Here are the details of our branch meetings, socials and other activities for members coming up over the next month or two.
More information is available from our social secretaries Patrick Johnson or Mark Boardley – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve also included some events for our neighbours in Dronfield & District branch, more information on Dronfield events can be found at www.dronfieldcamra.org.uk or by picking up a copy of their ‘Peel Ale’ magazine.
Public transport – information on timetables, maps, tickets etc can be obtained at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com. If you are travelling any distance an all day ticket is usually good value (for example the Citywide at £4.60 offering all day bus and tram travel with any operator).
Information on pubs including location can be found at www.whatpub.com.
11:20am Mon 29 May
This month we are walking in the Hope Valley, taking in the beer festival at the Old Hall Hotel in Hope along with a few other good country pubs.
We catch the 273 bus (TM Travel) from Sheffield Interchange at 11:20 out to the Ladybower Inn for a walk to the Anglers Rest at Bamford (or come out on a train & join us there) via the Yorkshire Bridge Inn. After a drink we shall walk over via Thornhill to the Cheshire Cheese at Hope, before joining colleagues at the Hope Valley Beer Festival at the Old Hall Hotel. Back via either train or 272 bus from Hope.
Hope Valley train Crawl
12pm Mon 29 May
After a few years doing it on the 272 bus we are back on the train for our traditional bank holiday excursion into the Peak Disrict! We catch the 12:14 train from Sheffield (also picks up at Dore & Totley at 12:21) and hop on and off visiting pubs in Grindleford, Hathersage, Hope and Edale as time allows, including the Hope Valley Beer & Cider Festival at the Old Hall Hotel in Hope, where it is intended to meet up with the group doing the RambAle.
To cover the train travel simply buy an off peak day return to Edale (which allows you to break journey at intermediate stops) costing £8.60. (note Senior Citizens without a railcard may find it cheaper to buy a concessionary Derbyshire Wayfarer pass for the day).
Pub Design Award
4pm Wed 31 May
The Ship Inn at Shalesmoor was highly commended in the National Pub design awards for its refurbishment. As the pub’s manager couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony in London, our branch Pub Preservation Officer collected the certificate and will be presenting it at the Ship on the afternoon of 31st May – all welcome to come along.
8pm Tue 6 Jun
The usual monthly formal members get together to discuss branch business; share pub, club and brewery news and catch up on what is happening in the campaign. Venue this month is the Greystones.
Annual Beer Census 2017
12pm Sat 10 Jun
Sheffield’s annual Beer Census returns for another year as we aim to collect as much information as possible about the real ale available in the Beer Capital of the UK. Daytime routes start at 12pm from various locations around the city and we will convene at the Red Deer on Pitt Street in the early evening to hand in completed forms and visit the last few remaining pubs together. More information on routes and leaders will be available on the website in due course and in the June edition of Beer Matters.
Pub of the Month
8pm Tue 13 Jun
Our June winner, voted for by our members, is the Broadfield on Abbeydale Road. Join us for the festivities as we present their certificate and enjoy a few beers.
Club of the Year
4pm Sat 17 Jun
Stocksbridge RUFC has been awarded Sheffield & District CAMRA’s Club of the Year award, and we have timed the presentation of this to coincide with the date of the club’s own beer festival. We are planning to arrive from 4pm onwards for a presentation at 5pm.
The number 57 bus from Sheffield Interchange will get you to within a couple of minutes’ walk of the ground, as will the SL1/SL1a Supertram link buses from Middlewood tram terminus.
Beer Festival planning meeting
8pm Tue 20 Jun
We continue work planning our 43rd annual Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, due to take place at Kelham Island Industrial Museum in October. If you are interested in being part of the organising committee or helping out in any other way please come along to this meeting at Shakespeares on Gibraltar Street.
Pub of the Year presentation
8pm Thu 22 Jun
We are heading down to the Kelham Island Tavern to present the Pub of the Year award for 2017. This has been timed to coincide with the pub’s own beer festival. Arrive from 8pm onwards for a presentation at 9pm.
The Kelham Island Tavern can be found at 62 Russell St, Sheffield, S3 8RW. Buses 57, 61, 62, 81, 82, 85 and 86 all stop nearby on the A61, or Shalesmoor tram stop is just a few minutes’ walk away.
Beer Matters distribution
8pm Tue 27 Jun
If you have signed up for a magazine delivery run, come along and collect your supply of the July issue and enjoy a beer with other distributors.
If the pubs you frequent are in our area but don’t receive copies, why not sign up as a distribution volunteer?
Please note the distribution arrangements have changed, if you deliver Beer Matters please contact our new co-ordinator Andy Shaw to let him know where you deliver to and get details of the new distribution venue.
12pm Sat 1 Jul
This month we are walking in the countryside to the north of the City, from the Royal Oak in Deepcar to Wortley Mens Club, where their annual beer festival will be taking place.
Stagecoach bus 57 runs direct from Sheffield Interchange to Deepcar, alternatively Stagecoach Supertram Link bus SL1 / SL1a goes there from Middlewood tram terminus. TM TM Travel bus 29 returns from Wortley as far as Chapeltown for connecting buses into Sheffield. A South Yorkshire Connect day ticket at £6.30 covers all buses and trams in South Yorkshire.
8pm Tue 4 Jul
The usual monthly formal members get together to discuss branch business; share pub, club and brewery news and catch up on what is happening in the campaign. Venue this month is the Cross Scythes on Derbyshire Lane, Norton Lees. Bus 18 will get you there.
10:30am Sat 19 Aug
This month’s RambAle will take place in Baslow and has been timed to coincide with Thornbridge Brewery’s Peakender weekend. More details will follow nearer the time.
Pub Heritage Walk
2:30pm Fri 8 Sep
Dave Pickersgill is leading his now famous Pub Heritage Walk, taking in some of the most historically significant watering holes in Sheffield City Centre. The tour will run twice, at 2:30pm and again at 5:30pm. Both start at Fagan’s on Broad Lane and will take in the Dog & Partridge, The Grapes, The Red Deer and Bloo88 before finishing at the Bath Hotel. The event is part of Heritage Open Days and Sheffield Walking Festival 2017 and places can be booked via Eventbrite.
For info and bookings, please contact our social secretary.
Dronfield & District events are listed on their branch website.