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Chiltern Branch


Chilterns branch no longer exists, but records tell us their Annual General Meeting in May of 1980 was presided over by the Chairman J. M. Young

In July 1980 an article appeared in the Cartophilic Notes and News concerning their branch fair and auction in Aylesbury on Sunday May 18. This could possibly be the same event as the AGM, as it includes reference to the fact that Clifford Duge and Fred Piper came up from London, John Walton and Len Matthews from Hampshire, and several of the West Country Branch also attended as guests. In fact, even John Knowles came down from Timperley.

The auction started at 11am, it comprised a hundred lots and only six were not sold. The meeting brought lots of enquiries from local collectors about joining the club and the society. It was also announced that this would be the last meeting attended by Terry Davies, who had been secretary, as he was moving down to Hampshire.

According to my gleanings, Mr P. F. Meyer of Marlow was the secretary at one time, but whether before or after Mr Davies I have no idea.

Branch meetings took place on the second Monday of the month, at 7.30pm – apart from September when meetings moved to the first Monday, and December, when they held an Annual Christmas Dinner, not a meeting.

We do have a reference to these meetings being based at the Holford Centre, off School Lane, Stanton St John, near Oxford. However, this site was the village school up until the mid 1980s, and only renamed the Holford Centre once that closed, so they must have met somewhere prior.

We have just been sent a clipping of meeting notes from April 13, 1982. This does not give a location, but mentions lots of new faces among the familiar regulars and guests from Hampshire, and says another good attendance was recorded. They seemed to have dealers at the meeting, who were asked to close for the actual club business. In addition members having bought interesting items since the last meeting were invited to bring them along for others to look at; the highlight of this meeting seems to have been a good collection of Fry’s Advertising postcards. They also ran Branch auctions, and they must have maintained a reference library, as they remark the February auction had been most successful, and a small profit had been made which was to be spent on World Index Part Four for that Branch Library. The profit had mostly been garnered from an assemblage of “type” cards, which were all sold, and sold well, with much spirited bidding. On a sad note, one of the founders James Young was relocating and moving to Kent, so he would no longer be able to attend the meetings he had fought so hard to start, or be involved with publishing the monthly club newsletter, though he promised to finish the one in hand.

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