Lea Valley

Current status: Active

We were founded in 1980. Our first Annual General Meeting took place in October 1981.

For some years now we have been located at North Weald Village Hall, 40 High Rd, North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16 6BU. Its technically in Essex but within easy reach of East London, in fact it’s only about 20 miles from Central London.

Military and Aeroplane enthusiasts will know North Weald best for its R.A.F. Station, a Battle of Britain fighter base which during WW2 was involved in the Defence of London and sent Hawker Hurricanes to Dunkirk; from the late 1940s till its closure in the 1960s RAF jets were based there; even today it is used by many historic aircraft. The base was actually opened in 1916/17 by the Royal Flying Corps, and continued to see building work throughout the inter-war period, reopening again in the late 1920s. At its height it covered over 400 acres. Look out for the most attractive village sign which actually features a Hurricane, paying tribute to all the fliers and flights which have passed through.

We are proud to add our own tribute, from Brooke Bond Tea’s “History of Aviation” – card number 26. The set was originally issued in 1965, then re-issued in 1972, due to the increasing demand for older sets. Remember swapping Brooke Bond cards at school?

The Village Hall itself has a large main hall with a capacity of 150 head, plus a licensed bar and committee room and a large car park directly behind. Visit: www.northwealdvillagehall.org

These photos were all taken at our former regular meetings, which used to take place from 10am on the fourth Sunday of every month, except December, (moved to the 3rd Sunday because of Christmas).

Our September meeting is still officially our Open Meeting, when we invite any collectors living near enough to come along and see what we do. We also, of course, welcome anyone from other branches who would like to travel down. Our Annual General Meeting will still hopefully be held in October, and here is a brief report from last year

The thirty-eighth Annual General Meeting of the Lea Valley Cigarette Card Club was held on 27 October at North Weald Village Hall. We were delighted to see a good attendance from our members, and a few visitors. We intend to continue with the club, to attract more dealers, and to hold a regular monthly auction with approximately 100 lots, but we need the support of local collectors, especially ones we do not yet know, or ones who do not only collect cards but would consider adding a few to another thematic collection. We would also definitely welcome new, and younger members to take us forward into the 2020s. If any of this sounds like you, please do get in touch, or come along to a future meeting. We would also be interested in hearing from any dealers who would like to pay us a visit with their stock. This might be a great opportunity for a more Northerly dealer to show their stock to a new audience. We also used to have a big postal auction in September but this proved too costly to run. However in the future, with enough support, that too might be reintroduced! We do make a small charge for visitors but our annual subscription is just £15, which entitles members to free entry at all of our club meetings.

[Our featured card is a Thames Barge, no. 30 from Nicolas Sarony & Co`s 1929 “Ships of All Ages”. It represents a time when the valley towpaths were busy with horses, pulling barges of cargo. And the Thames Barge itself is a unique mode of transport, appearing on no other river.]