take place during their November festival.

Ayrshire & Wigtownshire CAMRA 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.

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.