Welcome to the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Branch of CAMRA
The Branch covers the Metropolitan areas of Rochdale, Oldham and Bury, and is one of 8 within the CAMRA Greater Manchester Region covering the Greater Manchester area. As a Branch we tend to use Rochdale as the administrative centre of the Branch, as it is reasonably easy to get to by public transport from most of the areas across the Branch. This is why all of our Branch meetings are currently held in The Baum, Rochdale.
For getting around the Branch go to Transport for Greater Manchester.
Follow this link for more details About the Branch
Are you a ROB Camra member?
You can sign in to the Members Area using your CAMRA membership number (less any 0's at the front) and your postcode as the password, no spaces. This site is case sensitive!
This page is for ROB Camra members only and will provide various links for the ROB Camra Branch use.
Please visit the members area to
- Read the latest edition of CAMRA Calling
- View branch membership details
Nominating entries for the Good Beer Guide 2018 and voting for Pub Of The Year 2017
The branch has reviewed how it selects pubs for the Good Beer Guide and Pub Of The Year.
Please take some time to read the procedures below
Voting forms and full procedures can be found in the Members Area
This paper sets out the new rules for voting for both Good Beer Guide and Pub of the Year for Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Branch as passed by the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 13th September 2015.
• Only ROB members can vote for the branch’s GBG pubs. Ballot papers shall be issued for this purpose. Proof of membership may be required
• There will be a postal /email vote of the previous year’s GBG pubs sent to all ROB members
• Any pub with a net vote (positive minus negative) of 20 or over will automatically be in the next year’s GBG (subject to passing the survey) and bullet 8 below.
• Any previous year’s pub with a net positive vote that receives less than 20 votes will be discussed at the GBG meeting, but the total positive votes must be taken into account in the final decision
• Members will be asked to propose new entries. i.e. pubs not in the previous year’s GBG before the meeting. These will also be discussed at the GBG meeting
• The committee will review WhatPub beer scores. If a pub scores an average of 4 or more and is not already on the GBG meeting list the committee has the right to add the pub to the list as a new proposal.
• All new proposals and previous year’s pubs to be discussed at the GBG meeting will be published in CAMRA Calling and on the ROB website for a month (approx) before the GBG meeting.
• Each area will only have 10 GBG allocated entries. Once pubs have been decided for all 3 areas the GBG meeting will then decide on the remaining 5 pubs on merit.
• 4 reserves will also be decided by the meeting on merit irrespective of area.
• If the GBG meeting decides that an area does not have sufficient pubs of the required quality it can propose to the committee that the area’s allocation is cut for the GBG in question. This cut has to be ratified by the committee whose decision is final.
• At a period of not more than 5 years all pubs will have to be nominated. The allocation rules above will remain. In the meantime the committee will review the operation of the new rules and report back. Changes will be agreed by the branch and will not need an EGM.
• If CAMRA alter ROB’s allocation the committee can propose an alteration to an area’s allocations to a branch meeting. The alteration will not require an EGM.
• No proxy vote will be allowed unless agreed in advance by the committee. The sole reason for such a proxy vote will be attending another CAMRA Meeting which has been given priority by the committee
You will need to be an ROB Camra member to vote for POTY 2017 and to nominate entries for the GBG 2018
Assets of Community Value
The following information is taken from the National Camra Website http://www.camra.org.uk/nominating-as-a-camra-branch
Information for CAMRA Branches
CAMRA is working with branches across the country to protect valued local pubs by listing them as Assets of Community Value.
Want to list your pub as an Asset of Community Value?
•There are two ways to nominate your pub as an ACV. Either download our Online Nomination Form (see link above to National Camra website) and fill out the details with information on your local pub.
•Fill out the local council form yourselves and CAMRA's Support Team will provide you with the land registry documents needed to submit the application. Simply email ku.gro.armac@vca
Why is listing an ACV so important for the Branch?
•Have more of a say over what happens to pubs in your local community. You will be consulted if any pub you have nominated is threatened
•Nominating your pub removes the permitted development rights which ensures the pub is protected in planning law should it come under threat
•Connect with other local groups, members of the community, MPs and Councillors to campaign to protect your local pub
•Engage positively with licensees
Want to learn more?
Attend one of our workshops this year on ACVs. We will be discussing how to access CAMRA's Support Service, how to list your local and hear from other Branches leading the way with ACV nominations. We have already hosted workshops in Bristol and Manchester. The upcoming workshops are:
Leeds: The Grove, Saturday 12th December 2pm-4pm.
St Albans: Saturday 5th March 2015 12pm-2pm.
Please email ku.gro.armac@vca to reserve your place.
Good Beer Guide 2017
The latest edition of the Good Beer Guide is now available and can be purchased at branch meetings at a discounted rate.
CAMRA nationally has also released the Good Beer Guide 2017 in popular ePub and Kindle formats plus Sat Nav versions
You can also purchase the latest GBG here Good Beer Guide 2017.
Get your pub on the Map!
The Branch Membership Secretary welcomes new members to the branch when they join CAMRA, but we only write to branch members who have not supplied a current e mail address. Our preferred method of communication is by e mail. Written mailouts happen infrequently, due to the costs and time involved.
If you have an e mail address and would like to be updated on a regular basis, please contact the Branch Membership Secretary
Branch members that supply an email address receive a monthly newsletter "Camra Calling" with up to the minute news from the branch, as well as reminders about meetings and socials.
You can also read "Camra Calling" by signing in to the Members Area using your CAMRA membership number (less any 0's at the front) and your postcode as the password, no spaces. This site is case sensitive!
If you used to receive e mails and have stopped receiving them, is it because you have changed your e mail address and not told us? Again, please contact Branch Membership Secretary.
In addition any Branch member can sign up to our ROB CAMRA Yahoo Group. We use this group to communicate information and updates on events taking place in the branch area to the members and it really is a useful tool.