Chairman: Ian Turner
Ian took over as Chairman in 2018. A CAMRA member since 1994, Ian has previously held the posts of Secretary, Social Secretary, Chairman and Web Master; a position he has retained since the post was created.
With such a passion for Real Ale, it is not surprising that Ian has a miniature brewery in his garage producing a wide range of beers.
email: email the Chairman
tel: 07795 952374
Secretary: Alan Purchase
Alan recently returned to the UK having worked in New Zealand for many years. He followed the brewing industry, there, as they started producing strong IPAs using their own, native, hops. He now chases down strong, hoppy, beers in the U.K. and holidays seem to feature breweries and IPAs.
email: email the Branch Secretary
tel: 07455 425544
Treasurer: Chris Harris
Our treasuere since 2012, Chris makes sure we don’t spend too much and ensures our profits are sent to HQ to fund campaining.
Since retiring a few years ago, Chris, and wife Lucy, spend much of their time travelling in their motor home and visiting Spain. Luckily, all our banking is now on-line so Chris isn’t having to write cheques as used to be the case.
email: email the Treasurer
Social Secretary: Mike Gurd
Unarguably the most important of our team, Mike is responsible for arranging all of our social activities. Campaining visits to our local pubs, both urban (city saunters) and rural (minibus trips), comprise the bulk of our activities but Mike also tries to find some trips further afield; all of which are very popular.
Mike returned to Salisbury having lived in London for several years. He had been an active volunteer with his previous branches, often as membership secretary.
email: email the Social Secretary
tel: 077794 702454
Pubs Officer: Sue Turner
Our pubs play a cricial role in CAMRA, without them, Real Ale would have no outlet. Monitoring which of them may have closed, may have reopened or just those who teeter on the edge falls to the Pubs Officer. A thankless task, poor Sue can be found trawling social media for news. As it happens, Sue is rather an expert as she runs her own social media pages that concentrate on events in and around Salisbury; many of which are pub-related.
email: email the Pubs Officer
Webmaster: Ian Turner
Ian created the banch’s first web pages in 1999, originally just a few web pages with some contact details and a diary. The site was transformed in 2009 with the introduction of dynamic content and a modern content management system. In 2019 the site moved to WordPress with the long task of moving the old content.
email: email the Web Master
tel: 07795 952374
Press & Publicity: Will Bennett
An old ‘hack’ himself, Will uses his vast experience in the press industry to increase our exposure through the local press, TV and radio.
Festival Organiser: Position Vacant
Organising Beerex and Winterfest, our two local CAMRA festivals, is hard work but seeing the results and hearing the tremendous feedback we receive makes it all worthwhile.
email: email the Festival Organiser
GBG Co-ordinator: Andrew Hesketh
Now looking after NBSS and GBG nominations, Andrew had been Branch Secretary from 2013 to 2019 and prior to that he held the role of Treasurer for several years. Andrew was an active member of Salisbury Round Table and Chaired the Beerex Committee several times. Although Round Table ran the event as a fund raiser, Andrew aquired a love of Real Ale and joined CAMRA in 1991.
Andrew can often be seen around the city walking his dog. We suspect this is a form of training just in case Andrew were to lose his sight as the dog knows his way to every Real Ale outlet in the city!
email: email the GBG Co-ordinator
tel: 07867 504225
LocAle Officer: Derek Blackshaw
LocAle is an initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally brewed real ale in order to reduce the number of ‘beer miles’ from brewery to pub cellar. It is based on growing consumer demand for quality local produce and increasing awareness of environmental issues.
Launched in 2007, CAMRA branches around the country will award accreditation to pubs that regularly stock at least one real ale. The pub can then advertise their support by posting the window sticker in their pubs.
Derek, a past chairman of the branch, still plays a very active role looking after LocAle and championing our commitment to obtaining ACVs for many of our pubs.
email: email the LocAle Officer
Cider Champion: Position Vacant
Whilst we do concentrate on Real Ale, ciders and perrys are also important to CAMRA.