Southern Hampshire CAMRA

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The latest news of our activities locally and CAMRA's activities nationally are described below.

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Local News

Rob Whatley
Rob Whatley, July 2014
Celebrating the life of Rob Whatley - Thursday 11 August 2022

Rob Whatley sadly passed away on Saturday 16 July 2022 following a valiant battle against Cancer.

Everyone who knew Rob is invited to remember him and celebrate his life:

Thursday 11 August 2022 at 11:30am
East Chapel, Southampton Crematorium,
Bassett Green Road, Southampton, SO16 3QB

And afterwards at
Steam Town Brew Co., Eastleigh, SO50 6AD

Rob requested that you wear bright colours - red and white or yellow and blue (The Saints home and away strip colours).

If you plan to attend the ceremony and/or wake, please email as soon as you can so that we know numbers.
If attending the wake, please include details any dietary requirements that you may have.

Posted by Pete Horn on 27/07/2022

Rob Whatley
Rob Whatley in 1997 wearing the 1976 Saints FA Cup strip
Rob Whatley (09/12/1956 – 16/07/2022)

It is with great sadness that we announce that Rob Whatley passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, 16 July 2022.

Rob had been a CAMRA Member since soon after CAMRA was founded and the roles he performed, both locally and nationally are nearly too numerous to mention. Locally, he was organiser of the highly successful Southampton Beer Festival at Southampton’s Guildhall for many years from 1999 onwards, and used his love of music to always arrange great bands to play. Rob diligently scanned all local newspapers, planning notices and licensing applications for Pub News, his section in Hop Press for over 35 years. Nationally he was the manager of the glasses stand at the Great British Beer Festival for as many years as most can remember, and as recently as May he compiled the pub planning report for Southern Hampshire for the national Campaigns Team.

Rob loved sport (Southampton FC season ticket holder and life member of Hampshire Cricket Club), had an encyclopaedic knowledge of many things, and a great sense of humour. We wish him well at the big beer festival in the sky.

Posted by Pete Horn on 17/07/2022

Olaf's Tun - Southern Hampshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2022
Olaf's Tun - Southern Hampshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2022
Southern Hampshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2022 award presentation
A mild April Tuesday saw a local CAMRA social at Olaf's Tun in Woolston, Southampton. The main event was the presentation of Southern Hampshire CAMRA's Pub of the Year 2022 award to Olaf'sTun. Pictured are publican's Maz and Rob (centre) receiving the award from competition organiser David Pritchard. Congratulations to Maz & Rob for running such a fine micropub. Olaf's Tun now goes forward to the Wessex Regional Pub of the Year competition.
Posted by Pete Horn on 19/04/2022

Previous local news can be found in our Local News Archive.


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