The next branch meeting will be on Thursday 2nd February, starting at 8.15pm. The venue is the Balmoral, Bradshawgate, and the meeting includes voting for the 2018 Good Beer Guide.






19-21 January 2017 – Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

11 February – Branch outing to Clitheroe, including a visit to the Bowland Beer Hall. Full details fo follow shortly.



The branch urgently needs a volunteer to take on the role of Membership Secretary. Please consider if you can spare an hour or two a month to help out – support will be available from the committee. If you are interested of need more information, please contact the branch chair Graham Walsh.

Branch Membership Secretary Role Description

Purpose of the Role

To recruit and retain CAMRA members and improve the level of activation within the Branch.

Key Activities

  • To contact new Branch members welcoming them to the Branch.
  • To contact local members with information on current branch and national campaigns and activities and any local membership benefits eg discounts at local pubs or beer festivals..
  • To encourage lapsed members to rejoin by contacting them with details of how their money is spent and what benefits they get from being a member.
  • To assist the central Membership Team in keeping details of local members up to date eg passing on email address changes.
  • To act as the link between the central Membership Team and the local branch on membership matters including local queries.
  • To encourage the Branch to maximize all possible avenues to recruit members eg placing membership forms in pubs and running membership stands at suitable events such as beer festivals (both CAMRA run and non CAMRA run).
  • To ensure that new faces (particularly new members) are warmly welcomed at any event they attend.
  • Work with the Branch Chairman to encourage all Branch members to undertake some CAMRA activity eg distributing local Branch magazines or pub surveying.
  • To monitor and report back to Branch meetings Branch membership numbers eg total number, lapsed and new members, which are accessible via CAMRA’s national membership database.
  • To work with the Young Members Representative and Student Liaison Officers (if there are post holders) to maximize young members recruitment and retention.

Code of Conduct

  • To ensure that the data accessed from the membership database is used in line with CAMRA’s Database Protection Policy (advice is available from CAMRA’s central Membership Team if in doubt – see Support Section).
  • To refrain from putting forward any personal points of view that is against CAMRA’s policy or might bring the Campaign into disrepute.
  • To refrain from action or inaction that would bring the Campaign into disrepute.

Time commitment

  • Depending on the size of the branch it could be up to an hour every  week.
  • Attendance at most branch meetings would be ideal.
  • If a branch is involved with festivals and similar, attending and manning membership stands would be best practice.


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Access to a computer and the internet is essential
  • Good writing skills would be an advantage


  • A Membership Secretaries Handbook and other information such as Membership Secretary User Guidelines can be found in the Media section of this website:
  • Support is available from CAMRA’s central Membership Team ( This includes training on using CAMRA’s membership database.
  • Advice and guidance is available from the Branch Chairman and where, appropriate, people who have previously held the post.
  • Membership Secretaries in other branches can also offer advice.
  • Advice and guidance on CAMRA policy is available from the Regional Director or CAMRA central branch support team.
  • The website is also a useful source of information at





The Autumn edition of the branch magazine is now available in pubs across Bolton. You can also download a copy here.





Bolton CAMRA is 40 years old this year!

Details of celebrations will follow in the near future.






CAMRA’s UK Pub Directory and Beer Scoring

Our Whatpub videos are here, and the Whatpub website is here.




CAMRA members have chosen 4 main campaigns to concentrate over the next year to 18 months.

1) Stop tax killing beer and pubs

2) Secure an effective government support package for pubs

3) Encourage more people to try a range of real ales, cider and perries

4) To raise the profile of pub-going and increase the number of people using pubs regularly

Full details are on the CAMRA website campaigns pages



CAMRA campaigns for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights. We are an independent, voluntary organisation with over 100,000 members and have been described as the most successful consumer group in Europe. CAMRA promotes good-quality real ale and pubs, as well as acting as the consumer’s champion in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry. We aim to:

  • Protect and improve consumer rights
  • Promote quality, choice and value for money
  • Support the public house as a focus of community life
  • Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture
  • Seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry

Why not join us today if you care about great quality real ale and pubs?



National CAMRA Website – Click Here

Bolton Trading Standards – If you have concerns about short measures, top-ups refused – in short, if you are being ripped off, contact Trading Standards. Click Here or phone 01204 336586

Public Transport – Bus and Train timetables and route planners for Greater Manchester are available via Transport for Greater Manchester. Click here to visit their website, or phone 0871 200 2233 (7am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 8pm at weekends and bank holidays)

Not From Bolton? Details of other Greater Manchester branches are available by clicking here, and for further afield at the CAMRA national website – click here.



PUBLICANS: let us know what beers you are currently serving and if you are hosting any ale-related events – click here.

PUB-GOERS and FESTIVAL ORGANISERS – what’s happening with your local pubs? Are you organising a beer festival?  If you have any news to share, click here .

NEWS AND RESOURCES – Have you been on a pub crawl or had an excellent pub experience?  Have you seen a great ale-related website that you think we should link to? Or is there anything at all that you have come across that will be of interest to visitors to this site?  Tell us about it – click here.



Click here to join online

Benefits include £20 worth of JD Wetherspoon vouchers, holiday discounts, plus:

Exclusive members newspaper – ‘What’s Brewing’
A monthly colour newspaper informing you of beer and pub news and detailing events and beer festivals from around the country.

Exclusive members magazine – ‘BEER’
A quarterly copy of the magazine ‘BEER’ which is packed with superb features on pubs, beers and breweries.

Free / Discounted entry to over 160 beer festivals
Free or discounted admission to the 160 + beer festival that CAMRA organise, including the Great British Beer Festival.

Branch Social Activities
CAMRA is organised into 200 branches that cover the UK. Each branch runs a variety of socials events for their members.

Active Campaigning
Have the chance to campaign to save pubs and breweries under threat of closure, for the right to receive a Full Pint and a reduction in beer duty that will help Britain’s brewing industry survive.

Discounted Membership of the CAMRA Beer Club
The CAMRA Beer Club has been set up to provide a home delivery service to enthusiasts. All CAMRA members receive a £5 discount on each mixed case of 20 beers.

Book Discounts
CAMRA produce a variety of books every year and as a member you are entitled to discounts on all of the books we produce including CAMRA’s best-selling, annual Good Beer Guide.