%PM, %20 %875 %2010 %20:%Dec

Campaign Introduction

Written by

We are currently living in strange times, with the unprecedented worldwide recession, the government in its death throes randomly flinging out ill conceived policies, growing unemployment and rising unrest evident all around us. And against this backdrop the enjoyment of a quality beer in a convivial atmosphere can sometimes seem relatively unimportant to all of us - even CAMRA members (on occasion) - but off course even more so to none drinkers and more worryingly the disconnected MPs, who are supposed to represent us.

Pubs and drinking are under constant attack from all sides with the recession and unemployment affecting the change in our pockets, the media portrayal of all drinkers as a problem requiring fixing, and the government considering taxation as a way to deal with binge drinking. Meanwhile the pubco’s are cutting and running from struggling lessees in their droves, while the humble local pubs struggle to deal with the ongoing impacts from the smoking ban and escalator taxes on the pint (not to mention numerous side effects from other ill thought government policies - entertainment licenses anyone?). And we won’t even mention Cains.

The pubs themselves in a struggle to survive look for where margins can be squeezed, through price increases, the removal of lined glasses, or cutting back the opening hours and the staff working there. 

The 24/7 news culture goes for headlines of course in the battle for news ratings and 100,000 members enjoying a pint or three of Ruby Mild or XXXB is not attractive to them while kids drinking vodka bottles on street corners or youths in town falling over or fighting makes good tele if poor journalism. Unfortunately the very thing that sells the Daily Mail, or fills ITV news programs is currently how government policy is researched and actioned.

All this goes to make this real ale fan feel a little like the boy with the finger in a dyke. But we are 100,000 strong now as members, and there are many more non-members out there who feel the same. We all have fingers and we should feel like we can do something. 

As CAMRA we try hard to fight for policies that protect or help nurture the industry - and the output - which we so love. We have had some good successes one of which LocAle fits well with the zeitgeist of sustainability and the general increasing desire for local produce. Many of these local brewers are small and while some may be perfectly formed now can quickly become damaged through ‘small’ tinkering of government be it national or local and where are they going to sell their beer when the pubs shut down?

So as an individual where do you fit in; where you can help, which part of the dyke are you going to save? There are many options worth considering some of which may involve a little work, but even that should be enjoyable. To show your support to CAMRA and the real ale industry you could;

  • Volunteer to work at a beer festival, or assist in its organisation
  • How about writing a piece for the MerseyAle or the website
  • You could become a Pub Ambassador for your local or favourite pub
  • You could help distribute the MerseyAle
  • Write to your MP or Councillor on matters relating to pubs and breweries
  • Just drink out at you local (that’s an easy one)
  • Write to your newspaper
  • Support your branch at the CAMRA meetings and go on one of the frequent trips
  • Keep the faith and spread the word.

Remember if you feel like you don’t have the time to help just stick with the drinking real ale at your local or favourite pub.

Read 1489 times Last modified on %PM, %04 %906 %2013 %21:%Oct
More in this category: Back the Pub »
Login to post comments

Good Beer Guide (GBG)

Good Beer Guide 2017 Cover web

For more detailed information on the best pubs in our branch area check out the 2017 Good Beer Guide. This edition has detailed information on 40 pubs in our area. If you buy through CAMRA we will make more profit which will be reinvested into campaigning. For more information check out the website. For information on how you can contribute to the Good Beer Guide check out the article on beer scoring and survey trips.


Kind is the Branches'  Chosen charity. At the Liverpool Beer Festival donations are collected, which includes giving  the public an opportunity to donate any left over beer vouchers, which we convert to a cash donation. For more information on Kind and how to make a donation please visit their website

CAMRA Members - Are you missing out

Take noticeLiverpool & Districts CAMRA keeps in touch with members on email on a regular basis: giving a synopsis on all beery events (both CAMRA and non-CAMRA) and special news such as pub awards, and reminders about branch socials and meetings.

We are keeping members up to date with what is going on within the branch without using CAMRA funds on snail mail letters.

Liverpool & Districts are keen to keep in touch. So, if you are a CAMRA Member and want to be kept up to date with what’s happening, both locally and nationally, please make sure that your email address is logged on the CAMRA website.

This is very easy to do:

  • Log onto the CAMRA website –
  • Click the Login tab and sign in with your membership number and password (your postcode).
  • Click the My Membership tab then click Edit your membership information.
  • Click Enter/Amend My Record. Edit and Save your changes.

Any problems? email the branch Membership Secretary 

CAMRA 40th

What Pub

Members can use to search for details of pubs across the UK and then look up details such as opening times, descriptions, facilities and of course details of the real ale and cider on offer.

Contact Us

Liverpool & District CAMRA:

Branch Contact, Steve Downing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web Master, Mel James-Henry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


230 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 4LW

phone: (01727) 867 201


Join CAMRA, and as well as making a difference, you will receive £20 worth of JD Wetherspoons Vouchers. Check out our New Members section for local benefits. The join us page lists all the other benefits you will receive. JOIN US today

JoomBall - Cookies

Committee Menu and Login