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Cotswolds Branch

tewkesburySecretary: Jim Lightstone
Telephone: 01242 528587

Do not miss our 2018 Autumn Cigarette and Trade Card Rally plus Auction. Its being held on September 16th, from 10 am till 4 pm at The Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports and Social Club, in Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham GL51 9SL – a venue with the added bonuses of refreshments and ample car parking. Find a map and full directions at:

So come along and meet a range of Local and National dealers, take part in our popular raffle, and have a good look at the lots in our auction. On which note, yes, we do issue auction lists; please contact the secretary, (whose details appear at the top), for more information on this, and with any other questions you may have about the event. 

And now a bit about our Branch history! Which all began on the 17th of March, 1983, at the rather grand Carlton Hotel  in Cheltenham, when three local collectors met to discuss the formation of a little card club. Things moved swiftly – and by 1986 we were rallying out at Swindon Village Hall in Cheltenham, with several Cartophilic Society luminaries attending!

At that time we charged 20p to attend our meetings and the annual Branch subscriptions were £1; things have changed a little, and we now charge £1.50 as a meeting attendance fee, with our annual subscriptions at £5, but we still feel this is great value!

By the way, we are delighted to report that two of our founder members are still very active in the hobby – one has designed the Official Cartophilic Society Convention Card for many years, and the other is currently our Branch Chairman! So three cheers for Geoff and Dave.

Speaking of the Cartophilic Society Convention… did you know that Cotswolds Branch has hosted three of them? The 1995 event was held in Cheltenham Town Hall, and the 2007 and 2015 events were both held in Worcester. We have not been able to track down photos of the first or last event – so if you have any you would like to show here do get in touch? Regarding the other event, just click on the blue type below and be whirled right back to 2007:

Our current meetings … take place on the third Wednesday of every month – starting at 7pm – at our regular venue, The Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports and Social Club, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL. This is a bright, modern building, which you would never imagine has been on this site for over fifty years. A branch meeting is a somewhat quieter event, with more time for chatting and getting to know us. But the warm welcome is ever present…

🎅 And don’t miss our Famous Christmas Buffet 🎅

[Our featured card is The Bell, Tewkesbury, card number 7 from Hignett “Celebrated Old Inns”, it`s right opposite Tewkesbury Abbey, and was built before Henry VIII was King. It is not the original building, having been rebuilt in 1696 after a fire. But it ably represents all of the lovely half-timbered buildings that still remain throughout the Cotswolds]

and many thanks to Branch Sec. Jim Lightstone for all his additional local information

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