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Hants and Surrey Branch

Hants and Surrey Branch

1980 – Present Day

Our branch was formed in 1980.

In the February 1981 edition of Cartophilic Notes and News a report appeared to say “The third meeting of the [Hants and Surrey] branch took place on the afternoon of Sunday Dec 14 at Church Crookham. Attendance was around twenty members, a few being absent. Three members of the Reading Branch also attended. The Chairman, John Walton, also welcomed Gordon Newman and Derek Jenkins who were attending for the first time. The Branch had been boosted by a £25 grant to augment previous auction proceeds. John Walton gave a short report on the December Council meeting and there was discussion of a branch fair and auction to be organised perhaps in the summer of 1981. They had an auction of 44 lots, followed by refreshments. The next meeting was to be at 2.30 on Sunday the 14th of February 1981, and venues for the next four meetings were also fixed”.

This branch fair did take place, somewhere in Fleet, in September 1981. It was so successful that on Sunday June 13, 1982, a similar event took place, but at a different venue, The Stoke Hotel, Stoke Road, Guildford. The doors opened at 10.30am and ended at 5pm. Several dealers were there, and an auction. We only have advanced advertising on the auction, which says there was to be 150-200 good quality lots and the sale would start at 2.15, with time for viewing beforehand.

For some considerable time we have been meeting on every second Sunday of the month, at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, GU3 2DD, an attractive hall with interesting history of its own – check out

We have always hosted regular Branch Meetings which started at 2pm, usually lasted for a couple of hours and were a great way to meet local card collectors and chat about your collections without the hustle and bustle of an all day extravaganza – and Quarterly Fairs which started at 10am, and lasted all day. We used to have local and national dealers, much praised cups of tea and coffee, and we used to have no VAT, no Buyers Premium, 300+ lot auctions, expertly curated by our much missed friend, Vernon, an Auction Organiser and Grader for 35 years. These auctions started at 2.30 and ended about 4pm at the latest.

In 1997, we were one of three co-hosting branches involved with the Cartophilic Convention; the other two were Hants and Dorset and Winchester and Solent. We are all mentioned on the most attractive commemorative card showing three ocean liners, a familiar sight in the area, from a wonderful drawing by Paul Merchant.

We also co-hosted the 2009 Society Convention with London Branch. It was The Society`s first visit to Surrey. Our venue was the Xcel Centre in Walton-Upon-Thames. We are not sure why we picked Walton on Thames. Anyone out there remember? This event was also a changeover of Society Presidents; Derek Jenkins was retiring and John Walton taking over.

Sadly we must record that Vernon Young passed away on Thursday the 20th February, a very sad loss of a Friend to us all, a Gentleman who it was a privilege to have met. Clearly our heart felt thoughts are with Rhoda his Wife of many years. Vernon’s contribution to the Hants & Surrey Club stretches back many years and we will inevitably need to work very hard to keep the Club in good shape and to honour his memory. Vernon’s dedication to tasks in the Cartophilic Society is legendary and I’m sure that many others more qualified than I will want to write about that. Graham Wright 

We were prevented from holding meetings due to the lockdown but we did hold an auction in October 2020. The catalogue for that was uploaded to the Society website and was inserted in loose leaf form as part of their printed magazine.

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