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2014 Beer Festival

This year's Beer Festival is only weeks away so we are busy finalising the arrangments.  Full details are on our dedicated website at:  We look forward to welcoming you in our new venue.

Amber Valley CAMRA AGM

The Amber Valley CAMRA AGM took place on Thursday February 27th 2014 at the Hunters Arms, Kilburn.

A new committee has been formed and we would like to express our thanks to the outgoing members Trevor Spencer and Nigel Heathcote for their contribution and service.  Both members are still heavily involved in the preparations for our beer festival.

The new committee is as follows:

Branch Chairman: Chris Rogers
Branch Secretary: Nora Harper
Membership Secretary: Steve Cook
Treasurer: Position Vacant
Social Secretary: Jane Wallis
Pubs and Clubs Officer: Position Vacant
Webmaster: Phil Marshall

We are still looking for a Pubs and Clubs Officer.  For more information or to apply for this position please contact Phil Marshall on 07828 19 77 95 or e-mail  In the interim period the members of the What Pub team will continue to update the database.

Pub of the Year Voting

The results were announced at the AGM earlier this year and are as follows:

Pub of the Year: Black Bulls Head, Openwoodgate
Runners Up: Holly Bush, Makeney

Congratulations to both opf the pubs on their awards and to the other 6 pubs for what was a very competitive year.  Presentations are on Saturday 5th April, please see branch diary for more details.

National Beer Scoring Survey (NBSS) 

We have received an e-mail reminder from HQ about the revision to the scoring system and to remind members of the purpose of it. Part of our remit is that we encourage all our members to play an active role in scoring as ultimately the end result is the selection of pubs for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide that serve the best kept real ales.

In our area there are a number of pubs that get very few scores despite a lot of them being popular with real ale drinkers. It is important that members participate in scoring on a regular basis and ensure scores are entered periodically so we can track progress.

I know there have been a few issues since the updated version of the scoring system was released and more recently when What Pub was launched to members. Most of these issues have now been resolved but if you are still struggling with the online system then hopefully the following guidance will help you.

The best way to search for a pub using the What Pub site is to:

  • Put in the pub name followed by a space and then the town, village or city it is located in
  • If that doesn't work then try typing in the town, village or city and then selecting the pub from the results shown
  • If that fails then try the map search to pinpoint the pub using Google Maps

Once you have selected your pub then enter the score, brewery, beer and any other fields and click submit score. If you cannot find the brewery or beer from the dropdown lists then just enter the details manually.

The website for entering scores is still at which will direct you to new version which uses What Pub.

The new scoring system is below, the change being the zero score which now means no real ale available.

0 No real ale - No cask-conditioned ale available
1 Poor - Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.
2 Average - Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.
3 Good - Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.
4 Very Good - Excellent beer in excellent condition.
5 Perfect - Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

Please also remember the following:

  • Using the above scoring system 2 is an average score and not 3
  • You can score in halves for beers that are somewhere in between i.e. A beer that is in better than average condition but not quite deserving of a good rating can be scored a 2.5
  • The score of 5 is absolute perfection and so should only be given on very rare occasions if, some might argue, at all.  

Amber Valley Branch Contacts 

Chairman: Chris Rogers, tel. 01332 880 041, e-mail: 
Secretary: Nora Harper, tel 01773 769 215, e-mail
Membership Secretary: Steve Cook, e-mail
Social Secretary: Jane Wallis, Tel 01773 745 966 or e-mail
Pubs and Clubs Officer: Position Vacant
Treasurer: Position Vacant 
Webmaster: Phil Marshall tel 07828 19 77 95 or e-mail:  

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