Support Donkeystone Brewery

The brewery is resubmitting its application for the tap. Supported last time by planning officers, it was bizarrely refused by some astonishingly ignorant comments at planning committee.

It would be great if you could click on Support. No comments necessary, but you have to Register on Oldham's Planning portal first...

PA/343995/19 | Retrospective application for a change of use of industrial (Class B2) floorspace to use as a drinking establishment (Class A4) at Unit 18, in association with the existing brewery use at Unit 17 | Donkeystone Brewing Co. Ltd, Unit 17/18 Boarshurst Business Park, Boarshurst Lane, Oldham, OL3 7ER

Pete Buckley and Viv Cooper have already supported! Thanks.

-- Best, David Rigby

Campaigning News - August 25th 2019

Phil Brown and Don Booth attended a meeting last Thursday evening at the Rose & Crown in Bury.

Here is Phil's summary of the meeting

The meeting was organised by the licensee, who in turn asked if we would meet the locals and explain their options, now that Punch Taverns have put their community pub up for sale, without even consulting with the tenant.

Over 30 attended and we outlined the options around ACV ‘s and planning objections and the help that CAMRA can provide.

Don had already given a raft of printed material on how to apply for an AVC and the meeting agreed to set up a steering group ASAP to make an Application.

We were thanked by all for our input in our role as local CAMRA volunteers in taking time to meet them.

What can you do to help?

At this stage

1) contact the MP for Bury North - James Frith by email ku.tnemailrap@pm.htirf.semaj

2) If you live in the locality then register your support at the pub


The Branch received some sad news recently that long standing branch member, Stuart Burslem, passed away peacefully in Bury Hospice on Friday 22nd march. The family arranged a “Direct Cremation” at Radcliffe Crematorium on Friday 29th March in accordance with Stuart’s wishes.

Stuart “the Glass” will be fondly remembered for helping out at many CAMRA beer festivals and events over the past 30 years. His love of Holt’s bitter was legendary and no doubt a branch event, centred on Whitefield, will be organised in the next few weeks, to enable branch members to raise their glasses in memory of Stuart.

Branch Magazine

The latest Magazine, More Beer Summer 2019 is available for downloading. You can also pick up the magazine in most of our pubs around the ROB Branch.

For previous issues go to the Branch Magazine page

Thanks from Ken and Jan

Ken jan flowers

These are the flowers, chocolates and card which were presented to Ken/Jan on Tuesday 15th Jan and received with delight, with many thanks and appreciation to the members concerned.

Branch Pub of the Year 2019

The Branch Pub of the Year 2019 is The Flying Horse, Rochdale

Branch Most improved Pub of the Year 2019

The Branch Most improved Pub of the Year 2019 is The Cask and Feather, Rochdale

Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2019

The Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2019 is The Regal Moon, Rochdale

Newcomer/ Most Improved Branch Cider Pub 2019

Branch Cider Best Newcomer of the Year 2019 is The Thirsty Fish, Bury.

Branch Club of the Year 2019

Branch Club of the Year 2019 is Dobcross band and Social Club, Dobcross

Branch Most Improved Club of the Year 2019

Branch Most Improved Club of the Year 2019 is Ramsbottom Royal British Legion, Ramsbottom

Club News

We are always looking to find out about any clubs in our branch which sell real ale. Our Clubs Officer, Don Booth, would be delighted to hear from you at ku.gro.armac.bor@sbulc

Good Beer Guide 2019

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 in popular ePub and Kindle formats plus Sat Nav versions

GBG E-book

GBG Sat nav

Good Beer Guide App

You can also purchase the latest GBG here Good Beer Guide 2019.

Local Pubs and Beer festivals

There are many of the pubs and other organisations in our Branch area that run beer festivals, details will be added here: National, Regional and Local Beer Festivals

For our Local Pubs follow the link

Would you like to do some Campaigning locally?

Social Media

Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Camra Facebook