Obituary – Mike Kerr

The branch has recently been informed of the sad loss of one of its long-standing members, Mike Kerr, who lost his fight with cancer on Wednesday the 18th July. 

Mike Kerr

Mike was most active with the branch during the branch’s early 2000s renaissance under the chairmanship of Neil Worthington and Beverley Gobbett but continued to keep in touch right up to this year.

Some may remember him best turning up at St Clements Church with the volunteers food in his wonderful old green sports car.  It didn’t have much of a boot so he would have a box fastened in on the passenger seat.

Before his health began to deteriorate, he was a very active in surveying pubs, keeping the branch up to date with news of pubs at the southern end of our area, and generally banging the drum for good ale in good pubs.

Mike was one for doing things by the rule book, especially when we’d written the rule book ourselves. Many a meeting was put back on track by Mike reminding the meeting that the branch had responsibilities to CAMRA nationally.

Former branch member Dominic Driscoll, now brewer at Thornbridge Brewery remembered Mike thus: “Awkward sod that stuck to his guns but very much a believer in the cause. He was a kind man though, I liked him a lot. Always had time for me, even though I was the young whippersnapper.”

Mike is pictured in 2007 with Jackie Bardsley at the Quarry Bank in Timperley. The branch were invited to have a membership stand at the pubs own beer festival so that we could introduce ourselves to the local residents and Mike stepped up to a weekend in the pub.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Liz and their family.


Source: Trafford & Hulme

Chorlton Challenge 2018

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th November 2018

The Chorlton Challenge is the annual survey of Chorlton’s 25 pubs and bars which serve cask ale.

Spread over two days, the challenge is to visit all 25 pubs but if you can’t make the full weekend just drop in when you feel you can to support your local pubs. If you know the area then it may be a chance to visit pubs you don’t regularly go to.

The below itinerary is based on the 2017 challenge. The final itinerary for 2018 will be published here by 9th Nove,ber.

All times approximate. If need to check where we are up to, call 07802 555163 or 07879 880972

Click here for map of pub locations

Friday 23rd November

1 Bowling Green 7.00pm
2 Horse & Jockey 7.30pm
3 Beech Inn 8.00 pm
4 Trevor Arms 8.30pm
5 Parlour 8.50pm
6 Lead Station 9.15pm
7 Spoon Inn 10.00pm
8 Man Bites Frog 10.30pm
9 Strange Brew 11.00pm

Saturday 24th. November 

1 Lloyds 12midday
2 Spread Eagle12.30pm
3 Cask & Kiln 1.00pm
4 Duffy’s 1.40pm
5 Morley Cheeks 2pm
6 Sedge Lynn 2.30pm
7 Beagle 3.15pm
8 Royal Oak 3.45pm
9 Dulcimer 4.15pm
10 Electrik 4.45pm
11 Chorlton Tap 5.15pm
12 South West Manchester Cricket Club 6.45pm
13 Font 8.30pm
14 Mary & Archie 9.15pm
15 Pi 10.00pm
16 The Beer House 10.30pm

A PDF Scoring sheet listing all the pubs and times will be published here before the Challenge starts.


Source: Trafford & Hulme

New lease of life for Preston pub

The Hearts of Oak pub on Adelphi Street in Preston, in the shadow of the university, has been given a new lease of life. It’s been re-branded as the Vinyl Tap, which becomes a cafe bar and record store. It will have an independent cask ale offering six cask ale pumps and one craft beer…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

GIbberish brewpub reduces opening hours

Gibberish brewpub on Caryl Street in Liverpool announced, via twitter, that it will be closing as a regular bar and devoting itself only to monthly beer events. Expect 12 new beers each month for a Thursday-Sunday mini fest, starting 27-30 September. The boutique brewpub was opened in December 2017 by Gaz Matthews, co-founder of Mad Hatter…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

Work commences on Beatnikz Republic bar

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Beatnikz Republic brewery announced that work has commenced on their bar based on Tariff Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. [more] On the same street, Leeds-based Northern Monk brewery are also opening a bar in a premise that used to house the popular Kosmonaut bar. [more]
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

Bar plans for busy Wigan streets

Several businesses are seeking approval to serve alcohol to punters in busy town centre zones across the borough. On the council’s current list of pending licensing applications, there are five applications for “new premises licences” three of which fall into areas covered by the “cumulative impact policy”. [more]
Source: Wigan CAMRA News