What is CAMRA?
CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) is a national consumer organisation whose main aim is to promote cask conditioned beer aka “real ale” and to preseve the place where it is drunk, the British public house. For more information on CAMRA‘'s aims visit the CAMRA national web-site.
..and the Keighley and Craven bit?
Keighley and Craven CAMRA are the local branch of CAMRA in the area covering the towns of Haworth, Keighley, Skipton, Settle and Grassington, which spans the boundary between the current English counties of West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. It includes the Worth Valley, famous for its steam railway and the Bronte sisters, and a large part of the southern Yorkshire Dales, with its spectacular limestone scenery. Click here, for a map of the branch area.
Who are we?
We are all ordinary people who enjoy a pint or two of real ale in convivial surroundings and have joined CAMRA to make sure we can continue to do so. There are over 300 CAMRA members in the Keighley and Craven area, of whom about a fifth take some part in branch activities. We think we are a socialble bunch, so if you like real ale, why not join us! New members are always welcome.
To join, simply go to the CAMRA national site and fill in the online form. Membership costs less than the equivalent of one pint of real ale a month.
What do we do?
We organise events and campaigns locally to further the aims of our parent organisation organisation. For more details check out the Campaigning and Events pages on this web-site. We also nominate pubs for national CAMRA publications, such as the annual Good Beer Guide, produce our own local guides and a quarterly newsletter.
Our activities are planned and organised at our regular branch meetings (usually held on the first Tuesday in each month), with the help of our committee, elected at our Annual General Meeting, held in February each year. The current committee is:
- Membership Secretary
- Lynda Smith
- Secretary and Alesman Newsletter Editor
- Fred Baker
- Social Secretary
- Jenny Baker
- Skipton Beer Festival Organiser
- Andy Moore
- Keighley Beer Festival Organiser
- Jeremy Brooksbank
- Branch Contact
- Graham Cundall
- Tasting Panel Co-ordinator
- Tamsin Candeland
- Richard Candeland
- Brewery Liaison Officer
- Copper Dragon
- Trish Cundall
- Haworth Steam
- Charles Marshall
- Timothy Taylor
- Tony Davies
If you wish to contact any of the members listed above, please do this through the Contact Us page on this website.