Branch History

The West Berkshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale covers the area of the Royal County west of a line from Aldworth to Aldermaston and includes the towns of Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford and Lambourn.

It was formed in 1986 as a successor to the former Newbury branch, which was set up in 1974.

Meetings are held monthly at a different pub in this area, usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, and are open to all-comers, members or non-members.  The meetings alternate between a business meeting and a social.

As part of its campaigning activity the branch organises social functions (such as an annual beer-based dinner), brewery visits and a home-brewing competition, and campaigns very hard against the closure of rural pubs.

West Berks CAMRA’s main campaigning organ is its free quarterly magazine, Ullage, which is distributed to nearly every pub and many other outlets within a 12-mile radius of Newbury.