Charity Fundraising 2014


Kent cricket has been supported by the Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), who also raised over £2780 for charity during the 2014 season.

We will be presenting this to representatives of the charities at the New Inn, Woodlawn Street, Whitstable, on Thursday 20th November 2014 commencing at 8.15 p.m. This year, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Stroke Association will receive £1393.38 each. We would welcome members of the press at this informal presentation.

The money was raised at our CAMRA Marquees at Kent County Cricket Club’s Tunbridge Wells Festival Week and Canterbury Festival Week, where we dispensed real beer, good food and good cheer to lovers of cricket and beer, at these lovely cricket grounds.

We were helped by the breweries listed below, who were kindly able to supply us with donated beer. This enables us not just to cover our costs but to donate any profits to our chosen charitable organisations. Most of these breweries are Kent microbreweries – we’ve got over 30 now in the county.

Breweries which donated beer to the 2014 marquees:

  • Canterbury Ales
  • Canterbury Brewery
  • Goachers (Maidstone)
  • Goody’s (Herne)
  • Harveys (Lewes)
  • Hopdaemon (Newnham)
  • Kent Brewery (Birling)
  • Larkins (Chiddingstone)
  • Mighty Oak (Maldon)
  • Millis (Dartford)
  • Musket (Maidstone)
  • Pig and Porter (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Ripple Steam Brewery (Dover)
  • Rother Valley Brewery (Northiam)
  • Shepherd Neame (Faversham)
  • Tonbridge Brewery
  • Wantsum (Hersden)
  • Whitstable Brewery
  • The Unicorn pub in Canterbury also donated beer
  • Hire Station donated bar equipment


Kent County Cricket Tents 2015


We have been running our tents at the festival weeks of various Kent County Cricket Club grounds since 1983. These tents are not open to the general public – they are for CAMRA members and all their guests.

General information

  • You will need to pay for admission to the ground at the gate (unless you are a KCCC member, of course)
  • Admission to the tents is free to CAMRA members (show your membership card, please). Members need to sign themselves and their guests into the visitor’s book (you can bring as many guests as you like!) We ask guests to donate about £2 per day to help cover our overheads.  This is entirely voluntary
  • We have seating for about 40 people in front of our tent, or you can take your beer anywhere else in the ground (as long as it’s in a plastic glass if you go away from the tent)
  • We sell an ever-changing range of real beers, wine, soft drinks, and a cider.  We also sell chili con carne, rolls and cakes at Tunbridge Wells (limited range of snacks for the T20), but we can only do cakes at Canterbury.
  • The tents are run in aid of charities, and we welcome any sponsorship. Many of the beers are donated by breweries.
  • You can join CAMRA at the tent. We also offer cricket tent only membership at a reduced price.
  • Save money by buying ground admission tickets in advance. Details are on the KCCC membership brochure which can be downloaded from the Membership 2015 section of There are also many different membership packages.

Fixtures 2015

Tunbridge Wells (Nevill Ground) 2015

Our first T20 tent!  Also the county championship 4-day match.

Friday July 17th T20 Kent v Glamorgan 5.30 – 8.15pm (gates and our tent open at 3.30pm)

Sunday July 19th – Wednesday July 22nd Kent v Essex.  Tent opens every day at 11am

Canterbury (St Lawrence Ground, Old Dover Road) 2015

  • Canterbury Cricket Week!  Our tent is confirmed as:

Sunday August 2nd Kent v Sussex Royal London one-day match 10.30 am

Tuesday August 4th to Friday August 7th  Kent v Northants 4-day match.  Tent opens every day at 11 am.

Saturday August 8th Kent v Lancs Royal London one-day match 10.30 am

More details to follow.



Fixtures 2014

Tunbridge Wells (Nevill Ground) 2014

  • Kent v Worcestershire 4-day match*, from Sunday May 25th to Wednesday May 28th.
  • We are open from 11 am until close of play
  • We will be able to serve hot and cold food as well as the usual wide range of real ales, cider and wine

Canterbury (St Lawrence Ground, Old Dover Road) 2014

  • Canterbury Cricket Week*, on Wednesday August 13th (Kent v Sussex) and from Friday August 15th to Monday 18th (Kent v Hants) and Wednesday August 20th (Kent v Middlesex)
  • We are open from 11 am until close of play, except on the Wednesdays, which are floodlit games starting at 2pm.  We’ll be open from noon.
  • We serve a wide range of real ales, plus cider and wine
  • Because of the catering franchise, we won’t be able to do food at Canterbury, except for cakes donated by members.  There will be a curry night after close of play on one night

*remember that County Championship matches may not last for 4 days. The CAMRA tent will not open on the 4th day if the match has already ended.

Charities 2014

The Stroke Association and Alzheimer’s Research UK

For more information please contact

cricket week


DSC_0539This was another excellent year with a wide range of social events and good support from our branch membership. My thanks to all who helped with the planning and organisation of events, and particularly Gill Keay who once again put a lot of work and effort into organising several beer tents and festivals. Thanks, too, to all who attended the social events and made it all worthwhile.

The social programme for the year started during a particularly cold and snowy January with a visit to the Ripple Steam Brewery at Sutton which is between Dover and Walmer. Because of the bad weather, the visit was in doubt right through the week. But the sun shone on the Saturday and the few who braved it were rewarded with memories of an excellent brewery tour, an informative talk by head brewer David, some really good beer and a barbecue on the patio outside the brewery where we were able to enjoy lovely views of the snow covered fields and the rural tranquility surrounding the brewery. Thanks to Rob Stephens for providing the transport for most of us, whilst Dave and Caroline braved the elements and used their bikes to get to the brewery.

In February, we repeated one of our once popular Triangle pub crawls utilising the frequent buses on the Stagecoach 4 and 6 bus routes and visiting pubs along the circular route. The pick of the pubs was The Butcher’s Arms in Herne Village, which as usual was packed to the rafters. It was the Saturday in the month when one of the locals provided a cold buffet with contributions going to the nearby Strode Park Foundation. We all made our contributions and cleared what was left of a wide range of scotch eggs and other tasty cold snacks as well as drinking some excellent beer..

In March, we made the journey over to Thanet to visit a wide range of the micro pubs now open for business. We had an excellent turnout and a most enjoyable day. We started at The Conqueror Alehouse, which was the first of the Thanet micro pubs and is well run by a CAMRA member, Colin, with some excellent well kept beers. Then on to the more quirky Chapel and The Thirty Nine Steps in Broadstairs, two larger establishments within 5 minutes walk of each other. We then bussed on to The Four Candles in nearby St. Peters, where the owner opened on a Saturday afternoon especially for us. A short hop then took us to another quirky pub, The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House in Margate. Those who had the stamina then ventured into Westgate-on-Sea to The Bake & Alehouse, with a few staggering on to The Why Not before going home.

In early April we had the first of our two mystery tours by luxury mini coach into the depths of the Kent countryside. This time, the pubs, route and timings were organised by Steve Lilley and Jo Dennis. A full coach load was treated to the delights of some excellent pubs in the Ashford and South East Kent area. The pick of the pubs was The Red Lion at Snargate on the edge of the Romney Marsh. Affectionately known as Doris’s, it is a gem of an unspoilt pub, which has been in the same family for 100 years. Also in April, we had an informal social at one of our new micro pub, The Tankerton Arms.

There were several events in May. Gill’s annual walk took a few intrepid walkers into Denge Wood where we were able to view and admire the wild orchids in their natural habitat. This was followed by a visit to the delightful Compasses Inn at Crundale where we took full advantage of the warm and sunny weather and sat in the pub garden. This was followed by another informal social/ pub crawl which visited the two new micro pubs in Herne Bay, The Firkin Frog and The Bouncing Barrel. This was followed up with a visit to The Prince of Wales to present a bronze award in the Branch Pub of the Year competition. Then at the end of the month, we had the first of two cricket beer tents organised by Gill Keay to raise money for worthwhile charities. The first formed part of the Tunbridge Wells cricket week in a delightful ground set on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells. Despite some wet and grey weather, we had a very good turnout, excellent support from the local branch and a good selection of well kept beers selected by Gill and well looked after by Gerry and Shakey.

In June, a country walk and pub crawl from Bishopsbourne to Bridge on a Friday early summer evening was poorly attended but took advantage of the long summer night and gave us the opportunity to visit some good pubs and again to enjoy some goos summer weather.

In July and following another successful and well supported Kent Beer Festival at Merton Farm, our social took us to the Medway Towns on a very hot summer day for the Hopper Festival where we took advantage of a shuttle bus service to visit five pubs, each of which had a wide range of cask beers. The pick of the pubs was The King’s Arms at Upper Upnor which had a very good selection of real ales and foreign specialist bottled beers, some excellent and good value food and a lovely pub garden in which to enjoy the sunshine. And all the staff were dressed in sailor’s uniform. On the way back, we stopped at the excellent Elephant pub in Faversham.

In August, Matt Pringle kindly took on responsibility for the second Kieron Drum Memorial Pub Crawl and again went for London, rivers and rugby. Richmond-on-Thames was the chosen location and plenty of excellent pubs in the area were visited. Kieron would have been proud of it. The second of Gill’s two cricket tents followed later in the month, this time as part of Canterbury Cricket week. Again, the weather was disappointing but a lot of people turned up and a lot of good beer was consumed. In total, the two tents raised £2,246, the money being shared between two very worthwhile charities, Kent Red Cross and Prostrate Cancer. The end of the month saw branch participation in the Faversham Hop Festival, with a small beer festival run jointly with Swale Branch. We also had an impromptu visit to Thanet where a very small group of us visited the micro pubs we had missed earlier in the year.

September saw further branch participation with CAMRA bars once again at The Eastbridge Hospital in Canterbury and a week later at Strodefest 2013 organised but the Strode Park Foundation on their site near Herne Village. Sadly the event was marred yet again by bad weather but there are memories of Shakey’s 1960’s style wig [photo above], lots of wasp swotting (they were only there for the beer) and an excellent BBQ laid on by Shaun and team from the Pig and Porter Brewery. The end of the month saw the opening of the Kent Green Hop Festival with a large number of local attendance at the Green Hop Beer Festival in Dane John Gardens, Canterbury. Although not officially a branch CAMRA event we also celebrated what has now become a bi-annual event, former branch activists Mike and Mary Galliers birthday pub crawl. Their 30 beers for 30 years all day pub crawl is now legendary and we visited 11 excellent hostelries in Whitstable, one of which, The Old Neptune, has a superb beach location. As usual, we also savoured the delights of a supper at V C Jones Fish & Chip shop.

In October, we participated in what is hoped will become an annual event, a “Tour de East Kent” breweries. The idea was conceived by Eddie Gadd and John from The Foundry Brew House and modeled on a Belgian concept. As part of the conclusion of the Green Hop Festival, our resident luxury mini coach driver, Steve, took a large group of us round the five participating breweries, namely Gadd’s Ramsgate Brewery, Canterbury Ales at Chartham, the Foundry Brew Pub in Canterbury, Goody Ales in Herne and Wantsum Brewery in Hersden. Each of them had an open days and there were lots of good memories with plenty of good beer, music, and some excellent food including superb Indian food at Gadds where we were entertained by Eddie’s skiffle band.

November saw the second of our mystery tours with Rory Kehoe taking us round what I think was the whole of North Kent. Nevertheless, we went in a diverse range of pubs all of which had their own character and charm and the pick (in my humble opinion) of which were The Nevill at Birling and The Bull at West Malling. There will be memories, fond or otherwise, of the gents toilet at The Rising Sun at Kemsing and the singing group at The Queen’s Arms at Cowden Pound. We also had an “alternative” pub crawl in the Canterbury City Centre in November. I don’t know if it was the weather, the closeness to Christmas or the choice of a Friday night, but it was not well attended. Those who didn’t turn up missed the chance to try some of our lesser visited pubs, all of which dispensed some excellent real ales. Notably, The Carpenter’s Arms, the Lady Luck and the Canterbury Tales.

In December, we celebrated the festive period with our popular branch annual Christmas dinner, this year at The Millers Arms in Canterbury. Some good food was washed down with a good range of Shepherd Neame and once again we were in full flow with our regular carol singing , one of the musical high spots in the City Christmas calendar! At the end of the month, we had our now annual Christmas pub crawl and social which took the opportunity of visiting existing and potential pubs for the next Good Beer Guide. This year we visited nine pubs in two groups in Canterbury. Well supported, this was again another most enjoyable day.

In total, some 23 social events, ranging from beer festivals to mystery tours and bus trips with lots of memories.

In 2014, we have more varied events planned including more mystery tours, beer festivals, a possible return trip to Bruges, the third Kieron Drum memorial pub crawl and hopefully another tour de Green Hop Kent. We have already enjoyed an excellent pub crawl in Herne Bay and Whitstable but more about that in the next social review!

For more information about our branch social activities, please look on our YAHOO site or contact me by email:

John Hedington
Social Organiser
CAMRA Canterbury Herne Bay & Whitstable

Cakes, Ale and Charity

Canterbury, Herne Bay & Whitstable Branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, last week presented a cheque for £1,136 to the British Red Cross Association at the East Kent pub in Whitstable. The money was raised from sales of cask beer (and cakes in the tea interval) at Kent County Cricket Club’s 2014 Festival Weeks at Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells.

Continue reading Cakes, Ale and Charity

Celebration of Local Ales and Ciders Sept 7 2013


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH 2013 11am to 7pm

In the historic centre of Canterbury at the Master’s Lodge, Eastbridge Hospital, 58 St Peter’s Street CT1 2BE

  • A chance to try beers and ciders from some of the excellent microbreweries and cider producers which have appeared in recent years in East Kent.
  • Organised by the Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale)
  • We expect to be selling beers from Canterbury Ales, Canterbury Brewers (the Foundry), Goody’s Ales, Hopdaemon, Ramsgate (Gadds) and Wantsum
  • We expect to be selling ciders from Kent Cider, Dudda’s Tun and Rough Old Wife
  • The venue is the courtyard of the beautiful Master’s Lodge of the Eastbridge Hospital. The double doors open out on to St Peter’s Street, at the junction with the High Street, right by the King’s Bridge, the Weavers, and the Beaney Museum
  • The Eastbridge Hospital was founded in the 12th century to accommodate pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Beckett. It is now a permanent home for older residents. The website describes it as “a hospital in the old sense of the word – a place of hospitality”. At this event, it continues its 800-year oldtradition of sheltering pilgrims and local societies, by kind permission of the Master and Trustees
  • Meet some of the brewers and cidermakers


What else is happening?

  • We’ll be making presentations of certificates to most of the winners of the 2013 Kent Beer Festival’s Cider of the Festival and Kent Beer of the Festival competitions.
  • Visit the Beaney Art Museum and Library, only a few yards from the Eastbridge
  • Visit the Eastbridge Hospital, Greyfriars Chapel and the riverside Franciscan Garden (10am to 5pm, chapel open 2 to 4 pm)



Contact: 01227 463478/ 07976 431886/

Adventures in Home Brewing!

By David Walker (Campaigns Officer)

The Canterbury Area has a thriving Home brew club that meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Bottle Shop, located in the Good Shed in Canterbury from 7:30pm.  From kit brewers, all grainers and semi pro brewers tastes of each of others brews and war stories of stuck mashes are the order of the evening.

If you’re looking to start out, wonder how to move on from a kit to a grain beer, want to brew country wines or cider you’ll find a likeminded soul ready to trade tips and help you on your way.

If you like beer learning to brew is the best way to learn how to really understand it. Learn the tastes of hop profiles, how different malts come to gather and how to build recipes to create something fresh, tasty and amazingly unique.

We arrange friendly seasonal brew competitions are often arranged with the gang beginning to consider green hops and Christmas tipples. Have folks who go rambling in the woods for elderflower and other local goodies to make drinks you just will not find in the shops!

Branch Social Diary – late summer 2013

By John Hedington (Social Secretary)


Once again. Matt Pringle has kindly volunteered to organise this annual event to remember the sad loss of Kieron Drum. Matt is going to stick with rivers and rugby as it worked well last year and it is good to see some of the better parts of London during the Summer. And the pubs are close together. So, Matt has decided on Richmond on Thames. The plan will be to meet at Canterbury West Station at 09:15 for the 09:36 train to Waterloo East where we will arrive at 11:19. We then transfer to the Waterloo main line station for the 11:28 overground service which arrives at Richmond at 11:47. For those joining us in Richmond, the first pub is aptly named The Triple Crown and we will there at midday. The pub is located at 15 Kew Foot Road TW9 2SS. Please, if you are travelling independently, check directions carefully as the pub is difficult to find. After that, plenty of other pubs will follow and will be arranged closer to the day. More details to follow.

OTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES: The updated list of all other planned branch social events and meetings  is below.

Tuesday 13th August: Branch meeting at Ye Olde Yew Tree at Westbere

Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th & Monday 26th August: Beer Tent at Canterbury Cricket week

Saturday 31st August to Sunday 1st September: Faversham Hop Festival 10:00- 5:00

Saturday 7th September: CAMRA bar at Eastbridge Hospital in the City of Canterbury

Saturday 14th September: CAMRA bar at Strode Park Foundation (Herne Village) Strodefest 2013 – 1pm until 6pm; this is a family festival day with a 60’s theme; tickets are £5 per adult.

Tuesday 17th September: Branch meeting at The Firkin Frog in Herne Bay (to be confirmed)

Sunday 6th October: Tour de East Kent local breweries by luxury mini coach trip as part of Kent Green Hops Festival fortnight -further details to follow

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