East Lancs Branch

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Branch News

  • Witch Ale News needs you Thursday 19 May 2022

    Please send news of changes of licensee, quiz nights, beer festivals, tap takeovers, meet the brewer, independent beer festivals etc or other items of interest to ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@swenelahctiw Cheers!

  • Clitheroe Beer Festival 2022 - Thank you Wednesday 18 May 2022

    Thank you for all who came along to enjoy the festival and a special thanks goes to all the volunteers who helped make the festival a great success. Cheers!

  • Peregrine Brewing first to sell out at Clitheroe Beer Festival Friday 13 May 2022

    Congratulations to Anthony at Peregrine Brewing for Brut IPA being the first beer to sell out and therefore being the beer of the festival

    A light thin body, low in bitterness, offering white grape and subtle tropical fruity notes with a clean champagne like dry finish. 4.5%

    Not only that it was a beer especially brewed for the festival and launched there. If you haven’t tried it look out for it

  • Support needed for the White Lion in Rawtenstall Monday 4 April 2022

    Thomas Fishwick brought it to the attention of the branch that the landlord Brent Taylor is being kicked out by owners Stonegate when the lease is up in September. He’s offered to buy the pub or continue to run it with them but they have said no. It seems they are looking at making it more food friendly pun which is a surprise as there is no car parking on site or nearby. An ACV will be submitted in the next week and the Branch puts on record their support for this. There is support from local councillors and Jake Berry but nothing official yet. Thomas also mentioned that it is a very community-based pub with family events and one of the last traditional pubs in the area and very hard on Brent who had run the pub with his late wife Ann who sadly passed away during lockdown and very much made it their home.

    Please consider adding your signature to the online petition https://www.change.org/p/keep-brent-taylor-as-the-landlord-of-the-white-lion-in-rawtenstall

  • Branch Award Winners 2022 announced Friday 18 March 2022

    Drum roll please… The winners are:

    East Lancs Pub of the Year 2022 - Bankers Draft, Barrowford

    East Lancs Club of the Year 2022 - Waddington Village Club

    Sub Area Pubs of the Year 2022:

    Bird in th'hand, Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen)
    New Brew-m, Burnley (Burnley)
    Old England Forever, Clayton le Moors, (Hyndburn)
    Bankers Draft, Barrowford (Pendle)
    Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton (Ribble Valley)
    The Hop, Rawtenstall (Rossendale)

    Sub Areas Clubs of the Year 2022:

    Cherry Tree Cricket Club, Cherry Tree (Blackburn with Darwen)
    KSC 110 Club, Burnley (Burnley)
    Canine Club, Accrington (Hyndburn)
    Rolls Royce Club, Barnoldswick (Pendle)
    Waddington Village Club, Waddington (Ribble Valley)
    Whitworth Healey Vale Band Club, Whitworth (Rossendale)

    Keep an eye on the Branch Diary for presentation dates and we hope to see you at one for a beer and a catch up

    No awards given for Cider Pubs of the Year for 2022

    The Branch felt due to National CAMRA’s redefinition of real cider in the summer of 2021, (click here for more details) that we did not have enough information that the cider regularly being sold in pubs in our area, matched the new definition to be able to “legitimately” give out awards. This could change in the future but the branch needs more feedback about what ciders are regularly being sold. Please email any information to ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@redic

  • Good Beer Guide 2022 still available to buy Thursday 17 March 2022

    The branch has a small number of Good Beer Guide 2022 available to buy for £11.00 (usually £15.99) To reserve a copy please email ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@selas-gbg to be collected at the next meeting/social or other arrangements can be made

  • Clitheroe Beer Festival 2022 needs you! Wednesday 16 March 2022

    If you'd like to volunteer for the beer festival, please complete a CBF 2022 Volunteer Form. We could really use volunteers during set-up and take down, and during the morning & afternoon public sessions. Thanks in advance.

  • News from the Branch AGM 2022 Friday 25 February 2022

    We have a few changes at the committee level.

    Thomas has stepped down as Branch Chair after 4 years and John Webster has been re-elected after coming out off retirement at the spritely age of 71 years young. After not having a Branch Membership Secretary for the last 2 years we now have 2 sharing the role in Martyn Pashley and Gavin Robertson. Peter Cleggs’ time as Social Secretary as come to an end with John Ingham taking over. And one Alan replaces another with Alan Cottam taking on the Branch Contact role replacing Alan Leach. All other officers are continuing in their roles but we still have a few roles needing filling. See the Branch Contacts page for vacant positions.

    A motion has been passed to move Branch meetings to Saturdays at 1:30pm, these will take place in each of the 6 areas with a social afterwards. Committee meetings will be on Sundays in Accrington and Burnley. The reason behind moving to weekend branch meetings is to try and get more people to the meetings and socials and to get more involved with the branch and volunteering roles/events. Keep an eye on the Branch Diary for dates and location of meetings.

    After a mostly non active 2 years due to you know what things are moving ahead and you’re all invited along for the ride.


    The East Lancs Branch Committee

  • Clitheroe Beer Festival 2022 confirmed Wednesday 5 January 2022

    As one branch beer festival is sadly cancelled we are delighted to announce that Clitheroe Beer Festival will return in its customary mid May slot for 2022. We are looking forward to seeing everyone after what will be a three year hiatus. In the meantime we will continue to support our local pubs, bars, brewers and distributors as their doors reopen. We would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and brewers for sticking with us, it’s going to be a festival to remember!

  • Pendle Beer Festival 2022 cancelled Wednesday 5 January 2022

    Due the ongoing Covid Omicron situation and the number of uncertainties looming in the coming weeks, with heavy hearts we have decided to cancel the 2022 Pendle Beer Festival.

    We look forward to coming back with a bang in 2023, so hope you will come along and raise a glass or three with us next year!

    Please consider making a donation to Pendleside Hospice – our annual festival charity – who we unfortunately could not directly support in 2021

  • Final call for the Turkey Trot 2021 Monday 20 December 2021

    Final call for the Turkey Trot 2021 for a social wander around Earby Wed 29 Dec. Meet 2pm at Red Lion. Contact Pete Clegg 07964258360 or ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@laicos by Fri 24 Dec otherwise the day out might be cancelled due a lack of interest (and before lockdown hits) Cheers????

  • Change of meeting place for Pendle Social Sunday 5 December 2021

    Please note the meeting has changed due to the recent announcement that Peter and Noel have decided to leave the Crown after 23 years at the helm. They gave Noel’s health issues, Peters age, declining trade as reasons which have prompted this decision.

    We will now be meeting at Boyce's Barrel where we have the place to ourselves from 2-4pm then a social wander around the town afterwards.

  • Good Beer Guide 2022 available to buy Sunday 5 December 2021

    The branch has a number of Good Beer Guide 2022 available to buy for £11 (usually £15.99) To reserve a copy please email ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@selas-gbg to be collected at the next meeting/social or Pendle Beer Festival 2022

  • Interested in volunteering at Pendle Peer Festival 2022? Sunday 5 December 2021

    Complete an online form or download a PBF 2022 Volunteer Staffing Form and send it to Martyn Pashley (Staffing Officer) via ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@gniffats.eldnep.tsefreeb or hand it to him in person.

    Please note: from 2020 all volunteer’s must be have a valid CAMRA membership.

  • Pendle Beer Festival 2022 is officially full steam ahead Saturday 27 November 2021

    Right you lovely lot.

    Pendle Beer Festival 2022 is officially full steam ahead. In 68 days we will be back with

    70+ Beers ✅ Cask, KeyKeg, Cider & Gin bars ✅ Live bands ✅ Hot food ✅ Good times ✅

    February 3rd-5th #savethedate See you all there #pbf2022 #beerfestival #camra

    See www.pendlebeerfestival.co.uk for all details of the 16th Pendle Beer Festival or follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

  • Great news for Trawden Tuesday 16 November 2021

    CAMRA members in Pendle were pleased to support the community group who recently completed its purchase of the last pub in Trawden, The Trawden Arms (formerly The Rock). Over 400 people stepped forward and have become shareholders in the pub group and a few of them met up at the pub on Monday and Tuesday 15th/16th November to celebrate their achievement. Without CAMRA stepping in to secure an ACV (asset of community value) from the local Pendle Council Authority none of this would have been possible. This gave the group 6 months to secure the funding it needed and ensure the building continued to trade as a public house for the benefit of the village and beyond.

    Follow their progress at www.facebook.com/Trawdenarmsmorethanapub and start planning your visit now to support all involved. Cheers!

    Below some of the core committee led by Dave Webber that secured the purchase and the new tenant licensees Jo Stafford and Adam Young

  • New Event: Turkey Trot details confirmed Friday 12 November 2021

    We will meet at the Red Lion in Earby around 2pm and have a crawl around town heading towards the BB18 Brewery and Tap bar.

    Please contact Peter Clegg on 07964-258360 or email ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@laicos so he has an idea of how many people are turning up and to pre warn the pubs in advance!

    This will be Pete’s last event as Social Secretary as he is stepping down at the AGM in February but I’m sure you will all join us in thanking him for all the hard work he’s done over the last few years.

    Cheers to you Pete!

  • New Event: CAMRA Golden Awards Presentation to Thwaites Thursday 28 October 2021

    The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has celebrated its 50 year anniversary by recognising people, groups, and businesses that have made a significant contribution to CAMRA’s aims. Daniel Thwaites has been recognised in the ‘Pints’ category after being nominated by members and locals.

    The presentation is taking place at 6pm Wednesday 1 December at the newly refurbished Fox & Hounds pub located in Ewood, which is 1.5 miles outside Blackburn town centre. Regular buses (The 1 Blackburn to Bolton) stop at the bottom hill 5 minutes walk away or nearest railway station Mill Hill is 5 mins in taxi or around 20 minute walk.

    Thwaites would like approx numbers of CAMRA members attending, so can you please email Rick Pickup via ku.gro.armac.seninneptsew@resinagroaerascnal if you are thinking of are coming.

    Let's get as many people to attend this National CAMRA Award.


  • New event: Pendle Social Sunday Saturday 23 October 2021

    Our regular annual outreach meeting in the East if the branch.

    By then we also hope to be able to give details of Pendle Beer Festival which we hope will run on Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th February 2022 at the Muni Theatre, Colne.

    Meet at the Crown Hotel at 2pm to enjoy a social stroll around Colne calling in at Boyce's Barrel amongst other places.

  • Date for Branch AGM 2022 confirmed Tuesday 19 October 2021

    After not having a Branch AGM in 2020 we are pleased to announce the next AGM will take place Sunday 20 February 2022 2pm at the Canine Club in Accrington.

    For more details see the Branch Diary page

  • Hot off the press from Sunday's branch meeting Sunday 17 October 2021

    Keep the 3rd,4th & 5th February 2022 free. 99% sure something will be happening. Just waiting to it to be signed off by CAMRA HQ

  • Well done to the Swan With Two Necks Monday 6 September 2021

    A great turnout at the Swan with Two Necks on Saturday with a CAMRA Golden Award, marking 50 years of the organisation’s campaigns

  • Branch EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) date confirmed Wednesday 25 August 2021

    In lieu of us not having a Branch AGM in February 2021 (and no meetings since the AGM in February 2020) due to.. well we don't really need to say do we.. the committee have called an EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) for Sunday 17th 2pm October at the KCS Club in Burnley to confirm the branch accounts and look forward to getting the branch back up and running.

    Thank you for your continued support and campaigning for real ale, real cider & perry, and the great British pub and long may it continue.

    The Committee East Lancs CAMRA

  • Good Beer Guide 2022 is available to pre-order Wednesday 25 August 2021

    Finding somewhere that serves good beer and gives you a warm welcome can be a struggle.

    Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink in the evening or a lively lunchtime session with friends, The Good Beer Guide will help you find somewhere that delivers the best beer.

    The Good Beer Guide is the UK’s best-selling guide to the pubs, bars and clubs where you can enjoy a great pint of traditional British beer. It highlights pubs selected by CAMRA members as places to savour good cask-conditioned beers from small and large breweries, world beers and it even tells you where to find pubs with real cider (look for the apple).

    The Good Beer Guide 2022 is available to pre-order now for only £12 +p&p.

    Visit https://shop1.camra.org.uk/product/the-good-beer-guide-2022/ and remember to log in to enable your member discount.

    Please note: To ensure our information is as up-to-date as possible the publication date for the guide has been scheduled slightly later this year - November 12th 2021.

  • Pendle Pub Walk 2021 need volunteers Wednesday 25 August 2021

    We've had a request from Pendleside Hospoice for anyone who would like to work on their beer tent at Roughlee (Actually its the village hall) during their reorganised Pendle Pub Walk on Saturday 18th Sept

    The work is just serving beer (not all real ale) They need 4 people at each of these two slots 12 to 3pm and 3pm to 6pm

    If you can help please email Sammi at ku.gro.ediseldnep@maharG.immaS or contact Leah on the below number

    Direct: 01282 440140

    Reception 01282 440100

    For full details about the event visit https://www.pendleside.org.uk/pendle-pub-walk-2021

  • Witch Ale News seeks reporters Wednesday 25 August 2021

    With the printed edition of WITCH ALE, the popular branch newsletter, folding at the end of 2017 and we understand that not everyone is on the various Social Media platforms where news is shared more easily nowadays, we need your help to know what is happening within the pubs, clubs and breweries of East Lancashire.

    East Lancs CARMRA covers the local authority areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale and keeping up with all the goings on across the region is not an easy task.

    Know of a pub closure or at threat of closure? Has a pub reopened after a long shut down period? Are there any new ones opened up or opening soon? Maybe there’s a pub that’s won a non CAMRA award for being at the heart of the community or similar? Has a brewery expanded or released a new beer we should all know about?

    Any news or information you have please share by emailing ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@bew or share on our social media platforms and we can put it on the WITCH ALE page of the website for now top read and to create an archive to look back on for years to come.


  • CAMRA awards Lancashire pub with anniversary Golden Award marking 50 years of campaigning Thursday 15 July 2021

    The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has awarded the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton, Lancashire with a Golden Award, marking 50 years of the organisation’s campaigns.

    As part of its anniversary celebrations throughout 2021, CAMRA is recognising people, groups of people or businesses that have made a significant contribution to CAMRA’s aims, helping us get to where we are today.

    The Swan with Two Necks is an outstanding and recently renovated traditional pub set in a pretty Pendleside village. It is being recognised for being a long-standing CAMRA national award-winning pub, and consistently pouring great pints. The Swan with Two Necks won CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year award in 2014, and is popular with locals and visitors alike.

    Owners Steve and Christine Dilworth said: “What a great surprise. We are proud and honoured to be a recipient of the CAMRA 50th Golden Awards. A fantastic achievement for everyone involved at the Swan with Two Necks. This also coincides with Steve’s 50 years working in the trade. Talking to his barrels pays off!”

    CAMRA’s Awards Director Gary Timmins said: “I am delighted to be honouring the Swan with Two Necks today with a CAMRA Golden Award. 2021 is our anniversary year, and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the successes of great British locals as well as CAMRA’s achievements – we wouldn’t have got far without their support!

    “This anniversary comes on the heels of an incredibly difficult time for the industry after a year of lockdowns and restrictions. I hope the team behind the Swan with Two Necks and their locals will take this award as appreciation for all the hard work involved in running the pub, over the decades and especially now. Nominations were submitted by our members and consumers, which says a lot about the support and impact they have had.

    “Winners have been chosen for their successes in standing the test of time; for being convivial, characterful and community-focused, and of course for consistently pouring great pints. I applaud the Swan with Two Necks for their dedication, for being community stalwarts and campaigning heroes.”

    The full successful cohort contains 32 pubs, including five that have appeared in all 48 editions of the Good Beer Guide, the longest standing community-owned pub in the country, and the current Pub of the Year title holder. Nominations for the Golden Awards were made by CAMRA members and locals. Over 240 pubs submitted were whittled down to the list of awardees.

    The Golden Awards will be celebrating recipients in three different categories: ‘Pubs’, ‘Pints’, and ‘People’. The winners in the ‘Pints’ and ‘People’ categories will be announced later in the year. Local presentation events are in the process of being arranged, with each pub receiving a certificate of achievement.

    CAMRA will be celebrating their 50th anniversary throughout 2021, with a host of activity including a new biography 50 Years of CAMRA, awards for campaigners, pubs and breweries, virtual festivals, and commemorative merchandise. Learn more on our 50th Anniversary page: https://camra.org.uk/50-years/

  • Branch events can (almost) start taking place again. Tuesday 13 July 2021


    The UK Government has recently announced that all social distancing rules are to be lifted in England from 19th July. As a result, this means that CAMRA branches in England are now free to organise face to face meetings and socials from this date onwards.

    Please bear in mind that CAMRA meetings are open to all and that some may still not be comfortable meeting in places with too many other people present. Please respect their views and ensure that all people present at meetings are made to feel comfortable with returning to the pub particularly if this is their first visit since lockdown ended.


    Confirmation of the restarting of beer festivals will be announced in due course.