Maidstone Postcard Club

Founded November 1977 

The Archbishop's Palace and All Saints Church in Maidstone

Welcome to the web site for the Maidstone Postcard Club!

History

Membership

Programme

Principle Officers

Competition

Collecting Postcards

Club Meetings

The club holds monthly meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month (unless the Monday falls into Holy Week, when it is either the 3rd Tuesday or 4th Monday). The meetings are held at St Paul's Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone, and start at 7pm till 10pm. Our meetings usually consist of chat and browsing dealer's stock until 8pm, when the main business of the evening commences. The minutes of the previous meeting are read, and new announcements made. Our presenter for the evening then takes the floor until about 9:15pm, and then more chat and buying until the end of the evening. Refreshments are served during the evening.

Our Chairman Tony Davis always brings his stock of Postcards and ephemera, and quite often other dealers such as Bill Kingsman appear with their cards. Entrance to the first meeting is FREE, and we hope to entice you to become a member for a very reasonable annual fee. Please telephone the Secretary Keith Hursy (01622 717037) for further details.

 

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History

The club was formed in 1977 by 10 people with an interest in postcards and collecting. The first meeting was held on 22nd November at the Crest Furniture Showrooms in the Mid Kent Shopping Centre, Allington [a mile from the centre of Maidstone] belonging to Chris Easton, who was instantly voted on as Chairman! The 10 founder members were:

Chris Easton, Eileen Easton, Eric Baldock, Kay Baldock, Irene Hales, Tom Hales, Kim Hales, Audrey Hodge, John Dann and Karen Arthurs. Irene was the first Secretary, her husband Tom the Treasurer, and Eric the News Editor.

Meetings started every third Tuesday of the month with an annual subscription of 1 to cover costs, and within 3 months the attendance had risen to 29 members. Very soon the membership had outgrown the Crest Showrooms, and the club moved to a room in the nearby Allington Castle on 16th May 1978. At the meeting, Bernard Mundel (who travelled up from Hythe to each meeting) presented a silver salver that was "to be awarded annually to the winner of a simple competition for members."

 In the early days of the club, topics for discussion and display included cards by Young and Cooper, publishers in the Maidstone area, Bamforth Song Cards, Hop Picking, and Salmon Artists.

By June 1978, 46 members had joined the club, and speakers from all parts of the UK came to talk on their chosen subject. A club dinner was first organised for the 14th November 1978 at the Thomas Wyatt in London Road, and 33 members assembled for "a most enjoyable dinner." After the dinner, Irene Hales was the first to be presented with the Bernard Mundel Trophy for her winning entry ' The Hop Story of Kent.' Later in the year, this same entry by Irene won 2nd prize in the Politics and Social History section of BIPEX (the forerunner of the Picture Postcard Show in London). At the end of the first year, the club had grown to 62 members, and was now urgently looking for a new home, as the rooms at the Castle were not large enough!

On 23rd April 1979, the club moved to it's current home, St Paul's Hall in Boxley Road, and meetings were moved to the third Monday of each month, where the club continued to flourish, the membership at one point reaching more than 80! Interestingly, around this time, Terry Hougham (a dealer from Canterbury ) was offering to purchase Young and Copper Hop Picking cards for 2 each! I wonder what the equivalent price would be these days! Founder member Eric Baldock is still associated with the club, and at one time or another since 1977, has held most of the major posts in the club!

On the formation of other clubs such as the South East Kent Postcard Club (based in Canterbury) in 1980, some members left to join those clubs as they were closer to their homes. Since then, membership has been fairly constant at about 45-50 members, with 20-25 regularly coming along to the monthly meetings, and all of the regular events such as the auction and fairs are a permanent part of the club's year. Visits to and from other postcard and philatelic clubs are arranged regularly, with Ashford, Canterbury and New Romney clubs most popular.

The Club Postcard came into being in 1988, when a view of the Archbishops Palace and All Saints Church photographed by Arthur Monk, was converted into a postcard. Last year, current Chairman Tony Davis updated the postcard, and we now have 4 views of the Maidstone of today - including the famous Shaun the Sheep!

In recognition of her services to the club, Irene Hales was made an Honorary Member in 1989. Bernard Mundel was similarly recognised a few years later. After the 25th Anniversary in 2002, the founder members were all made life members of the club, and presented with certificates. In August 2004, retiring Secretary Ron Kemp was also made an Honorary Life Member.

 

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Membership of the Club

We welcome new members to the club, where the annual subscription is 5 per annum, and 2.50 for schoolchildren. A new subscription rate of 3 per annum has recently been introduced for postal only members. New members are always made very welcome, and soon settle in to the malicious gossip and heated debates that are so popular in the club. Seriously though - this is a happy club where the members have a wide range of interests and collecting habits, all of whom have a story or two to tell! The Treasurer will be pleased to accept your membership and issue you with our combined programme and membership card. An entry charge of 1 is made for all non-members to help with speakers expenses, this is refunded if you become a member on the night.

 

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Programme for 2011

DATE

Subject

Presenter

17th January

"P" is for...

Members Evening

21st February

Antique Memories

Bill Buck

21st March

Pub Signs

Heather Rooke

11th April

Club Auction

16th May

Evening Postcard Fair (St. Paul's Hall)

 

20sh June

Old Firms of Maidstone

Andrew Clarke

18th July

Carrying the Mails

Avis Harms

15th August

Members Interests

Members Evening

19th September

Malayan Postcards

Brian Richardson

17th October

Aviation

Jim Preston

22nd October

All Day Fair (Grove Green Community Centre)

21st November

AGM

 

November

Annual Meal

To be Arranged

19th December

Chairman's Christmas Celebration

Tony Davis

 

Programme for 2012

DATE

Subject

Presenter

16th January

"Q" is for...

Members Evening

 

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Officers for 2011

The following people were elected officers of the club at the AGM held in November 2010:

Chairman - Tony Davis; Vice-Chairman - Myrtle Newsom; Secretary - Myrtle Newsom; Minutes Secretary Rosemary Dellar; Treasurer Ron Kemp; Programme Secretary - Keith Hursey; Newsletter Editor - Vacant; Website Editor - Tony Davis; Fairs Secretary - Janet Dunk; Committee Members - David Rawlins; Annual Competition - Janice Brunning;  Raffle - Irene Hales; Refreshments - Julie Lester.

 

Principle Officers of the club from 1977:

DATE

Chairman

Secretary

Treasurer

Newsletter Editor

Programme Secretary

1977

Chris Easton

Irene Hales

Tom Hales

Eric Baldock

-

1978

Chris Easton

Irene Hales

Tom Hales

Eric Baldock

-

1979

Chris Easton

Irene Hales

Tom Hales

Eric Baldock

-

1980

Chris Easton

Irene Hales

Tom Hales

Eric Baldock

-

1981

Chris Easton

Irene Hales

Tom Hales

Eric Baldock

-

1982

Chris Easton

Irene Hales

Eric Baldock

Nova Saunders

-

1983

Chris Easton

Irene Hales

Eric Baldock

-

-

1984

Chris Easton

Irene Hales

Eric Baldock

-

-

1985

John Taylor

Irene Hales

Eric Baldock

-

-

1986

John Taylor

Irene Hales

Eric Baldock

Phillipa Monk

-

1987

John Taylor

Irene Hales

Eric Baldock

Phillipa Monk

-

1988

Eric Baldock

Irene Hales

Arthur Monk

Phillipa Monk

-

1989

Eric Baldock

Phillipa Hoad

Arthur Monk

-

-

1990

Eric Baldock

Phillipa Hoad

Arthur Monk

-

-

1991

Eric Baldock

Phillipa Hoad

Arthur Monk

-

-

1992

Tony Davis

Kath Knowles

Arthur Monk

-

-

1993

Tony Davis

Kath Knowles

Arthur Monk & Derek Knowles

-

Janice Brunning

1994

Tony Davis

Kath Knowles

Derek Knowles

-

Janice Brunning

1995

Tony Davis

Kath Knowles

Derek Knowles

-

Janice Brunning

1996

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Alan Abrahams

1997

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Alan Abrahams

1998

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Alan Abrahams

1999

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Keith Hursey

2000

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Keith Hursey

2001

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Keith Hursey

2002

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Keith Hursey

2003

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Keith Hursey

2004

Tony Davis

Ron Kemp

Derek Knowles

Ron Kemp

Keith Hursey

2005

Tony Davis

Roger Vidler

Derek Knowles

Roger Vidler

Keith Hursey

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Tony Davis

Tony Davis

Tony Davis

Tony Davis

Tony Davis

Tony Davis

Roger Vidler

Roger Vidler

Rogar Vidler

K & S Hursey

K & S Hursey

Myrtle Newsom

Derek Knowles

Mike Thompson

Janice Brunning

Janice Brunning

Janice Brunning

Ron Kemp

Roger Vidler

Roger Vidler

Roger Vidler

Keith Hursey

Keith Hursey

Keith Hursey

Keith Hursey

Keith Hursey

Keith Hursey

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Competitions

DATE

Bernard Mundel Competition Winner

Subject

Annual Postcard Competition

1978

Irene Hales

"The Hop Story of Kent"

-

1979

Karen Arthurs

"The Story of Beatrix Potter"

-

1980

Irene Hales

"The History of the Postcard"

-

1981

Chris Easton

"Hare Coursing"

-

1982

Not awarded

-

-

1983

 

 

-

1984

Jean Turner

 

-

1985

Arthur Monk

"Bobby on the Beat"

-

1986

Jean Turner

"Hurdy Gurdies and Barrel Organs"

-

1987

Dave Betts

"A Yard of Pride"

-

1988

Jean Turner

"Dr Barnardo's Homes"

-

1989

Bernard Mundel

"War in the Air and Naval Air Service"

-

1990

Bernard Mundel

"The Handcross Disaster"

-

1991

Tony Davis

"Maidstone Shops"

-

1992

 

 

-

1993

Tony Davis

"Week Street"

Kath Knowles

1994

Tony Davis

"Naval Life"

Ron Kemp

1995

Graham Fullalove

"Le Mans"

Robin Walton

1996

Lesley Fullalove

"Our Two Villages"

Eric Philp

1997

Alan Collins

"Yalding"

Michelle Bright

1998

Janice Brunning

 

David Chambers

1999

Janice Brunning

"Typewriters on PC's"

Derek Knowles

2000

Janice Brunning

"Hands"

Kath Knowles

2001

Kath Knowles

"London Markets"

Myrtle Newson

2002

Nigel Viner

"Greetings from Maidstone"

John Crunden

2003

Nigel Viner

"Teachers"

Irene Hales

2004

Nigel Viner

"RIP"

Julie Lester

2005

Nigel Viner

"A Postcard 123"

Irene Hales

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Mike Thompson

Janice Brunning

Tony Davis

Janice Brunning

 

"Village of Rolvendon"

"Village of Lenham"

"Week Street Maidstone"

"Old Lenham"

 

Sylvia Hursey

Janice Brunning

Ken Thom

Julie Lester

 

 

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