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East Ayrshire
East Ayrshire Social

Wednesday, 24 April at 14:30

Weston Tavern, Kilmaurs

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Members' Weekend
Members' Weekend

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SCOTB Meeting
SCOTB Meeting

Saturday, 11 May at 13:30

Callum's, Johnstone

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Committee Meeting

Harbour Bar, Troon

Members only

Committee Meeting

Monday, 13 May at 20:00

North Ayrshire
North Ayrshire Social

Thursday, 16 May at 19:30

Village Inn, Fairlie

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Festival Planning

Twa Dugs, West Kilbride

Members only

Festival Planning Meeting

Monday, 20 May at 20:00

South Ayrshire
South Ayrshire Social

Tuesday, 21 May at 14:00

Harbour Bar, Troon

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Welcome

A warm welcome to the website of Ayrshire & Wigtownshire CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.  Geographically, our branch is located in South West Scotland and  covers an area of approximately 1600 square miles (4185 km²)

We have almost 600 members who are passionate about pub-going and real ale while having fun at the same time.  We are a very active branch with regular social activities and a successful festival which is held in early October each year.  In addition, we publish a multi-award winning branch magazine called Full Pints with issues printed and distributed quarterly. 

Please have a look around our website or better still come and join us in a pub for a beer or two.

Charity Presentation
We raised £1300 for Whiteley's Retreat during our festival in October

Coach Trip

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Saturday 20 April – Isle of Whithorn

Five Kingdoms Brewery has won various awards for beers during 2023. A certificate presentation will take place at the Steam Packet Inn, which will be operating as a Brewery Tap. If anyone would like to attend, there will be a coach (with toilet) provided at the times below.

Seats in the coach cost £25, and a free buffet lunch will be provided thanks to the generosity of Alastair Scoular. Special diets can only be catered for if notified in advance.

Free tours of the Five Kingdoms Brewery will be available to anyone interested.

Bookings should be made directly to the Branch Social Secretary (details below); full payment is required by 1 April.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque payable to CAMRA Ayrshire Branch or by bank transfer using the following details: Royal Bank of Scotland;  Sort Code 83-26-32;  Account 00154545 CAMRA Ayrshire Branch.

The proposed itinerary is shown below.

Pick-up/Drop-off pointOutwardHomeward
Saltcoats (rail station)09:4521:00
Kilmarnock (Palace Theatre, Green Street10:1520:30
Prestwick (Main Street, after Sauntrene Road)10:3520:10
Ayr (Station Road, bus stop on the opposite side of the road from the station)10:4520:00

The anticipated time of arrival at the Isle of Whithorn is 13.00.

Our Branch Pub of the Year is The Harbour Inn, Garlieston. Unfortunately, the management of the pub has intimated that the pub cannot cope with a sudden influx of almost 50 real ale drinkers on a Saturday afternoon. A small delegation will use public transport to make its way to Garlieston and make the presentation. The bulk of our party will remain at The Steam Packet Inn until 17:00.

For further information or to book a seat on the coach trip, contact Matt Miller at social@awcamra.org.uk or 07734 500934.

Beer of the Festival Presentation

During the Ayrshire Real Ale Festival (ARAF) last October, the theme bar featured a selection of beers brewed in Yorkshire. Customers were invited to vote for the beer they most enjoyed over the 3-day event. The winner was Landlord, brewed by Timothy Taylor in Keighley.

A sizeable group of local members travelled south to make the presentation at the end of February.

Photos courtesy of Scott Cameron

Clubs Wanted

Are you a member of a club?

Does your club offer cask beer?

There are many clubs in our branch area. Golf, bowling, social clubs, etc., have bars offering members various drinks. As far as we are aware, only a handful sell cask ale. As a branch, we would like to see this small number increase. If you feel your club could stock real ale, please get in touch with Ian Martin, our Clubs Campaigns Coordinator, by emailing clubs@awcamra.org.uk.

Events at a Glance

This is a list of events relevant to our branch over the coming weeks.

Social Media Links

Facebook

We have a double presence on Facebook:
Our branch has a Facebook Group which you are most welcome to join.  Here you can join in the friendly banter with other branch members.

We also have a dedicated Ayrshire Real Ale Festival Page which becomes very active just prior to and during our October festival.

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