Cheshire Branch used to meet on the second Sunday of every month starting at 10 am at Larkhill Community Centre in Thorley Lane, Timperley WA15 7AZ. At the moment this is acting as a vaccination centre so the Branch is unable to meet. You can see this at http://www.larkhillcentre.org.uk/ where the usual maps and directions, history of the hall, and visual tour of the area have been replaced by an information page. However, once duty is done, we will return.
This Branch was founded in 2011, after the closure of Timperley, which you can read about below. It owes its existence to John Drew, who was the son of a card dealer from Bridgewater Somerset - this was actually W.W. Drew, from West Country Branch - who decided that a club for card collectors in the Cheshire area must continue. He found a small room at the High Lane Conservative Club, and contacted his former friends from Timperley, hoping that they would be able to tell any former members that he did not have the details for. After a while he discovered that the Larkhill Community Centre in Timperley was available to use, and the Branch moved there in April 2012. Thanks to his efforts, Cheshire is now one of the largest Society Branches, and he was made a life member of the Cartophilic Society at our Southport Convention in 2014. Sadly he died in April 2020 but the club continues to remember him with everything they do.
Timperley Card Collectors Club
This was a non-affiliated club founded by John Knowles of Hale in Cheshire in 1978. Their first Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday the 11th of March 1979, which seems to point to March being the starting month. As a souvenir of this event, regular attenders were given a set of Tommy Gunn “Medals”, but with a difference as they had the usual plain backs specially overprinted with “TIMPERLEY CARD COLLECTORS Presented to a Timperley Regular on the occasion of the first A.G.M. held on Sunday, 11th March, 1979. John Knowles.”
The September/October 1985 edition of “Cartophilic Notes and News” (Vol.13, No.133, p3713) gives more details of this club, said to be a success story from the North, where “John Knowles has successfully created the World`s largest card club”. They had well-attended meetings, and auctions with the sort of stock that encouraged attendance from all corners of the land. And they were also the first card club to hold a two day event.
In the July-August 1987 edition of “CNN” (No.144, p.3996 - its volume 14, but this information is missing from the magazine), a half page advert appeared for the club’s 9th Annual Rally, on Sunday September 13th, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. This was to be attended by forty-two dealers, and there would be a major auction, to include sets of Taddy “Clowns”, Singleton “Atlantic Liners”, Wills “Soldiers” with the drummer, Woods “Yeomanry”, Faulkner “Kings & Queens”, Hudden “Boxers”, South Wales Tobacco “London” etc., plus types Wills “Collotypes”, Taddy “Klondyke”, rare cricket, etc.
In 1999 they even hosted the Cartophilic Society Convention at Winsford. The commemorative card for that year was based on Alice in Wonderland, because, as the reverse tells us, Lewis Carroll was a Cheshire man. However in 2011 came the sad announcement that John Knowles could not continue beyond the end of that year and the club closed.