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Erewash Valley CAMRA
Welcome to the web-site of Erewash Valley CAMRA. Inaugurated in March 2000, having lived in the shadow of Nottingham CAMRA as a sub-branch for many years, we are going from strength to strength. Branch membership is up to 190, our first Beer Festival in November 2000 was a great success and we regularly get 10% of the branch turning up to our monthly meetings – things are going well.
But that doesn’t mean that we should be complacent. Our regional breweries are still under threat of closure – Mansfield has seen better days, and the Lord only knows what’s going to finally happen to Bass. Non-brewing pub-chains are expanding, and cheap discount-beer pubs are springing up all over the place. CAMRA still needs active members, they still need help with campaigning and they still need you.
A Bit About Us
Time for a bit of a confession… we are not primarily a campaigning branch of CAMRA. Shocking, I know, but we’re nestled between the two huge branches of Nottingham and Derby – we came into existence through neither Derby nor Nottingham being bothered to cover the areas that we do, and grew as a social branch. We go out a lot, meet a lot, socialise a lot and try to cover a lot of pubs in several different towns.
Of course, we support CAMRA as much as any other branch, but our time and effort seems better spent just getting CAMRA noticed – we meet in different pubs each month, have a Beer Festival with a local council each year and do a quarterly newsletter to lots of local pubs. We get seen to be active by our entire area and that, as far as we are concerned, is more important. It does have the side effect that we have to go out a lot, but that’s just a cross that we have to bear!
Contacting the Branch
There are many ways to contact the branch. Here is a fairly-definitive list:
Come to one of our many branch meetings – check the Social link for more details
Send an email to any of the committee – check the Committee link for more details
Give the Chairman, John Parkes, a ring on (0115) 849-1354
Send a fax to the Editor, Andrew Kane, on (0115) 877-8097
Send a general email to the branch