CAMRA achieved its goal of giving people a choice in the number and quality of ales available to them.
That isn’t the end of the story for CAMRA though.
Fenland branch chairman Nigel Woodburn says: “The whole thing has moved on a bit and now we need to be supporting pubs because so many have gone.”
For instance, the 491 members in the branch no longer hold beer festivals, partly because that would be taking trade away from pubs.
CAMRA nationally supports the pub trade by campaigns for cuts in beer duty to keep prices affordable and by backing villagers trying to protect pubs by getting them listed as community assets .
The Fenland branch lists local pubs in CAMRA’s national Good Beer Guide – Nigel says 30 are included each year, and the Red Lion Hotel in Spalding has been included for many years. The branch has also produced supplements to the national guides as well as composing Lincolnshire versions.
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