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Chilterns Branch

Chilterns Branch

CHILTERNS 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.

Anyone out there remember where?

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