Nottingham & East Midlands

Current status: Active

This Branch seems to have been founded in 1990 by David Hunter. At first it met bi-monthly, on Thursdays, at 7.30pm-9.30pm at the Royal British Legion Club, in Gotham, Nottingham. Many years ago, and just into the Second World War, a blacksmith operated from a little thatched building on the site, and once the remaining men came home it became a kind of meeting place. The building burnt down in the 1950s, but it was decided to rebuild it as a proper club under the Royal British Legion banner.

At some time it moved to The West Bridgford Conservative Club, 28 Rectory Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6BG. They still kept to the same day and start time, though some members liked to get there earlier, but closed earlier at 9pm. There was a guest dealer at every meeting, and members were encouraged to come along and exchange their unwanted cards. There were an average of around 10 to 12 members each time, and good time to have a look at all of the cards on offer without feeling too overwhelmed or panicked, as well as do a few exchanges, and enjoy a good chat.

In 1998, which was the Cartophilic Society`s Sixtieth Anniversary, the Branch proudly hosted their Annual Convention and AGM at the Harvey Hadden Centre in Nottingham. Ted Knight was President and Tony Gardner Convention Organiser. This event was in Nottingham for the first time, even though the area seems one of the spiritual homes of Cartophily, being the home of John Player, and the castle on the hill which featured so prominently in its advertising is visible from most of the surroundings. They also hosted in 2006, when the Society President was Derek Jenkins, Robin Short Convention Organiser, and Tony Gardner now a Councillor Emeritus. And David Hunter himself was there, stalling out as one of the sixty dealers, though this was his final time. However he was only stopping to give himself more to devote more time and effort into publishing and researching his fine series of military cards. Another friendly face belonged to David Stuckey, celebrating his 100th edition of Card Times Magazine. And the hat-trick for the Branch came in 2019, after a quick change, when they were advised to move from the original venue of a former television studio now part of Nottingham University, to the De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre. The change was made after advertising materials had been issued, see:
https://cartophilic-info-exch.blogspot.com/2019/01/cartophilic-society-of-great-britain.html

This last venue saw another first, the premiere of the Society`s new “swap area” scheme, where anyone could bring in Pokémon and Panini/Match Attax 2018/19 season cards and swap them for others they needed. The scheme was mainly to attract new younger collectors, but a range of ages were interested, and the tables saw steady swapping all day.