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LOCAL NEWS - CHANGE OF ROUTE ON NEXT THANET CAMRA SOCIAL 21/07/18 - Added 18/06/18 1357

Meeting at midday we will now start off at Laughing Barrel Micropub before going onto 19th Hole, White Swan, Yard of Ale and Four Candles. For further details click here


LOCAL NEWS - THANET CAMRA BRANCH PUB OF THE YEAR 2019 & GOOD BEER GUIDE - HOW TO NOMINATE - Added 13/06/18 1124

We are now taking nominations for the Thanet Branch Pub of the Year (PotY) 2019.  Nominations can be made via the typeform link https://thanetcamra.typeform.com/to/Ip5gBK.

You may also nominate by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or using the form in the Ale of Thanet.

Our Terms and Conditions:

To nominate a pub for PotY you must be a member of the Thanet CAMRA Branch, when nominating online you must include your membership number, found on your Membership card, which also states which Branch you belong to.

Only one nomination per member per category will be allowed.  Nominations can be made as above.  If you are emailing a nomination it must contain your name, membership number and nominations.  Closing date for nominations is the 25th July, for short listing at a Branch Meeting on 26th July 2018.  Information provided for nominations will be destroyed once short listing is complete.

Members are invited to nominate their favourite traditional pub, favourite micropub and or favourite Cider Pub – you do not have to vote for all three of these.  These nominations will identify the pubs we will take forward to judging.

If you would like to be involved in the judging of the short list please supply your contact details via the same methods as nominations and attend our next Branch Meeting (or contact me direct), please note that licensees and those with a financial interest in a pub are not permitted to judge.

We will have a Traditional Pub of the Year and a Micro-Pub of the Year, only one of these will go forward as our Branch Pub of the Year.

Our Cider Pub of the Year will go forward as our Branch Cider Pub of the Year.

Our Good Beer Guide entries will be selected from those nominees eligible and scoring highest in our Pub of the Year judging.

As Branch Chair, I would like to make it clear that while I compile the results, I do not get involved in the judging process.  We have a set of criteria to judge against, our judges should remain ‘silent’ in the role that they are undertaking.  Judges who discuss their judging role outside of the committee will have their scores discounted.

Intimidation of any member of Thanet CAMRA regarding this – or any other matter – will not be tolerated.  Action will be taken against ANYBODY who initiates any form of intimidation, including via social media and messaging services.  Any comments or queries regarding the competition should be raised at a committee meeting.

Jo Walbank – Branch Chair


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