Save Our Pubs – Mass Lobby Day


Are you free on Tuesday 30th October?

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On 30th October hundreds of CAMRA members will descend on Parliament to lobby their MPs in a national day of action.

We will be asking MPs to commit to the following CAMRA campaigns:

– Axeing plans to increase beer duty in the upcoming Autumn Budget. 

– A permanent business rate relief for pubs in the upcoming Autumn Budget.

– An urgent review of the Pubs Code so that the Market Rent Only option becomes a genuine choice for tenants. 

Interested in taking part? Click here to download our FAQs document on the timings of the day, being a delegate and claiming travel expenses..

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Bolton microbars burgled on same night

The Nook and Cranny in Bromley Cross and Bunburys on Chorley Old Road in Bolton were targetted by the same burglars on the same night (14th September). Despite the obvious distress and devastation, both bars to their credit managed to re-open the following day. Although you can’t tell from the photograph, one of the burglars was…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News


Once again, the Stockport and South Manchester Branch of CAMRA is
organising Stockport Beer Week which will run on the same dates as Cask
Marque’s National Cask Ale Week (20th -30th September). Around 20
events are planned including an ale trail, brewery tours, meet the brewer
evenings, a quiz and local band performances.
Working with Stockport Council, BID delivery company Totally Stockport
and community organisations, the idea is to promote the revitalisation of
the town centre. The Beer Week is designed to encourage people to go to
the pubs and bars, sample different beers and learn more about this
important part of life in the town.
But perhaps you have a partner, friend or colleague that doesn’t drink
beer? Maybe they would like to be introduced to beer, but don’t know
where to start? Daisy Turnell, Marketing Manager of the Head of Steam
pub chain, will host a free tasting of beers from the North East
and is encouraging people to bring a non-beer drinker along.
Or do you fancy trying your hand at brewing? Our Beer Week Charity,
Stockport CP, will be holding a raffle during the Beer Week and the star
prize will be to be a brewer for the day thanks to Stockport Brewing Co.
Tickets will be available at various venues and events in the town or direct
from the charity.
Robinsons will be offering “Two for One” deals on Brewery Tours booked in
advance and are again sponsoring the Ale Trail. This year the trail features
some new venues such as the Wellington, Nelson, and Navigation as well
as some old favourites. The prize for completing the course is once again
a T-shirt.
The Light Cinema will be screening the 1987 black comedy “Withnail and
I” where things all go wrong after a visit to a pub. Why not enjoy this
classic film whilst quaffing a beer and picking up you ale trail sticker?
New this year are cellar tours of the Arden Arms and Queens Head in
addition to those at the Boars Head and Bakers Vaults. If you’ve never
been in a pub cellar before, now’s your chance and they are all different;
the Arden’s cellar was once a mortuary whilst the double level Bakers’
cellar has secret passages and an Victorian gin store.
Richard from Thirst Class Ales will be brewing a special Beer Week beer
which should be widely available round the town on draught and in bottle,
whilst Torrside Brewery will be launching a new barrel-aged beer and a
collaboration beer at their evening in the Petersgate Tap.
Fool Hardy Ales, at the Hope Inn on the Wellington Road “Slope of Beer”
will also launch a new beer and run brewery tours. Stockport’s newest
Market Place bar, Project 53, run by the Mobberley Brewhouse, will also
hold a Meet the Brewer evening. Here you can learn about their beers as
well as the pleasures and difficulties of opening a new bar.
Why not join in the CAMRA events with like-minded beer aficionados?
Come along to the Pub of the Month at the Bakers Vaults. Or join a
“stagger” round the pubs of Heaton Norris East which will end up at the
Magnet. Then there is a tour of pubs and bars in Romiley, Marple and
Offerton, using the 384 service bus as transport.
Cider and perry is not forgotten either, with a tasting and meet the
producers’ event at the regional CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year, the
Petersgate Tap; it was a sell out last year, so get your tickets quickly by
contacting the venue.
Meanwhile, the Stockport County Supporters Collective are involved in
running the fiendish Stockport quiz at the Spinning Top. Expect a great
collection of ales from the people at Poynton Brewery who will be there as
well as ciders galore. A festival of local bands will finish the Week off at
this excellent music bar.
Beer Week Coordinator Chris Walkden said “Stockport punches well above
its weight when it comes to interesting pubs, breweries and the sheer
number and variety of beers available. The Beer Week already attracts
visitors from across Greater Manchester, as well as from Yorkshire,
Cheshire and Derbyshire and last year we also welcomed visitors from
places further afield such as Norfolk and South Wales. Most events are
free and this is an ideal opportunity to bring the beery highlights of the
town to a wider audience. Stockport is lucky to have such a range of pubs
and breweries which we can all enjoy; we need to support them and help
keep it that way”.
Full details and updates can be found on the local CAMRA website and social media.

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. 

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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