Reading & District Cigarette Card & Postcard Club

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Cameric Cigarette Card Club = 1947 - ? 

The first mention of a club in the Reading area yet discovered appears in The Cameric Cigarette Card Club`s "Notes & News” magazine Vol.2 (New Series) No.4 – copy dated October 1947. And at the bottom of the very first page it states :

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new Cameric Branch, this time at Reading, by Mr. C. W. J. Long.
After contacting about 12 members living in the neighbourhood a meeting was arranged. Unfortunately the holiday season was in full swing and only 3 attended, but it was decided to hold monthly meetings and it is hoped that all members interested will endeavour to make our new venture a success by being present at the next meeting.
Please write for full particulars to Branch Secretary :-
Mr. C. W. J. Long, 87 Salisbury Road, Reading

Here’s wishing our new Branch every success. Such enterprise deserves full support. Good luck to you.                                                                                                                                F.V. BLOWS.

This made Reading the third Cameric Branch, following Bournemouth and Lancashire.

Its next appearance was in Cameric “Notes & News” Vol.2 (New Series) No.5 – dated November 1947. And here it is included within the Branch news section. Sadly for us the section begins by saying that “The latest news of Branch activities will, in future, be included in the Club`s Postal Auction inserts. However they did throw us one breadcrumb by saying that “Branch Secretaries` addresses will continue to appear in “Notes & News” for quick reference”. The write up says :

Reading Branch
This new Branch extends a hearty welcome to collectors and members for miles around to join us at the Trade Union Club, Minister Street, Reading, on Thursday, 18th December, at 7 p.m. Please get in touch with Branch Secretary, Mr. C. W. Long, 87, Salisbury Road, Reading.

From then on if there is a mention it is simply a small monthly snippet giving the Secretary’s address and venue, as above. However in January 1948 (Vol.2 NS No.7) there is a piece which reads :

The third meeting of the Reading Branch was held on 13th November and four members attended. An interesting discussion was held on cards and a system of exchanging on catalogue value, irrespective of condition, was instituted, which works very satisfactorily. It is hoped that more members will attend on 17th December, at 7 p.m., at The Trade Union Club, Minister Street, Reading, Room 4 or 1a, whichever is available. Full particulars from the Branch Secretary Mr. C. W. J. LONG 87 Salisbury Road, Reading

And whilst the front page of Notes & News for February 1948 (Vol.2 NS No.8) simply urges readers to drop a line to the Branch Secretary for particulars of forthcoming meetings, and gives the meeting venue, later on in the same edition there is a report. This says :

Reading Branch
A full attendance on January 15th. Look out London – we are expanding! Six members and one visitor attended. The latter was handed a membership form and by now … ?
An enjoyable programme of exchanging was carried out and it was arranged to book rooms for twelve months ahead.Dates of next meetings in room 1 or 4 : Thursday Feb. 19th and Thursday March 11th at 7.15 p.m. C.W.J. LONG

I next pick their story up courtesy of the L.C.C.C. "Cigarette Card News" for November/December 1954 (Vol.20 No.237) in which there is an advertisement box for the Cameric Cigarette Card Club and it states "Branches in Lancashire (Manchester), Yorkshire (Leeds), Bournemouth and Reading. And apart from adding Branches this advert remains until 1959, which is the last edition I have. However when the Cameric merged with the Cartophilic Society in 1964 Reading was not listed with the Branches which Cartophilic members could now attend, So if anyone has later copies than this, and they see a notice of closure, please let me know....

Cartophilic Society = ? - ? 

Because I have a gap in my library the first mention I have of a Cartophilic Reading Branch is in the "Cartophilic Notes & News" magazine for May/June 1974. However this appears in the transcription of the President`s Report, which was originally delivered at the Annual General Meeting, and that is always a round up of events whihc have transpired at any time since the last ome tok place. The mention of Reading comes under the section on Branches - and it reads :

The old Reading Branch has been reformed under the name of the Reading and Berkshire District Branch [and are] holding meetings at the residence of the Secretary, Mr T. J. Blay, 57 Queensway, Caversham Park Village, Reading, Berkshire. As interest and membership grows, it is hoped to hold meetings in a suitable hall. 

The Reading Branch was also added to the list of Branches, and dates for the remainder of 1974 were included, namely : 

All meetings on Wednesday; 19th June, 4th September, 2nd October (A.G.M.), 6th November, 4th December. All meetings at 7.45 p.m. at the address of the Secretary, who should be contacted beforehand if attendance is intended. 

In November/December of the same year (Vol.5 No.60), there is this very sad news:

Charles Long Reading obituary

This definitely supports the theory that this new version of the Reading Branch was started in October 1973. Whether this was accidentally, or deliberately planned as a tribute to the days of the Cameric Branch are as yet unknown. 

Web Master`s Note : This gap between 1973 and 1997 is because I am waiting to get the index finished and then I can start from scratch gathering details from all my magazines with the index on hand. But I found the above bits whilst hunting for card data! 

We know that by September 1997 we were moved to the Rugby Club at Sonning instead of an undisclosed location in Loddon, Twyford, but we still also met at Charvil Village Hall in Twyford. 

There is a full report of the Club Christmas Party in the Card Times Magazine for February 2000. This reads :

The enthusiastic and immensely organised Reading and District Card Club combined its Christmas party at Charvil Village Hall with its AGM. The Reading club has just over 100 members and manages a monthly attendance of 30-plus. The club also meets twice a month - at Charvil and also at Woodley Airfield Centre. The Reading Christmas festivities included a musical `cabaret` spot by Gerry Wray and a buffet prepared by Margaret Hussey , wife of chairman Ken Hussey, and her band of helpers. 
The club also organised a publicity stall at Maidenhead`s `Leisure Alive` Fair on January 8th, part of its ongoing publicity campaign for the hobby. And the eagerly awaited Annual Reading Jamboree is to be held at the Rivermead Centre on Sunday July 2.

At this time Brian Eighteen was the Secretary. By the way the Woodley Airfield Centre was converted to The Museum of Berkshire Aviation, and this could explain why that venue was lost.

As for our Annual Fair at Rivermead Leisure Centre, well that was cancelled to comply with covid restrictions in June 2020, and after these were relaxed it was announced that it is to undergo major building works - with no firm date for them to end.