Stourbridge & Halesowen Branch

Forthcoming Branch Events

Launch of revised edition “Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs” by Geoff Brandwood

Wednesday, 31st August, 2016 1.00 p.m. Woodman, New Canal Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5LG

For anyone interested in pub interiors, the renowned CAMRA author Geoff Brandwood will be signing the new edition of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs book at the historic Woodman pub in Birmingham.

This free event, taking place on Wednesday 31st August, will combine a talk on how to identify, conserve and preserve our treasured national heritage pubs with an author meet and greet book signing.

This book, which, is published by the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, explores more than 260 pubs throughout the UK which have interiors of real historic significance – some of them stretching back a century or more.

Featured in the book, the Woodman was recently re-opened by Birmingham Inns, The Woodman is a Grade II listed building which was built in 1897 for Ansell’s Brewery. It’s a fine example of the tiled and terracotta pubs that used to line the streets of Birmingham. Both the Bar and Smoke Room are tiled throughout in Minton tiles and the bar counter and back fitting are practically intact.

Comprehensively revised from the 2013 edition, the book boasts updated information and over 650 top-quality new photographs. Among the 260 pubs, there are unspoilt country locals, Victorian drinking palaces and mighty roadhouses. The book has features describing how the pub developed, what’s distinctive about pubs in different parts of the country, how people a century ago could expect to be served drinks at their table, and how they used the pub for take-out sales in the pre-supermarket era. (Cover price £9.99)

Other Forthcoming Events and Beer Festivals:

Thursday, 25th August, 2016 – Monday 29th August, 2016 12 – 12 every day. The Swan, Long Lane, Halesowen  August Bank Holiday Weekend Beer Festival 65 beers and 30 ciders. Live bands Fri/Sat/Sun night. (CAMRA Social 12 Noon Saturday 27th August)

Friday, 26th August, 2016 6.00 p.m. – Monday 29th August, 2016 10.30 p.m. Plough Inn, 154 Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston Stourbridge DY8 3PD
August Bank Holiday Beer Festival 10+ real ales. Live Music Sunday and Monday from 3.00 p.m. BBQ (Weather permitting!)

Tuesday, 6th September, 2016 Amblecote Marking Social start 8.00 p.m. Robin Hood, Collis Street then Starving Rascal, Swan, Maverick and Red Lion.

Wednesday, 14th September, 2016 Branch AGM Duke William, Coventry Street, Stourbridge 8.00 p.m. Start, Upstairs Room Booked. Bring Your CAMRA Membership Card. (Minutes and Agenda will be sent out about a week before the AGM)

Saturday, 17th September, 2016, Birmingham Chilli Festival. Meet Wellington, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham 1.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. Chilli Festival (Post Office Vaults for non-chilli lovers!) 3.30 p.m. Craven Arms, 4.30 p.m. Old Contemptibles, 5.30 Return to Stourbridge. Contact Phil Zjalic (pzjalic@hotmail.com) for more details

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 Wollaston Marking Social start 8.00 p.m. Foresters then Plough Inn, Gate Hangs Well, Unicorn, Princess and Graham’s Place.

Saturday 1st October, 2016 Dudley & South Staff Branch Trip to Green Hop Festival, Knightwick, Worcester WR6 5PH Cost £12 – Contact: Jacqui Edwards – socialsecretary@dudleycamra.org.uk for information.

Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 Branch Meeting Shovel 81 Pedmore Road, Lye 8.00 p.m. start

Saturday 8th October, 2016 CAMRA West Midlands Regional Meeting Scary Canary, High Street, Stourbridge 1 p.m. Start. Bring CAMRA Membership Card if attending.






Branch Contact: Tony Morgan (tonymorgan@morgs.org.uk)

Chair Rob Parsons
Vice Chair Phil Zjalic
Treasurer Tony Morgan
Membership Secretary Tony Skirving
Pubs Officer/GBG Co-ordinator John Midwood
LocAle Co-Ordinator
Pub Protection Officer Si Genner
Branch Secretary Tony Morgan
Social Secretary Tim Cadwell
Public Affairs Officer Tony Morgan
Web Master Tony Morgan
Young Members Officers Matt Merrick
Publicity Officer
Social Networking Co-ordinator Tim Cadwell
Deputy Newsletter Editor (in conjunction with Dudley & South Staffs Bch) Tony Skirving
Newsletter Article Co-Ordinators Tim Cadwell & Lizzie Ralph
Beer Festival Organiser John Midwood
APPLE Co-ordinator Chris Heardman
CAMRA Stourbridge & Halesowen Branch
Brewery Liaison Officers
Brewery Name
Angel Ales John Midwood
Craddock’s Geoff Mills
Fixed Wheel Phil Zjalic
Green Duck Tim Cadwell
Windsor Castle Mathew Button


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