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Things have gone a bit quiet now all the excitement of the Revitalisation Project is over but watch this space.

www.discourse.camra.org.uk is the CAMRA members’ forum and has a number of discussions about all sorts of things with even a vague link to beer, pubs, brewing, and, of course, CAMRA.

CAMRA Discount and Voucher Scheme

CAMRA have changed the way members can get a discount on their pint so here is a Guide to the CAMRA Discount and how to get it.

Getting money off your pint of real ale used to be straightforward for CAMRA members. You got £20 of Wetherspoon vouchers when you joined or renewed which were split into 3-month bands and you could use in any Wetherspoon pub to get 50p off a pint. There were also a variety of pubs which generously offered discounts at different rates to CAMRA members, sometimes limited to specific ales or times.

From July 2019 Wetherspoon vouchers have been replaced with a new CAMRA-owned and operated voucher scheme.

This is known appropriately as the CAMRA Voucher Scheme.

All new and renewing CAMRA members now receive:

  • £30 (60 x 50p) worth of CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Vouchers
  • Redeemable at over 1,550 pubs nationwide, including J D Wetherspoon, Stonegate (real ale only), Brains (Brains real ales only), Castle Rock, and Amber Taverns managed pubs
  • All vouchers will be valid for the length of membership for added flexibility

Voucher redemption: Each voucher is stamped with a start and end date and must be redeemed within this time. A membership card should be produced when using vouchers as proof of membership.

If, like me, your membership doesn’t renew until next year you won’t have received these new vouchers yet but existing Wetherspoon vouchers are still valid during the 12 months from July.

The CAMRA Voucher Scheme is in addition to the Real Ale Discount Scheme where around 3,500 pubs offer benefits to CAMRA members who can receive discounts* from 10p off a pint to a whopping 20% off selected products on the production of a valid membership card. Pubs offer the discounts to encourage CAMRA members into their pubs to enjoy their real ales.

*Please note that discounts are at the discretion of the pubs and they reserve the right to remove or change an offer at any time without notice.

Oxford Branch is not very well supplied with pubs that are in the voucher scheme. Apart from the 5 Wetherspoon pubs there is just the City Arms in Cowley Road (Stonegate).

We are better off with the discount scheme where CAMRA has persuaded Greene King to give 10% off a pint of real ale in most of their managed houses. All in all there are about 30 pubs in the branch area that offer a discount of some sort. You can find these pubs, (and others anywhere in the country), by simply visiting WhatPub.com and searching for pubs tagged with these symbols:

for the discount scheme                   and      for the voucher scheme.

Pubs participating in the scheme will also feature the Real Ale Voucher or Discount Scheme window sticker – look out for this in your local (new design in pubs soon!).

If you find a pub that gives a discount but hasn’t got the symbol, or a pub that has the symbol but no longer gives a discount please let me know by giving feedback through WhatPub or emailing whatpub@oxford.camra.org.uk

For full Terms and Conditions visit https://www.camra.org.uk/join/membership-benefits/camra-voucher-scheme/

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