Nottingham & East Midlands

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Nottingham & East Midlands Branch meet at the West Bridgford Conservative Club, Rectory Road, West Bridgford NG2 6BG. Their meetings are on the fourth Thursday of every other month, from 7.30 until 9.30 pm. 


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Our Branch seems to have been founded in the 1990s by David Hunter. At first it met bi-monthly, on Thursdays, at 7.30 - 9.30 pm 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 we moved to The West Bridgford Conservative Club, 28 Rectory Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6BG. We 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, we proudly hosted their Annual Convention and AGM at the Harvey Hadden Centre in Nottingham. And here is the Commemorative card for that event

1998 Convention Commemorative Card

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 of the castle on the hill which featured so prominently in its advertising is visible from most of the surroundings. 

We also hosted in 2006, when the Society President was Derek Jenkins, Robin Short Convention Organiser, and Tony Gardner now a Councillor Emeritus. This was the card given away that year, and it also provides a little more about the founding of our Branch.

2006 Convention Commemorative Card

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. 

2019 Convention Commemorative Card

Luckily this change was made before this card was produced but you can see that some advertising materials had been issued with the wrong venue, you can see those at

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. 




The East Midlands Branch - 2000?

Now all I know of this is that in the Card Times magazine for January 2000, there is a listing for "East Midlands Branch". There is no mention of Nottingham, and they are recorded as meeting at the Brunswick Inn in Derby, on January 7th and March 6th 2000, both of which were Mondays. 

Anyone out there remember this ?