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CAMRA Events in October

Saturday 1st
Presentation to Scotland & Northern Ireland POTY
Volunteer Arms (Staggs), Musselburgh followed by a crawl of other real ale pubs in Musselburgh
Thursday 6th
17th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
Concert Hall, Troon
Friday 7th
17th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
Concert Hall, Troon
Saturday 8th
17th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
Concert Hall, Troon
Saturday 15th
Wigtownshire Social
The Grapes, Stranraer
Thursday 20th
North Ayrshire Social
Corner House, Kilwinning
Wednesday 26th
East Ayrshire Social
Mill House Hotel, Stewarton
Saturday 298th
All day
Beer Festival Volunteers Trip
Loch Lomond Brewery

In addition to the events displayed above, there are other real ale festivals taking place during October. The Grapes, Stranraer would love to see you at its Autumn Festival, Friday 14th - Saturday 15th while Forth Valley CAMRA invites you to Alloa Octoberfest on Friday 28th - Saturday 29th in Alloa Town Hall.

Members are encouraged to attend as many of these events as they can.  Please note that the trip on October 29th is only open to those who volunteer at the Ayrshire Real Ale Festival.

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

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.

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.