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Lea Valley Cigarette Card Club

lea valleySecretary: Debbie Fisher

Tel. 07501 854006

Greetings to all card collectors in the Lea Valley area.

This is a site which has changed an amazing amount through the centuries, from a rural backwater with a river leading into the great Thames, moving through the Industrial Revolution, and even hosting the Olympic Games! 

The area is also home to The Lea Valley Cigarette Card Club, which holds regular meetings, starting at 10am on the fourth Sunday of every month, apart from December, when we move to the third Sunday. This year our August meeting still took place, though it coincided with the Bank Holiday Weekend; despite this we were delighted to see so many visitors.  

For some years now we have been located at North Weald Village Hall, 40 High Rd, North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16 6BU. Its technically in Essex but within easy reach of East London, in fact it’s only about 20 miles from Central London.

Military and Aeroplane enthusiasts will know North Weald best for its R.A.F. Station, a Battle of Britain fighter base which during WW2 was involved in the Defence of London and sent Hawker Hurricanes to Dunkirk; from the late 1940s till its closure in the 1960s RAF jets were based there; even today it is used by many historic aircraft. The base was actually opened in 1916/17 by the Royal Flying Corps, and continued to see building work throughout the inter-war period, reopening again in the late 1920s. At its height it covered over 400 acres. Look out for the most attractive village sign which actually features a Hurricane, paying tribute to all the fliers and flights which have passed through.

Brooke Bond History of Aviation No.26

We are proud to add our own tribute to the local flying history – here is a very attractive cigarette card of a Spitfire in flight, from Brooke Bond Tea’s “History of Aviation” – its card number 26. The set was originally issued in 1965, then re-issued in 1972, due to the increasing demand for older sets. If you were a child of the 60s and 70s we are fairly certain you will remember swapping Brooke Bond cards at school! 

Anyway, back to today, North Weald Bassett Village Hall itself has a large main hall with a capacity of 150 head, plus a licensed bar and committee room. There is a large car park directly behind the hall. Check out:

And have a look at these snapshots of one of our events!

Every month our club has a variety of dealers and a room auction with about 100 lots. We also used to have a big postal auction in September but this proved too costly to run.

However in the future it might be reintroduced!


Our September meeting is still officially our Open Meeting, so if you do live near enough to attend we recommend doing so. We do make a small charge for visitors but our annual subscription is just £15, which entitles members to free entry at all of our club meetings. At the moment our Membership remains fairly steady, but visitors and prospective new members are always made very welcome.

If you can’t make September, we hold our Annual General Meeting in October. Local collectors are warmly welcomed then as well; if you have any thoughts on collecting in the local area, how we can raise our profile, or what we can do to help the hobby in general, this is the time to take the stand and tell us!

We look forward to meeting you and to hearing your views 




[Our featured card is a Thames Barge, no. 30 from Nicolas Sarony & Co`s 1929 “Ships of All Ages”. It represents a time when the valley towpaths were busy with horses, pulling barges of cargo. The Thames Barge itself is a unique mode of transport, appearing on no other river.]

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