CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) in the Erewash Valley
started in 1996, when a small group of like-minded real ale
enthusiasts met at the Good Beer Guide listed pub The Dewdrop in
Ilkeston. Their aim was to form the Erewash Valley branch of
CAMRA in a real ale area that was largely neglected by the
neighbouring branches of Nottingham and Derby.
We began life as a Nottingham sub-branch until May 2000 when we
branched out independently, growing from strength to strength
until we can now boast a branch membership of over 900 members,
a steady rise year on year.
Now - I can hear a number of you asking "Where is the Erewash
Valley?" - well, if you are a canal enthusiast you would
probably know but for those of you who are not, then the easiest
explanation would be that the area covered by our branch is
approx. 11 miles from North to South and 4 miles from East to
West lying along the valley of the Erewash Canal. This is
between Nottingham and Derby in the County of Derbyshire with
the M1 running up the middle of it and includes Long Eaton,
Ilkeston and Heanor.
Further details of all our branch meetings and social events can
be found on the MEETINGS "N" SOCIALS page of this website.
Click on relevant
logo above for branch pubs participating in the LocAle and
Click on logo to go to What Pub site. To list all real ale pubs
in the branch area please type Erewash Valley (CAMRA) in the
Latest update 28/1/15. Pages
updated - Home - LocAle - Pub News.
Volunteers are needed
to staff the National Winter Ales festival to be held at the
Roundhouse Derby on Wednesday 11th February - Saturday 14th
February and in particular Wednesday, Thursday and every
evening. Follow this link to go to the NWAF volunteers page
The nominations for
winter pub of the season are Dewdrop, Ilkeston - Marlpool Ale
House, Marlpool - Butchers Arms, Langley and Queens Head,
Marlpool. Anyone wishing to vote must visit all 4 pubs prior to
the branch meeting at the Queens Head, Marlpool on Wednesday 4th
February where a vote will be taken. Meeting starts at 8.00pm.
MINI BUS SURVEY
On Saturday 18th
October the branch organised a survey trip by mini bus to the
Stanton by Dale area. Pitured above are 2 of the pubs visited.
The Black Horse, Mapperley village and the Carpenters Arms, Dale
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL -
On Saturday 18th
October the branch organised a visit to Dancing Duck Brewery in
Derby. After a most enjoyable and informative visit we moved on
to the Dancing Ducks New Zealand Arms for food and refreshments.
We then went on to the recently opened micro pub The Last Post.
SUMMER PUB OF THE
September saw the presentation of the "Summer Pub of the Season"
to the Spanish Bar, Picture shows Hannah accepting the award
from branch chairman Kevin Thompson.
On Saturday 30th August the
branch held a well attended social to the Sneinton area of
Nottingham. Pictures above are at The Old Angel, Stoney Street.
SOCIAL TO DERBY
April saw a well supported branch social to Derby. Pictures
above are from Furnace Inn and inside the Peacock.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF PUB LANDLORDS AND
MANAGERS IN THE EREWASH VALLEY CAMRA BRANCH AREA. To update our
contact database it would be appreciated if you could email:
a current contact email address for your premises. Thanks in
What is Beer Surveying? What is involved? How do Pubs get into
the Good Beer Guide? How do I vote and rate by Ales? The
following two articles will give you more details n both these
Beer Surveying information /
CAMRA Branch Awards
submit your Beer scores using the
National Beer Scoring
Website or by emailing with your Name, CAMRA Membership
Number, Pub Name, Name of drink and score to