The home of the Cartophilic Society of Great Britain

Cotswolds Branch

Secretary: Jim Lightstone
Telephone: 01242 528587

๐ŸŒŸ Mark this Date : 15 September ๐ŸŒŸ

Because that’s when our All Day Cigarette and Trade Card Fair, Rally and Auction takes place. And it will be HUGE! In attendance will be a range of local and national dealers, specialising in all manner of cigarette cards, trade cards, and other ephemera. Plus an auction!  It is true to say that there will be something for every collector, and something for those who have not even discovered the joys of collecting yet. So come along between 10am and 4pm to 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 free ample car parking. You can find a very useful map by clicking Here


Did we see you at our last All Day Fair? If not you missed  great attendance from dealers and collectors, some truly wonderful cards and other rarities, a rip-roaring raffle with twenty prizes, an amazing auction, and Alan being given a Life Membership (at last) for all his sterling work, including but not limited to organising our auctions. His wife also received a special presentation for her work on these self same 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, and with any questions you may have about this event, or our friendly branch.


Our Branch meetings take place at this same venue on the third Wednesday of every month โ€“ starting at 7pm.
This means our remaining 2019 dates are


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 ยฃ1; things have changed a little, and we now charge ยฃ1.50 as a meeting attendance fee, with annual subscriptions at ยฃ5, 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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