Branch Diary - Events cancelled until December due to Covid-19

We should NOT be arranging Branch socials or meet ups in pubs – we will let you know when advice on this changes.


Campaigning should still be carried out outline.

We must be careful not to encourage crowds to gather, or any kind of behaviour that would mean that it would be hard for a pub to keep social distancing measures in place. We will, where possible, try to educate consumers on how to use pubs safely and in a responsible way when they reopen.

For England, the guidance from Sept 14 is:

Compulsory for pubs and restaurants to take customers’ details for the test and trace programme.



Social gatherings of more than 6 people are against the law

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday September 14 - with some exemptions - amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases.
The law change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors.
It will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
The new rules - which come into force on 14 September - mark a change to England's guidance.

It is with regret that, in view of the current restrictions posed by the coronavirus situation, the Awards Committee has confirmed that the regional, super-regional and final rounds of this year’s Pub of the Year and Club of the Year competitions are to be cancelled. The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone is of paramount importance.

National Pub of the Year 2021
October update:
Unfortunately there is still a lot of uncertainty about what restrictions are going to be in place in the near future and how long they are going to be in place for. This has made it very difficult to be able to decide on a realistic timescale for next year’s competition at this stage so we have taken the decision to delay the announcement of next year’s deadlines.
We will continue to monitor the situation nationally and will review this again early in January.


Update: 21 August 2020 Please note that during these uncertain times, the Regional Directors’ are unable to authorise any expenditure. We are also requesting the branches do not make any financial commitments for any event at present.


Update August 29 2020:

For the last few months, publicans and their staff have been struggling to comply with the current government Covid-19 restrictions which is having an effect on their business and livelihood.



With a fair number of our national pubs only recently opening and still under more threat than they were before, we feel that it is not the time or the social environment to hold a Festival.

With this in mind, plus the fact that the 2020 venue has confirmed it will remain closed indefinitely, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 South East Essex CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival.

We would, however, encourage all our branch members and visitors to visit and support our local pubs (and clubs, tap rooms, breweries, etc) rather than attend our festival. They need your help now more than ever. Thank you, and see you in November 2021





The National Executive have instructed that all events be cancelled until November. This period of suspension will be extended in a rolling fashion every two weeks until further notice.
"There is no legal requirement to have a Branch AGM within 15 months. (It is an Internal CAMRA requirement. All internal meetings have been cancelled)
The Branch can hold its AGM when the lockdown is over. In the meantime the Branch needs to submit the end of year accounts as normal."


CAMRA Branch activities:
For the time being you should NOT be arranging Branch socials or meet ups in pubs – we will let you know when advice on this changes. Campaigning should still be carried out outline. We must be careful not to encourage crowds to gather, or any kind of behaviour that would mean that it would be hard for a pub to keep social distancing measures in place. We will, where possible, try to educate consumers on how to use pubs safely and in a responsible way when they reopen.


Pub quiz: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/24/football-quiz-pubs-near-clubs-name-the-stadium-from-the-pre-match-venue


Farewell Jeff and Jerry

As we could not attend Jeff Channon's funeral, instead we raised a glass to him at that time. We hope he would smile at us drinking at 10 in the morning.

RIP Jeff - we miss you.

Farewell to Jerry Gibson too.

Branch meetings usually start at 20:30