Hants & Dorset Branch1st August 2020 by webspinner
In 1945 we have a record of the Cameric Club having a “Bournemouth Branch”. However in a list of Branches in the “Cameric Notes and News” Volume 10, New Series, May 1956, Bournemouth is not mentioned. Where did it go?
The earliest record of a Cartophilic Society Branch is in 1988 when we were meeting at Corfe Mullen Village Hall, which was located behind the Co-Op. We met one Sunday of every month except for August, between the hours of 2 and 4.30pm; and our secretary was Mr Chris Pozzetti. We were definitely meeting there before 1988 though.
In 1997, we were one of three co-hosting branches involved with the Cartophilic Convention; the other two were Hants and Surrey 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 then moved to St. Pauls Church Hall, (that’s next to ASDA), Culliford Crescent, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 9DW. Our monthly meetings ran from 1.30 – 4.30 pm and often included local and national dealers, plus we also encouraged our members to bring spare cards for disposal.
When we realised our April 2020 meeting clashed with Easter Sunday we had moved it to the following week. Little did we realise that this move would not be needed, nor that our March meeting would be our last, possibly for some time. The current situation also led to the cancellation of the Society`s own Convention in Salisbury, which we were so proud to be co-hosting. But should things return to normality by 2022, we will welcome you all then.
[Our featured card is by Lambert & Butler – from the 1926 set of “Motor Index Marks”. This is a really attractive set showing local views as well as the registration letters which at that time denoted where any car on the road had been registered. However its title can suggest that it is a set showing cars. One note of warning. This set has been reproduced for commercial sale and framing. The reproduction cards do carry wording to this effect, but do be careful if you are offered a mint set at a bargain rate.]
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