Future Beer and Cider Festivals Update

The Branch Committee understands that many people ask about the beer festivals run by Chelmsford and Mid-Essex CAMRA which were cancelled due to COVID. This update will provide the current position.

The Branch plans, organises and runs the winter and summer festivals on behalf of CAMRA HQ and it is clear from them that our summer festivals in the future will be significantly smaller, and we cannot for the time being consider anything like our great events held in Admirals Park. With this in mind, we’ve been looking at a number of options and suitable venues which reduce significantly the initial start-up costs and the number of person-hours required to plan, set up/take down and run the event.  For example, in negotiations with one preferred venue we were unable to agree on a suitable price for the venue which would have allowed the festival to be viable.

After CAMRA gave the go ahead for festivals earlier this year it was always going to be difficult to arrange a Summer Festival in 2022 in the time available and after much discussion, we are now concentrating on the return of the Winter Festival in 2023 with Paul Murrell continuing as the Winter Beer Festival Organiser (BFO).

Looking forward, we now wish to appoint a BFO for Summer 2023. CAMRA have produced guidelines for the role, and this is available through the link below:

BFO Guidelines [PDF]

The role would suit one person or shared with someone else.

It is no secret that the role of BFO is varied and sometimes challenging and for this the guidelines state the person must have the following skills:

• Good organisational skills.

• Good communication skills, both in writing and in person.

• Access to a computer and the internet is essential.

• Ability to chair and control meetings.

• Ability to delegate.

If you are a member of CAMRA and you would like to be considered for this role (singly or sharing) please email chair@chelmsford.camra.org.uk by Sunday the 31st of July 2022.

If you wish to discuss this role prior to deciding, please contact Paul Sharp on 07815 051097.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Branch Committee

Chelmsford and Mid-Essex CAMRA