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Sussex Branch

R & J Hill Views of Interest 2nd Series (1938) Card No.57 Lewes Castle

R & J Hill Views of Interest 2nd Series (1938)
Card No.57 Lewes Castle


Secretary: Ivan Elliott
Tel: 01273 400024

Welcome to The Sussex Branch ! We cannot promise it will always be Sunny Sussex, but we can assure all card collectors of a warm and friendly welcome to our virtual site, and one day to our meetings!


We used to meet once a month at Chailey Parish Hall, Chailey Green Road, Chailey Green, Lewes BN8 4DA. It was a very well equipped hall, with very good disabled access, situated on the A 275 road, and right next to the Five Bells public house – so keep an eye out for its inn sign, which has five actual bells in a domino pattern, and every time you pass, think of, and remember us. And wait for our return!


May 21st 2018 was our first birthday in our reincarnated state. In this, thanks are due to Ivan Elliott, for it is he who  brought The Society back to Sussex, with a great team and at this brand new venue. Ivan has been a Cartophilic Society member since he joined our Hants and Surrey branch, which was not long after it opened in the early 1980s.

About the same time, our original Sussex Branch had also started; at that time it was run by a group of collectors led by the late Gordon Brayne. Some of you may recognise this name and rightly know him for his card research and authorship skills; in fact his excellent work on South American cards can still be borrowed from our Society Library (its item S59) That Sussex Branch unfortunately closed some years later, but it was revived one year later by Granville Elliot (who is coincidentally no relation to Ivan), and Granville ran it successfully for a further twelve years. During that time, meetings were taking place at the Baptist Hall in Hangleton Way, and The Neville public house in Neville Road, both of these venues being in Hove.

We wonder if any of our readers remember going to either of these places on the third Tuesday of every month and would like to share their memories?

WinterGardensDuring this time the Branch also hosted the 2004 Cartophilic Society Convention, at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne – and here is a snapshot of the venue adorned with the official Society banner. In fact Gordon Brayne was made an honorary life member at that event. And do you still remember those “Yellow Perils”? In case you don`t, this referred to the new Branch Sweatshirts, created specially for the occasion, which were much in evidence, buzzing all around the convention, helping speed up the queues of collectors trying to gain admission, running the raffle, and even valuing cards which had been brought in by locals after a “Cartophilic Roadshow” had been advertised on local media. And reportedly some good finds turned up, along with some new collectors who attended monthly meetings, but sadly this was not enough and the Branch closed in 2015.

But now…. we look to the future! And we invite all  collectors in the area to get in touch, find out what we do, and hopefully become part of our club before the grand re-opening. And do tell us that you saw us here

Our Featured Card: this is the reverse of the card at the top of this page. Issued by R & J Hill, of Shoreditch in London and Birmingham, these cards were originally inserted in packets of “Sunripe” and “Spinet Oval” Cigarettes, and were hand coloured real photographs. This particular “Views of Interest”, shows local landmark Lewes Castle

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