Real ale group hits 600-member mark

This Is Wiltshire: CAMRA is celebrating its 600th member, Fay Arbon, who is pictured at The Sun Inn CAMRA is celebrating its 600th member, Fay Arbon, who is pictured at The Sun Inn

SWINDON and North Wiltshire’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch is raising a glass to its 600th member.

The news is the latest in a series of milestones for the group, which encompasses Swindon along with Cricklade, Royal Wootton Bassett, Highworth, Wroughton and Marlborough.

The branch reached 500 members in late 2009 and is aiming to sign up 750 people by 2014.

The 600th member is Fay Arbon, who spoke of her concern at the alcohol duty, which automatically rises at each budget on a scale introduced by the previous government.

She said: “I became a member of CAMRA as I really enjoy a good pint of real ale, plus I’m concerned about the number of pubs that have closed over the last few years – not only in Wiltshire but also in York, where I go on holiday each year. In York in 2010, four pubs closed down during my two-week stay there.

“Since becoming a member I have therefore signed the petition and sent an email to my MP against the beer escalator.

“I believe that joining together via CAMRA gives us all the best chance to have our voice heard, so I really value the work that CAMRA does.”

Fay enjoys stouts, porters and any kind of dark beer from her local, The Sun Inn at Coate Water.

She said: “My favourites are Marston’s Oyster Stout and a great pint from York Brewery called Ghost.

“I’m not very keen on pale beers, in particular those with a citrus flavour, so I can struggle in the summer months to find the ideal pint.”

But Fay has enjoyed CAMRA’s ‘Mild in May’ promotion to try tipples more to her liking in the warmer weather.

She said: “I really like trying different and new brews, which beer festivals are great for.

“Two that I never miss each year are the Swindon Beerex in the autumn and the Devizes Beer Festival in summer.

“It’s at those festivals that my husband and I both discovered CAMRA.

“What a surprise to find out I’m the 600th Swindon member – here’s to the 1000th!”

The total number of CAMRA members nationally is just under 140,000.

People can join by filling in the membership application form in the latest edition of The Rising Tun magazine or visit http://www.camra.org.uk/join

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7:59pm Wed 4 Jul 12

Fox in Exile says...

Not been in the Sun for a few years but I'd be interested to know how Fay enjoys stouts, porters and any kind of dark beer from and Arkells tied house.
Not been in the Sun for a few years but I'd be interested to know how Fay enjoys stouts, porters and any kind of dark beer from and Arkells tied house. Fox in Exile

8:19pm Wed 4 Jul 12

Al Smith says...

Fox in Exile wrote:
Not been in the Sun for a few years but I'd be interested to know how Fay enjoys stouts, porters and any kind of dark beer from and Arkells tied house.
Oh I dunno perhaps having a pint of Peter's Porter or Mash Tun Mild? Then there is of course whatever stout(s) The Sun Inn sells.

I'm not a regular Arkell's drinker as my local isn't an Arkell's pub, but even I've had these beers.
[quote][p][bold]Fox in Exile[/bold] wrote: Not been in the Sun for a few years but I'd be interested to know how Fay enjoys stouts, porters and any kind of dark beer from and Arkells tied house.[/p][/quote]Oh I dunno perhaps having a pint of Peter's Porter or Mash Tun Mild? Then there is of course whatever stout(s) The Sun Inn sells. I'm not a regular Arkell's drinker as my local isn't an Arkell's pub, but even I've had these beers. Al Smith

8:30pm Wed 4 Jul 12

Fox in Exile says...

Al
I've heard of the beers but Arkells pubs do not sell non Arkells beers
Al I've heard of the beers but Arkells pubs do not sell non Arkells beers Fox in Exile

8:58pm Wed 4 Jul 12

Al Smith says...

Fox in Exile wrote:
Al
I've heard of the beers but Arkells pubs do not sell non Arkells beers
There's a Guinness pump in the photo (and she seems to be drinking a pint of Guinness), so I guess she drinks Guinness and whatever Arkell's dark/mild The Sun Inn has.
[quote][p][bold]Fox in Exile[/bold] wrote: Al I've heard of the beers but Arkells pubs do not sell non Arkells beers[/p][/quote]There's a Guinness pump in the photo (and she seems to be drinking a pint of Guinness), so I guess she drinks Guinness and whatever Arkell's dark/mild The Sun Inn has. Al Smith

12:47am Fri 6 Jul 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

hmmmmm *strokes beard*
hmmmmm *strokes beard* Even Angrier Monkey

3:00pm Fri 6 Jul 12

garwatts says...

Fox in Exile wrote:
Al
I've heard of the beers but Arkells pubs do not sell non Arkells beers
I don't think that is correct. I was in the Rattrap recently and they were selling two guest ales.
[quote][p][bold]Fox in Exile[/bold] wrote: Al I've heard of the beers but Arkells pubs do not sell non Arkells beers[/p][/quote]I don't think that is correct. I was in the Rattrap recently and they were selling two guest ales. garwatts

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