Pub of the Season & Year voting

General Rules for Nominations, Voting & Awards

This page details the approach of our branch to nominations, and voting for all Pub of the Season and Year awards.

A PDF version of the full process can be downloaded here

You can see which pubs have won previous award by visiting the Pub of the Season & Year page

Nominations

Nominations must be based on a range of criteria which you can find here

To make a nomination a member must have visited the venue in the previous three months (Pub of the Season) or twelve months (Pub/Rural Pub/Club/Cider Pub of the Year).

Members can make nominations either;
• in person at the relevant branch meeting
• via the East Dorset CAMRA branch website
• via email to branch chairman

To make a nomination online or via email a member must include their name, CAMRA membership number and the reason for the nomination based on the specified criteria. Any nomination that does not include these three factors will be invalid. Members making nominations in person at the meeting must state the reason for their nomination, based on the above criteria.

All online and e-mailed nominations will be verified to ensure they are from active members prior to the relevant meeting.

CAMRA recommends shortlisting if there are more than 4 or 5 venues nominated for each election and East Dorset members have voted to shortlist 4 venues for each election, if required.

Shortlisting will be voted on by those attending the relevant branch meeting. Shortlisting will be based on the same criteria as nominations.

Voting

Members can vote
• in person at the relevant branch meeting
• via the East Dorset CAMRA branch website
• via email to the branch chairman

Members have one vote per election. To be valid votes must include the name and CAMRA membership number of the person making the vote. The branch chairman confirms that online and e-mailed votes are from active members prior to the relevant meeting.

To vote the member must have visited the venue concerned in the previous three months (Pub of the Season) or twelve months (Pub/Rural Pub/Club/Cider Pub of the Year).

At the election votes are taken by a show of hands at the respective meeting and any online and email votes are added to these. The venue with the most votes wins the award.

In the event of a tie in a Pub of the Season election then the tied venues will be joint winners. In the event of a tie in any of the annual awards a second vote between the tied venues will take place at the relevant meeting to determine an overall winner.

Pub Of The Season (POTS)

Nominations for each POTS award are to be made at the following branch meetings:
• Spring POTS: February meeting
• Summer POTS: May meeting
• Autumn POTS: August meeting
• Winter POTS: November meeting

Voting for each POTS award takes place at the following branch meetings:
• Spring POTS: March meeting
• Summer POTS: June meeting
• Autumn POTS: September meeting
• Winter POTS: December meeting

The nominees for the POTY award are the winners of the POTS awards during the preceding year

Pub of the Year (POTY)

Voting for the POTY award takes place at the branch AGM.

Any member wishing to cast a vote must have visited all of the candidate pubs within the preceding twelve months.

Rural Pub Of The Year (RPOTY)

To be eligible for the RPOTY award, a venue must be located within the East Dorset branch area boundary but outside the political boundary of the new council known as the City Region of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

In effect the urban area is postcodes BH1 to BH15, BH 17, BH18 and BH23 as well as part of BH16. The rural area is postcodes BH19, BH20, BH21, BH22 and DT11 together with part of BH16.

Nominations for the RPOTY award are to be made at the December branch meeting. Voting for the RPOTY award takes place at the branch AGM.

Cider Pub Of The Year (CPOTY)

Nominations for the CPOTY award are to be made at the December branch meeting. Members must have drunk cider at the venue they are nominating and/or voting for.

Voting for the CPOTY award takes place at the branch AGM.

Club Of The Year (COTY)

To be eligible for the COTY award, a club must be freely accessible to CAMRA members during the normal day to day operation of the club upon presentation of their membership card at the very least.

Nominations for the COTY award are to be made at the December branch meeting.

Voting for the COTY award takes place at the branch AGM.

Branch representation for Regional POTY

The branch can nominate one venue for representation in the Regional POTY awards.

The nominee for representation will be the winner of the branch POTY award.

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