Heavy Woollen

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


When does the local branch meet?

We usually meet monthly for an open branch meeting where we discuss current matters and decide such things as which pubs to nominate for the Good Beer Guide, which to award a Pub of the Season and/or Pub of the Year certificate to, all done democratically and as fairly as we can.
Other topics include beer festivals, pub preservation and local pub news, which is the main source of content for the news pages of our quarterly branch magazine, Real Ale Talk.

All 7pm unless otherwise stated:-

  • Branch social, Mirfield centre Thursday 25 April 2024 19:00 Flowerpot

    Social starting at the Flowerpot, Mirfield, then via The Navigation to Knowl Club (open to all)

  • Pub of the Season (Winter 2023) Presentation Tuesday 30 April 2024 19:30 West End

    Presentation of the Pub of the Season award at the West End, Gomersal.
    This pub has been run by the same family for many years and has consistently provided a selection of well-kept ales in the atmosphere of a proper, friendly traditional community pub.

  • Club of the Season (Spring 2024) presentation Thursday 2 May 2024 19:30 Mirfield Parish Church Cricket Club

    Presentation of the Club of the Season award to a fine club where the the beer is well kept and is usually from Black Sheep, Bradfield or Taylor's.
    The club is next to the Old Colonial, accessed on foot from the main road and has some car parking on the road around the corner from there. Bus services 202 and 205 serve the location.

  • Club of the Year runner-up presentation Tuesday 7 May 2024 19:30 Cleckheaton Sports Club

    Presentation of the runner-up award for branch Club of the Year 2024.
    The club welcomes all and has a homely atmosphere and comfy seating, with usually four well-kept fine cask ales on.
    Beer range varies but usually has Taylor's Golden Best, Ossett Yorkshire Blonde and Wainwright, with varied guests including Taylor's Landlord often appearing.
    Ample parking space and the 268 bus passes by.

  • May Branch Meeting Wednesday 8 May 2024 19:00 Hanging Heaton Cricket Club

    Our May monthly branch meeting.

  • Birkenshaw social Thursday 23 May 2024 19:00 George

    Starting 7pm at the George (up to 4 ales), roughly 8pm Halfway House (up to 6 ales), 9pm Golden Fleece (up to 4 ales).
    The 283A bus leaves Dewsbury at 18:45, through Birstall at 19:12 to arrive in Birkenshaw around 19:30 at a bus stop opposite the George. The 255 bus leaves Cleckheaton at 18:17 and 19:17, arriving in Birkenshaw around 13 minutes later. Around 8 minutes’ walk takes you to the Halfway House, then another 2 minutes to the Golden Fleece.
    From there, a 5 minute walk towards Leeds takes you to Birkenshaw Lane, where to the right you find the bus stop for the return 283A to Birstall-Batley-Dewsbury, leaving roughly on the hour up to 23:00. The return bus to Cleckheaton is the 254 at 22:21 and 23:21.

  • June Branch Meeting Wednesday 12 June 2024 19:00 Rose & Crown

    Includes voting for Pub of the Season for Summer and nominations for Club of the Season.
    All clubs are eligible for nomination apart from those in the current Good Beer Guide.
    Please give us your nominations either at the meeting or by email.

  • Trip to Halifax Saturday 15 June 2024 12:00 West Riding Refreshment Rooms

    Starting at the West Riding ready to catch a rail replacement bus at 12:56, due to arrive in Halifax at 13:41
    We will visit a selection of the fine pubs in Halifax, starting with Ossett's excellent Three Pigeons and taking in the Victorian Craft Beer Cafe (current branch Pub of the Year), then returning when we feel like it.
    An off-peak day return costs £8.50, £4.25 for bus pass holders.

  • Branch Social, Batley Thursday 27 June 2024 19:00 Union Rooms

    Social starting at the Union Rooms from around 7pm, Cellar Bar from from 7:50pm, then optionally at 8:50pm by rail replacement bus to the West Riding, Dewsbury.
    Fare £3.10 single (£2 for railcard holders, £1.55 for bus pass holders). Optionally ending the evening at the Shepherd's Boy.