About the Branch
The Branch covers the Metropolitan Boroughs of Rochdale, Oldham and Bury and here is a map of the ROB Branch Boundary
It is one of 8 CAMRA Branches within Greater Manchester Region.
History of the Branch
The inaugural meeting of the branch was held on 25th March 1975 at the Kings in Heywood. This followed a "test" meeting in February 1975 to see if there was likely to be any support for the formation of the Branch. Obviously, there was!
Attendees at these two meetings included present day regulars Ken Holt, Bernie Jackson and Graham Chinn. First chairman was the late Bill Calvert. Other chairmen have included Ken Holt, Bernie Jackson, Graham Chinn, Graham Mason, John Lewis and currently, Peter Alexander. Paula Waters (then Carder), ex National Chair of the Campaign, was at one time the ROB Branch Treasurer.
We are researching further History of the Branch and this will be posted sometime soon.
How the Branch is Managed
The Branch is run on behalf of members by a Branch Chairman, currently Peter Alexander, and a committee elected by the members each year at the Annual General Meeting.
Please follow this link for current Committee Members
The ROB Branch membership as of 26th February 2017 was 1980 members
ROB Camra is the largest branch in Greater Manchester!
Camra National membership stands at over 186,000
All members are welcome, come and join in with the craic.
For getting around the Branch go to Transport for Greater Manchester.
Branch Magazine - More Beer
As most of you will also be aware we publish a quarterly free Branch Magazine, More Beer, that is distributed throughout the Branch area (and beyond). If you have any news at all about pubs, breweries or anything in the beer scene please let the Editor know. Better still, come to one of our Branch Meetings. If you are a publican, Brewery, supplier or want to advertise any events please contact the Editor.
How We Contact You
We send "snail mails" out to all of our members who have not supplied an e mail address, but due to the costs and time involved these mailouts only happen once a year.
Our preferred method of communication is by e mail.
If you have an e mail address and would like to be contacted on a more regular basis please contact the Branch Membership Secretary.
Those 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!
Changed your e mail address and not told us? If so, please contact Branch Membership Secretary.
In addition any Branch member can join our ROB CAMRA Yahoo Group - we use this to communicate information to the members and it really is a useful tool. Please sign up to it, it really is simple!
Recognition of Pubs
As a Branch we do this in various ways. We obviously include our better pubs in the Good Beer Guide and we have, in the past, held "Pub of The Season" awards where we have given, a different pub every quarter a certificate and made a presentation to them. This lapsed some years ago, but we have recently began awarding our "Pub of The Year" (POTY) award to one pub in the Branch area. This pub then goes forward to the Regional POTY competition and the eventual winner of that goes forward to the National Pub Of The Year. The winner in 2012 was our very own The Baum, Rochdale!
If each of the 8 Branches (or more than one Branch) in Greater Manchester Region nominates a POTY then a Regional competition is run. This means that judges from the 8 Branches visit each of the pubs and using the CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR - Criteria they complete a form and the one with the most points becomes the Regional POTY. This winner then goes forward to a "Super Regional" competition until the last 4 pubs are judged and the National winner is decided.
Branches pass their POTY winner to their respective Regional Director (RDs), normally by the end of March. The Regional Winners are then passed to a CAMRA National Co-ordinator by mid August. The results of the Super Regional Winners pass from the RD's to the Co-ordinator by the end of October. The announcement of the National Winner is made during February the following year. So you can see that the Branch nomination is potentially the National Winner for any year, but announced in the following year.
The ROB Branch now organises two very successful beer festivals: one in Oldham in conjunction with the Mayor's Charity Appeal and the other in Rochdale in association with the Rochdale Town Centre Partnership.
The 29th Oldham Beer Festival will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 31st March and 1st April 2017
The 2nd Rochdale Beer Festival was held in November 2016 at the Rochdale Town Hall. This is a great beer festival in a spectacular historical venue
As well as being directly involved in running beer festivals in the Branch area at present, many of our members are also involved in running various other events in Greater Manchester. These include:
The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival to be held at Manchester Central in January 2018
As well as campaigning for real ale, we like to drink some too. Our social calendar is important to us too. Like most of the other 200+ CAMRA Branches we organise various events that take place both within the Branch area and quite often outside it! These events will include the Social Events listed in the Branch Diary we try and ensure that all members are advised about our Social plans.