Welcome to the website of the Wolverhampton branch of the Campaign for Real Ale
We live in strange times. A visit to the pub seems a long way away and our last call in to the local was, well.. a few months ago.
Thankfully, brewers are still brewing and we can order in – though it’s not the same is it. Some local pubs are running a delivery service and all are doing what they can to ensure their business is still viable and they will be in a position to reopen once COVID-19 abates.
We at Wolverhampton CAMRA are meeting monthly via the Zoom app, to do what we can in our present limited capacity. The national lockdown is a devastating blow for pubs and breweries. CAMRA is calling for the government to introduce a new, long-term and sector-specific financial support package to help the industry survive the coming months. One-off grants offer some solace, but they don’t go far enough to counter the masive costs which closed businesses face.
Currently, lockdown legislation is in place in England until 31 March, which has led some to hope pubs will be open by Easter. However, there have been press reports that pubs in London might not open until the May Day bank holiday and in truth, we simply don’t know what the next government announcement might reveal.
We know how important lockdowns have proved in bringing down the rate of COVID-19 transmission. It is essential the government recognises pubs are a force for good and play an important role in bringing people together, tackling loneliness and isolation. When this nightmare is over, pubs will be vital to the nation’s healing.
As CAMRA national chairman Nik Antona says: “A new, dedicated and decent financial support package must reach our pubs and breweries quickly to save them from permanent closure and help hard-working licensees through this incredibly difficult time.”
For now, we at Wolverhampton CAMRA, collectively with our pubs, clubs and breweries, can only hope.
Take a look at our gallery and allow yourself to reminisce until we can get back to our pubs.