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 720 members,
a steady rise year on year of around 25%.
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.
Tuesday 21st May. White Lion, Sawley.
Provisional beer list for beer festival to be held this weekend.
on the Mild trail held on Monday 6th May
BRANCH PUB OF THE YEAR PRESENTATION
The Dewdrop Inn
Ilkeston was presented with the Erewash Valley Branch Pub of the
Year award on Wednesday 24th April. Pictured above is branch
chairman Kevin Thompson presenting the award to Lynne, Jack and
2013 Beer Surveying
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
Branch Young Members Contact
We have decided we urgently require an Branch Young Members
Contact (BYMC), the often held belief is that we are an
organisation for over 50's, which is far from the truth. If you
are interested in helping us, get more people in the 18 to 30
age group involved in the working of are Branch, then we would
like to hear from you. Please contact the Secretary if you
require any further information.
Job Description of BYMC