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Kent Card Club

chickenSecretary: Tony Atkins
Telephone: 01622 820263

You may not know this, but some years ago there were actually two card collecting clubs within the County of Kent. These were the “East Kent Branch”, run by our current secretary, based in Canterbury and meeting at the Chaucer Club – and the “North Kent Cigarette Card Club”, run by Bob Hogben, based in Orpington and meeting at the Crofton Halls. 

After the death of Bob Hogben, our current secretary decided to combine the two clubs into one single “Kent” club. Owing to its more accessible location, we decided to use the North Kent venue – the full address of which is: 
Crofton Halls, Crofton Lane, Orpington BR6 8PR

If you are coming by public transport, the Halls are right next to the Orpington Main Line Railway Station; or you can get a bus or train to the centre of Bromley, or Central London – which is only 25 minutes away. Or if you are travelling in by car, the halls offer free on-site parking. If you are in need of any other information, like a map, why not visit the complex’s own website by clicking here

The building itself is a modern complex with good lighting, offering three halls for hire. And it hosts several other collectors fairs through the year, always proof of good facilities and lighting! 

Our club meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month, but please note that we do not hold meetings in January or August. Entry to these meetings cost £2 per person, and this includes a strip of raffle tickets.

At a typical meeting we have approximately 40 tables, and our dealers bring a varied assortment of ephemera including, but not limited to cigarette cards, trade cards, postcards, stamps, and postal history. We have even had packets and tins from time to time.

At the moment we are running Winter Season times, so we now start at 4.30 pm, with the raffle at 6.30. Any visitors arriving after the raffle will be charged reduced admission price of just £1. We also  hold an auction in every meeting, ands this starts at 6.45. You can also bring prospective auction lots with you on the day. And do note our meetings now close at 8.30 pm, as a number of our members had been having to leave before the end in order to catch their trains – we hope this suits you all better?

We also host an all day Christmas Special Meeting which starts at 10am and ends at 4pm,  it’s an extravaganza packed with wonderful items for you to buy; and a raffle at 2pm, with over 30 prizes (the top prize in 2018 was a £100 Marks and Spencer hamper), one strip of tickets comes with admission, others being available to purchase before the draw ; and refreshments will be available. So why not pop along and enjoy Christmas 2020 with us?  If you are not convinced, here’s what went on this year….

🎅HO! HO! HO! Our 2019 Christmas special on December 14th was very well attended, around 85 members through the door and it’s fair to say all in attendance, dealers and buyers, had an enjoyable time. A host of dealers, including nationals like John Shaw brought some superb cards, and there was much interest in the seasonal raffle, not only for the first prize of a £100 Marks and Spencer’s hamper. On which note, we are delighted to announce this year’s lucky ticket holder was someone we all know, Colin ! 

And now, in closing…. 

To all our current dealers, many thanks for all your support throughout 2019, and for bringing such wonderful cards, and in some cases for coming such a long way to see us. And please note you can now come into the hall to start setting up from 3.30 pm.

To our officials, helpers and visitors, may we take this chance to say how much we really appreciate you all. Visitors may not realise that  all our “staff” give their time and effort for free, not just during the meetings but in many hours of preparation and packing up. And although Tony was unbelievably delighted to win “The Member of The Year Trophy” at the Convention in Nottingham in 2019, our “behind the scenes” members also deserve to be included in this success.

[Our featured card at the top of this page is number 15 from Ogdens “Poultry Alphabet” –  “O” for Orpington, where these still popular chickens were first bred. In fact the original Black Orpington was bred in 1886 by William Cook]

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