Independent’s Day Treasure Hunt 2017 hosted by Salford Branch

CAMRA Independents’ Day Treasure Hunt 2017


event has now been confirmed for Saturday 8th July and will begin at the New Oxford. Arrive 11am for Registration and 11.30am Departure.

It is a day of three stages:

1) Meet in the Host Pub (This year it is the New Oxford, Bexley Square, Salford, from 11a.m. onwards on Saturday 8th July where you register your team (£1 per person) then solve a not-too-difficult puzzle and collect your entry sheet, this gives you the names of eight pubs in inner Salford and Manchester – all within walking distance, though there are some free buses.

2)Most of the day is spent browsing the pubs, looking for the answers to 24 cryptic clues (3 per pub) and sampling the occasional Real Ale.

Please also take time to Eat at one of the many fine food establishments along the route or bring your own packed lunch.

3) Return to the Host Pub NO LATER THAN 6PM where question papers are handed in, checked and scored. The winners will receive a cash prize or sometimes beer tokens.

It is the duty (and privilege) of the winning team to engrave their name on the next available badge, to be the custodians of the trophy for one year – usually displaying it in a pub of their choice – and to return it at the start of the following year’s competition.

They also have the dubious honour of setting next year’s competition!

Although Independents’ Day is under the aegis of CAMRA, you do not have to be a CAMRA member to take part, though of course we would be delighted if you decide to join us.

Bolton CAMRA 2017 Mild Trail – Saturday 20 May

Bolton branch annual mild trail will start in Bolton this year at Great Ale in the market meeting at 12.30pm. Moving on we catch the 125 bus from the bus station* to Bunburys, Chorley Old Road, arriving at approximately 1.30pm. The trip will continue on the bus to Horwich where we will visit the following pubs (timings are approximate)


Bank Top Ale House, Church Street Horwich                         3.00pm

Horwich Conservative Club, 123 Church Street, Horwich (TBC)

Blackedge Brewery Bar, Hampson Street, Horwich

The Crown, 1 Chorley New Road, Horwich

Our Mild Trail is always a good day out and a great opportunity to catch up with branch members. If you need more information email or if you can’t make the start and want to catch up with us, please call Gill on 07967585670


*The System One Any Bus Day Saver costs £5.20 (at the time of posting) and can be bought on the bus. This ticket covers all buses in Bolton (and the Greater Manchester travel area).

Source: Bolton CAMRA Events & News

Cider Pub of the Year 2017 – Presentation Evening

The Sip Club in Stretford recently celebrated their third birthday with a party night at the Barton Road bar. Trafford & Hulme branch took the opportunity to present them with the Certificates for their Cider Pub Of The Year award along with those for being runner Up in LocAle Pub Of The Year and Community Pub Of The Year. Pictured is assistant manager Krista with branch chair John O’Donnell.Sip Club Cider POTY17 3

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Branch Social – 22 April

Branch Social: Bolton wander

22 April 2017


As a branch we don’t go around Bolton town centre very often but we are going to correct this in our monthly branch social for April. We will meet at Great Ale at the market at 1.30pm on Saturday 22 April. After a beer or two we can move on to some of the other pubs around the centre of Bolton.

We can choose from the following:

Hen & Chickens, 143 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1EX

Barristers bar, 2-4 Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1HJ

Olde Man & Scythe, 6-8 Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1HL

Old Three Crowns, 14 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1BR

Hogarths, 37-41, Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1HU

Spinning Mule, Unit 2 Nelson Square, Bolton, BL1 1JT

Alma Inn, 152 – 154 Bradshawgate, Bolton, BL2 1BA

Ending up at Great Ale at the Vaults.

Can’t meet us at the beginning? Never mind call Gill to find out where we are. No booking required just turn up on the day


Gill Smart

Social Secretary


Source: Bolton CAMRA Events & News

The return of Charles Dickens

Alan and Tracy Branagan have left Docherty’s pub in Swinley which has now been taken over by Ian Williams, former landlord of the nearby Griffin Hotel. Ian’s first action was to revert to the original name of the pub – the Charles Dickens, arguably England’s most famous novelist. In so doing, the pub has had…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News