Kent Card Club12th September 2017 by Michele Auborn
Secretary: 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 “East Kent Branch”, run by our current secretary, which was based in Canterbury and met at the Chaucer Club – and “North Kent Cigarette Card Club”, run by Bob Hogben, which was based in Orpington and met 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 location, we decided to use the North Kent venue –
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; you can get a bus or train to the centre of Bromley, or in to Central London – only 25 minutes away. If you are travelling in by car, the halls offer free on-site parking. If you need any other information, or a map, the Halls have their own website – click 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, 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 some packets and tins from time to time.
And please don`t forget our famous Christmas Special Meeting. This starts at 10am and ends at 4pm, and its an all day extravaganza packed with wonderful cards and ephemera for you to buy; the raffle is 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!
By the way, if anyone reading this is a card dealer, and would like to show their stocks to new hunters, please contact us.
By the way, to our current dealers, many thanks for all your support this year, 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 know that all our “staff” give their time and effort for free, and though Tony won The Member of The Year Trophy at the Convention in Nottingham this year, there are lots of behind the scenes people who also deserve to be included on the award.
Our meeting times have now been altered for the Winter Season, 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?
[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]
A dilemma. Imagine you are, or know a card collector who lives outside the UK, who would be really interested to join us, were it not for the high cost of the overseas subscription? If only there was a way to reduce this cost. And now there is!
Where does the time go! I am writing this in the week before Christmas, and another year has flown by. By the time you get this we will be in to 2020, so I hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
All card and ephemera collectors make a note in your diary now because our next card convention will take place on SATURDAY 25th and SUNDAY 26th APRIL 2020 at FIVE RIVERS LEISURE CENTRE, HULSE ROAD, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE SP1 3NR ❄️❄️
Anyone want to buy a large cricket collection. Only joking! That is what I wrote on the Saturday afternoon of the 3rd Ashes Test. As you will know, England managed a magnificent 67 all out in their 1st innings, with only Root and Bairstow out to goo