Dudley and South Staffordshire

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


Here is the latest news about the branch and pubs & breweries in the branch area.

  • A personal message from Jacqui... Thursday 3 December 2020

    A message from Jacqui, following the recent passing of Phil...

    My thanks over the last few weeks go out to all members who have posted tributes and memories as well as condolences on social media about Phil. I have also received a lovely number of cards with not only sympathy but offers of help should I need it. Thank you all. It makes me so proud to see Phil was held in high regard.

    A further special thank you, however, goes out to all his CAMRA friends who today came to his funeral. He would, under the circumstances of Covid tier 3 limitations and such foul weather, have been so appreciative of your attendance.

    I now look forward to a new year when hopefully vaccinations will allow everyone who wants can get together with me, his work colleagues and his family etc. to celebrate his life and tell tall tales over a pint or three!!!!

    Cheers and best wishes, Jacqui xx

  • The 2020 Christmas advent Tuesday 1 December 2020

    It's the return of our advent calendar of Dudley, South Staffordshire, Halesowen and Stourbridge.

    You can follow the daily reveals via our Twitter page https://twitter.com/DudleyCAMRA

  • Our discussion with Mike Wood MP Saturday 28 November 2020

    Our Branch Chair, Ryan, joined manager Paula at the Bird in Hand (Wordsley) this afternoon as she passionately lobbied local MP Mike Wood about this government's unfair and illogical attack on the hospitality sector. Like many other pubs in our area, a lot of time and money was spent to make the Bird a safe and controlled environment only to be let down by policies with no evidence underpinning them.

    Mike, as always, was extremely sympathetic to the challenges being faced by the hospitality sector at this time and is determined to pressurise health officials to share data to justify the new Tier systems - that's if any exists of course. That said, we should be under no illusion that the new restrictions will be voted for in parliament next week regardless.

    Pub owner Paul was equally firm in setting out the need for a stronger and more effective financial deal for pubs to ensure we have a thriving pub sector in the months and years ahead.

    Ryan expressed his disappointment to Mike as to why - eight months into a pandemic - such damaging decisions were still being taken based on a theoretical risk, rather than a proven risk of transmission.

    Sadly, this is confirmation that advisers and decision-makers at the heart of the response to this pandemic believe (rightly or most probably wrongly) that killing the hospitality industry is the answer.

  • New Covid tiers Thursday 26 November 2020

    BREAKING: Dudley, Sandwell, and South Staffordshire will all be placed under Tier 3 restrictions from December 2nd meaning all of our branch pubs/clubs will remain closed and limited to takeaway/delivery services only.

  • Wot no fayre? Saturday 21 November 2020

    It's usually around this time of the year we're updating the website and the local press with all the fun, tastes and excitement of the forthcoming Dudley Winter Ales Fayre. Core members of the team are usually scrambling around with a combination of paperwork, barrels and boxes.

    Alas, this year is a very different story for all of us for very obvious reasons. Even if restrictions had been eased, we'd still have to consider the safety and well being of everyone; both you and our volunteers (we get recompensed on biscuits).

    Despite the back breaking work by many of the team to make DWAF a success, we love putting the fayre together, as much as you like to come to it. We always feel a tremendous amount of pride in delivering this amazing event. Frankly, we're as disappointed as you are.

    In the meantime, we hope you're still able to support our local pubs by buying "take outs" and the like. Many are under critical times and we'd be devastated if they are lost forever.

    We very much hope that things get better for us all, very soon. All being well, we're sure that we can bring DWAF 2021 to you, with a bang.

    Stay safe and we hope you raise a glass or two in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, we'd love to see any pictures or thoughts you have of previous events.

  • A bit of polish to the site Sunday 15 November 2020

    You may have noticed the site has gone through a few updates, including an all-needed mobile page. We hope you like the refreshed version.

    Naturally, we'd always welcome any feedback.


  • Phil's funeral Thursday 12 November 2020

    Following the recent, sad loss of Phil, Jacqui has asked if we can share this message with you..

    Thank you to all of our CAMRA friends who have sent cards and personal messages of sympathy and condolence.

    Phil's funeral will take place on 3/12/20 at Sand well Valley Crematorium on the Newton Road.

    Due to Covid regulations there is a limit to the number of mourners that can attend of 30. A pre completed list has to be submitted for contact /isolation purposes should they prove necessary at a later date.

    If any of his many friends would like to attend could they please let me know as soon as possible please.

    I have one final request to make of friends and that is for any spare copies of pictures of Phil that you can spare if they can be sent or emailed to me I would be so greatful. I have some but for nearly 30 years together there does not seem many. Once again thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words.

    Love Jacqui moc.liamg@armacyeldudiuqcaj

  • Phil Welsh Thursday 29 October 2020

    We are deeply saddened to share the news that longstanding branch activist Phil Welsh has passed away earlier today.

    Phil was passionate about pubs, real ale, and real cider in equal measure - all of the things that our campaign champions and fights for.

    All of our thoughts are extended to Phil's wife, Jacqui, at this difficult time.

  • A personal message from Jacqui... Wednesday 28 October 2020

    Phil Welsh and Jacqui Edwards would like to thank all our branch( and others) members for their text and emails. We have been touched by many of the warm and congratulatory thoughts and wishes for our wedding which took place this morning. We are also thankful for the lovely card received.

    For all the many messages so far received of commiseration over the unfortunate news of the spreading of Phil's cancer with a terminal prognosis, and for all those warm thoughts, best wishes, and many offers of help etc received, we would like to add our thanks.

    With Covid everything is topsy turvey, but thanks to support from family and friends we will get through it all.

    Love and best wishes to all of you, Mr and Mrs P Welsh.

    Our best wishes and love to them both.

  • Continue to support your local - Express & Star l Friday 2 October 2020

    "Continue to support your local during October in a safe and responsible way, helping to secure the future of our pubs as vital community meeting spaces"

    A press release from our Chair in today's Express & Star Business News.

  • Cancellation of Dudley Winter Ales Fayre 2020 Thursday 3 September 2020

    It is with a heavy heart that the committee and organiser of DWAF2020 have needed to cancel the Dudley Beer Festival. This is wholly due to the on going Covid19 regulations and the need for social distancing. We have a duty of care to our Customers, volunteers, DMBC staff and the wider public to help prevent the spread of the virus. The decision was not taken lightly and after consulting with both DMBC and Camra the decision was made to cancel this year’s event. It is only the second time that DWAF has been cancelled in its history, the other being because of Foot & Mouth.

    The committee and Dudley and South Staffs Branch of Camra asks that if possible and safe to help support your local pubs and Breweries at this difficult time.

    The committee is committed to running a Beer Festival in Dudley and virus permitting we hope to see everyone for DWAF2021.

    Stay Safe and happy drinking.

    Karl Denning

    Dudley Winter Ales Fayre Organiser

  • Pub opening schedule update Sunday 26 July 2020

    Just a few pubs across Dudley & South Staffordshire remain closed now. Click on the pub opening schedule link at the top left, for further information.