As regular Branch meeting attenders will know there has been much discussion over the past couple of years or so about how the City Centre of Manchester is supported by its local CAMRA Branches, and how consistent support is to our City Centre pubs and bars.

There has been much discussion and consultation, and lots of confusion on what cannot and can be done from a CAMRA prospective, with members of the National Executive themselves contradicting each other.

Part of this discussion has been around what is needed to set up a new CAMRA Branch, and as part of this a group of CAMRA members have come together to propose and be the founding committee of a potential City Centre Branch.

Currently the City Centre is covered by three existing Branches – North Manchester, Stockport and South Manchester, and ourselves. The formation of a City Centre Branch would have a major effect on us as a Branch and as part of the process of proposing to set up a new Branch, the prospective Branch Committee is required to consult with the affected Branches and to consider the results of that consultation in coming up with a final business plan for the consideration of our Regional Director and the CAMRA Branches
Committee.

This Consultation meeting has been set for Tuesday 12th May at 8.15 at the Waterhouse in Manchester, a pub which if the new Branch is set up we will lose as a Trafford and Hulme pub.

CAMRA AGM 2015CAMRA Members’ Weekend, featuring the National AGM and Conference, is where our members discuss our future policy and direction. The weekend also offers the opportunity to members to socialise with friends, visit recommended pubs and go on organised trips.

The Members’ Weekend is open to all CAMRA members and will be held at The Albert Hall, Nottingham on 17th-19th April 2015.

Closing date for pre-registration is Friday 20th March 2015. Please note that joint members will need to login and register individually.

For more information and to pre-register, visit http://camraagm.org.uk/

If you miss the pre-registration deadline - don't worry, you can still attend and register in Nottingham on the day.

 

Nominations from CAMRA members are required for entrants into the North West Champion Beer of Britain competition.

The winners from this area competition are put forward as finalists to the national Champion Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival and the National Winter Ales Festival.

There are 11 categories for the competition Milds; Bitter; Best Bitters; Strong Bitters; Golden Ales; Specialiity Beers; Old Ales and Strong Milds; Porters; Stouts; Barley Wines and Strong Old Ales; and Real Ales in a Bottle and you  can nominate up to five beers, in order of preference, in each.

There are plenty in there to choose from and if you don't want to vote in a particular category, you don't have to.

You ONLY have until the 30 November 2014 to vote, so login to

http://www.cbobvoting.org.uk/login.asp

using your membership number and the password from www.camra.org.uk then select your favourites.

If you change you mind, no problems, you can go back any time before the closing date and update your choices.