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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 tiny river leading through foliage overhanging branches but eventually flowing into the great Thames; an area entirely changed by the Industrial Revolution, and even coming to host the Olympic Games! 

It 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 because of Christmas.

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! 

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. Visit:

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

Our September meeting is still officially our Open Meeting, when we invite any collectors living near enough to come along and see what we do. We also, of course, welcome anyone from other branches who would like to travel down. Our Annual General Meeting is held in October, and here is a brief report

The thirty-eighth Annual General Meeting of the Lea Valley Cigarette Card Club was held on 27 October at North Weald Village Hall. We were delighted to see a good attendance from our members, and a few visitors. We intend to continue with the club, to attract more dealers, and to hold a regular monthly auction with approximately 100 lots, but we need the support of local collectors, especially ones we do not yet know, or ones who do not only collect cards but would consider adding a few to another thematic collection. We would also definitely welcome new, and younger members to take us forward into the 2020s. If any of this sounds like you, please do get in touch, or come along to a future meeting. We would also be interested in hearing from any dealers who would like to pay us a visit with their stock. This might be a great opportunity for a more Northerly dealer to show their stock to a new audience. We also used to have a big postal auction in September but this proved too costly to run. However in the future, with enough support, that too might be reintroduced! 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.

[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. And the Thames Barge itself is a unique mode of transport, appearing on no other river.]


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