Brighton & South Downs CAMRA

CAMRA stands for The Campaign for Real Ale, a British consumer organisation founded 1973 to campaign for the quality of traditional British beers. This now includes good pubs and traditional cider & perry. It has local branches all over Britain and the Brighton & South Downs Branch is one of the five branches covering the County of 'Sussex' (i.e. East & West Sussex)

2015 BRANCH COMMITTEE and how to contact some of them

Chairman and Membership Secretary - Keith Newell

Secretary - Paul Free

Treasurer - John Kirkland

Social Secretary - Jack Wilkinson

Cider & Perry Rep - Jackie Johnson

Pubs Officer - Jason Phillips

President - Pete Coppard

Webmaster - Adrian Towler

INN SIGN APPEAL: Do you know of a pub due for refurbishment conversion or demolition that might have a redundant Inn Sign? Please see below.



Keith Newell

Our 2015
Branch Chairman is





Over 1,850 CAMRA members live in our Branch area, which is Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Newhaven, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Shoreham-by-Sea and the area in between. So what do we do – apart from drink beer and run this website?

1. Organise the annual South Downs Beer Festival in The Old Town Hall & Corn Exchange, Lewes, June 2015.
2 THE GOOD BEER GUIDE: We select 27 to 30 pubs from our area for inclusion in CAMRA's annual Good Beer Guide. CAMRA Members who wish to help in this process, for future editions of the Guide, need to use CAMRA's National Beer Scoring System (called NBSS) link here or download an A4 sheet of scoring slips here. Our Branch also has small booklets of 10 slips, which do the same job, available at Branch Meetings.
3. Choose one as our Pub of The Year. Our 2014 winner is The Gardener's Arms Lewes and runner up is The Brewers Arms, Lewes. with Country Pub of the Year being The Horns Lodge, Chailey.
4. Organise weekly socials, usually on a Thursday night, in pubs that serve good real ale, run surveying and recruiting trips locally by minibus, and visits to breweries.
5. Assist in organising the Sussex Beer & Cider Festival 19–21 March 2015, in our Branch area at Brighton Corn Exchange
6. Help with the distribution of Sussex Drinker, website link a quarterly colour magazine about the local real ale scene, available free in lots of Sussex pubs.
7. Represent CAMRA and campaign on CAMRA issues in our area, minibus trips to pubs with literature, stalls at festivals, etc.

8. Liaise with and report on the several and increasing number of Breweries on our patch to CAMRA headquarters, and put their news in the 'Bru News' section of Sussex Drinker.
9. Run a Summer ALE TRAIL and its associated 'Cider Rider' - will resume in the Spring of 2015, around our area, with prizes for visiting 20, 30 or 40 pubs.

10. Compile a database of local pubs... to feed into CAMRA's WHAT PUB? The Summer ALE TRAIL page lists the 40 participating real ale pubs which are well worth a visit and for other recommendations please look in CAMRA's current Good Beer Guide.

A community Co-operative is preparing The old Bevendean Hotel in Brighton to open as 'The Bevy' (hopefully 12th December) which will be a pub, cafe and community centre – more here at

What they really need is an inn sign, or at least the metal top part (the post is still there) and of course the sign would be repainted.

Do we know of any pubs being altered in the next six months that might have a suitable sign (to save it going into the skip?)

Even more valuable would be an internal porch – the sort of wood & glass structure so that the front door doesn't cause a huge draught when somebody comes in. The building was built around 1935, so something of that era would be ideal.

CONTACT Chris Pobjoy, – tel 0777 379 4384

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