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Cotswolds Branch

tewkesburySecretary: Jim Lightstone

Telephone: 01242 528587

πŸ’₯ Breaking News πŸ’₯

In order not to conflict with the new date for The Reading Fair, we have decided to cancel our 2019 Summer Cigarette and Trade Card Rally.

But our 2019 Autumn Rally will go ahead on 15 September as planned, with a full complement of local and national dealers and an auction, all to be held from 10am till 4pm at our usual venue, The Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports and Social Club, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham GL51 9SL. This is a bright, modern building, which you would never imagine has been on this site for over fifty years, and has the bonus of ample car parking. You can find a very useful map at: href=””>

Our current general Branch meetings …  take place at this same venue on the third Wednesday of every month – starting at 7pm. This means our 2019 dates are….

FEBRUARY 20 – MARCH 20 – APRIL 17 – MAY 18 – no meeting in June – JULY 17 – AUGUST 21 – September 15 which will be our Autumn rally – OCTOBER 16 – NOVEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 11

Our All Day Rallies are held at the same venue. Did we see you on September 16, 2018? If not you missed a great attendance from dealers and collectors, some truly wonderful cards, a superb raffle with 20 prizes, an amazing auction, and Alan being given a Life Membership for all his sterling work, including but not limited to organising the auction. His wife also received a special presentation for her work on these auctions. And in case you were wondering, 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, or our friendly branch.

Our Branch History … 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  meetings and our annual subscriptions were Β£1; things have changed a little, and we now charge Β£1.50 as a meeting attendance fee, with annual subscriptions at Β£5, but we still feel this is great value!

And, 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! Three cheers for Geoff and Dave.

Speaking of the Cartophilic Convention… did you know Cotswolds Branch has hosted three of them – the 1995 event in Cheltenham Town Hall, and the 2007 and 2015 events, 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? But to see the other event, just click the blue type below to go back to 2007:

[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 this information

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