There are many ways of campaigning both locally and during any National Campaigns for real ale - which is basically why we all joined CAMRA anyway! Apart from protesting (as this Branch did when the Oldham Brewery was closed down), walking into a pub and asking for a pint of real ale - if they haven't got any ask why not and suggest some locally brewed beers by Local Breweries. There are many things that can be done without even stepping out of your house. If your local pub is under threat of closure you can campaign to Save your local. Even before it gets that far you can call for a Fair deal for your local
Assets of Community Value
The Shaw and Crompton Parish Council has established a working group chaired by local Parish Councillor and ROB CAMRA member Richard Outram to identify pubs in the Shaw and Crompton area that could be nominated to Oldham Council for listing as Assets of Community Value. The working group is keen to engage with CAMRA members living in the parish as their knowledge and enthusiasm would be invaluable. If any members are interested in becoming involved please could they contact Richard by telephone on 07583 097793 or by email to moc.liamg@53martuodrahcir
Lobby your MP
Any member can write to their MP about various issues (plans to convert a pub for instance). Your MP may well be a member of All Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) or AllParliamentartyGroup Save the Pub. This group can be quite influential and can help us ensure that such things as planning laws are changed so that no pub can be demolished or suffer a change of use, without going through due planning processes.
If you don't know who your MP is check Find your MP and you can write to them at the House of Commons. Here is a suggested guide on how to Lobby your MP. In addition, MPs have the Parliamentary right to propose Early day motions (EDMs) that can be very persuavive and gain cross party support. Once an EDM is lodged, if it is sympathetic with CAMRA's cause, you may be asked to contact your MP to get them to support any particular EDM
The APPBG have just announced a new award scheme through which MPs who are members of the Group can make awards to outstanding pubs in their areas. This is a fantastic scheme and it's just getting off the ground, so CAMRA is asking every branch and member to help make this a success by contacting their local MPs and inviting them to take part and make an award. The award can be for serving great beer, giving great service to the community or just being a good all-round pub - the criteria are left up to individual MPs but I'm sure you can make some useful suggestions to them.
If your MP is interested in making an award they should contact Robert Humphreys, secretary to the Beer Group at moc.tcennoctb@puorgreebylrap, who will send them professionally printed certificates to present to the winning pubs. If your MP responds saying that they're not a member of the Beer Group, they only need to contact Robert who can sign them up as a member then they can take part.
Lobby your Councillor
You can write or speak to your local councillor about various issues and below are examples that could have been asked of any candidate to recent local elections. They are still "in date":
1. Have you heard of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, and what is your understanding of what CAMRA does?
2. Are you aware of what, if any, policies to protect pubs and other valued community amenities your local council has in place?
3. Do you support the extension of pub protection policies in your area?
4. What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing community pubs in your area?
5. Do you support the extension of planning protection for pubs threatened with demolition or change of use into betting shops or supermarket chain stores?
6. Do you support greater use of the provisions of the Sustainable Communities Act to empower local people? How would you encourage wider awareness and use of this Act?
7. Do you agree that well-run community pubs are part of the solution to alcohol misuse rather than the problem, and this should be reflected in local licensing policies? With that in mind, would you support measures to ensure that well-run community pubs in the area are exempt from the proposed new late night levy on licensed premises?
8. If you are elected, will you consider holding meetings and surgeries in a local pub?
9. Do you support the provision of locally-produced food and drink, including locally-brewed real ale at local council functions?
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