North West Branch12th September 2017 by webspinner
We are now in a very changed world and our meetings are no longer running once a month at Barton Village Hall, Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5HE.
Our branch meetings were known for having a friendly relaxed atmosphere and excellent refreshments were also available.
While we cannot offer virtual refreshments, we are in the process of temporarily converting this site, and all our other branch websites, into a meeting place of sorts.
Watch this space for how YOU can get involved!
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You might be surprised to learn that this is not our original North West Branch.
That closed in about 1980, or rather was absorbed into the Timperley Club.
In turn, that club would too become incorporated, within the Cheshire Branch. But card collecting still flourished in this area, and after almost 30 years, forward stepped Dennis Williams, a member of our Winchester Branch who had newly relocated to the area. With his inspiration breathing new life into dreams of a proper North West Branch, one started to take shape and it rose again in October 2010, when many local dealers and members attended the inaugural meeting.
Sadly this brilliant start would peter out due to difficulties with venues and meeting times, and membership slowly declined. And Dennis Williams died a few years later. But his dreams remained, and we are sure he heartily approved when our current Branch Secretary took the reins in 2012.
[Our featured card is a silk, one of the Town Arms, issued by BDV in 1918. The Lamb is the Lamb of St. Wilfrid, Patron Saint of Preston. There are two letters “P.P.” which locals believe stand for “Proud Preston”. Sadly that is not the case, as the original arms had three “P”s, and when the coat of arms was modernised, one was removed to make it balance better; at the same time the lamb was changed to a laying down position rather than a standing one. The same lamb, but with a cross, is actually used on the Preston North End Football Club badge – and you might not know that that football club was originally a cricket club!]
And many thanks to “Captain Bob” for his assistance!
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