Branch News


Notification of Amber Valley Branch AGM

Now that the pubs are free of restrictions we will be able to hold our delayed Branch AGM on Thursday August 26th at the The Old Oak, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, Ilkeston DE7 6AW at 8pm.

Any CAMRA member may attend, but should any votes be taken only members of Amber Valley Branch may vote. The AGM's formal business is where we'll hear reports from Branch Officers, receive and approve the Branch accounts for 2020, and appoint/confirm people into various roles within the Branch.

There are a number of Core Committee positions at Branch level - these are:

·       Branch Chair

·       Branch Secretary

·       Branch Treasurer

·       Membership Secretary

·       Pub Data Co-ordinator

And we have a range of other roles, which are vital in contributing to the campaigning success of the Branch.

Any member of Amber Valley can stand for the Core and other Branch positions, and we welcome CAMRA members from outside the branch to stand for non-core Committee positions if they wish to do so.

We currently have a number of vacancies on our committee and sadly, unless they are filled, we will not be able to run our Branch in a fully effective way.

Most pressing, is a volunteer to be our Branch Secretary. I would be very happy to discuss this role with anyone who is interested, with the possibility of dividing the job up if this could be done in a sensible way. We also need the following key roles filled:

·       Pub of the Year Co-ordinator

·       Magazine Article Editor (to produce/co-ordinate/edit articles for the someone to produce Derby and Nottingham Drinker magazines)

·       Brewery Liaison Officer for Bad Bunny Brewery.

This AGM is important because it will help chart the forward direction of the Branch. Of particular importance is the future of our Beer Festivals. Personally, I would very much like to see an Amber Valley Beer Festival run in 2022, but there is work to do before this can happen. As I said when I first became Branch Chairman in 2012, and it holds true more than ever today, “The Branch will do as much as the active membership of the Branch are prepared to do.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Chris Rogers

Amber Valley Branch Chairman


Branch Secretary Required

We are still seeking a new Branch Secretary following the 'retirement' of Nora who has done sterling work in the role.  If you are interested or know of anyone who would like to volunteer for this vital position please contact our Chairman.  The duties that come within the Secretary's remit are detailed in this profile.

Pub of the Year 2020

The results of the Amber Valley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020 competition were announced at the AGM as follows -

First place - White Hart, Bargate

Second place - Dead Poets, Holbrook

Third place - Old Oak, Horsley

Congratulations to Sean and the team at the White Hart and thanks to all members who nominated pubs to go into the competition and all those who judged the eight finalists.


The Amber Valley CAMRA Winter Ale Trail top three placed pubs are -

1st Hunters Arms, Kilburn

2nd Codnor Inn,  Codnor

3rd George and Dragon,  Belper

Cider Pub of the Year 2020 

Winner Angels Bar, Belper

Runner-up Dead Poets Inn, Holbrook

Angels Bar, as Amber Valley Cider Pub of the Year 2020, will go forward to the East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year Competition, judged in March 2020.

Please see Awards for more information.


Member assistance requested

Could all members please help us to keep our area  information updated by entering any updates for their local pub into What Pub this will really assist our pubs member and enable you to have current info when you venture further afield.

Good Beer Guide 2020

Our Branch is allocated 12 entries and it's always a tough job choosing entrants from the wide array of fantastic pubs we have in Amber Valley - Congratulations to all our entrants!!

Angels, Belper
Arkwrights, Belper
Beehive Inn, Ripley
Black Bulls Head, Openwoodgate
Holly Bush, Makeney
Old Oak, Horsley
Red Lion, Ripley
Steam packet Inn, Swanwick
Talbot, Ripley
White Hart, Bargate