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Established in November 1990, the South Wales Postcard Club has established itself as the postcard presence in South Wales. It meets on the second Thursday of each month (except for August) in Cardiff, usually at Ararat Baptist Church Hall, (Whitchurch Common, Merthyr Rd, Cardiff, CF14 1PT).

A programme of events is organised by the club committee, running from September each year. Primarily the talks are on or around the subject of postcards, but as postcard collectors will know this allows an enormous breadth of scope. Subjects may vary between particular illustrators, history local and international, local authors, and social history.

A typical evening will feature a PowerPoint presentation from a visiting speaker, but often the evening is taken by a club member, and finishes with refreshments. In the Spring we have a board competition, which currently is held biennially, in July the committee organises a visit, (if we are lucky the weather is good!), and in November we now hold our anniversary dinner in some local hostelry.

Twice a year the club organises a Postcard Fair in Cardiff with around twenty dealers, and to coincide with it we also produce 'Cardtalk', the Club newsletter, with contributions from members. If you would like to contact the editor Gareth Thomas, he can be reached through our email address (swpcc@hotmail.com).

Membership

We always welcome new members to the club, where the annual subscription is £8 per annum. New members are made very welcome, and help to enlarge the wide range of interests and collecting habits, already covered by our members. Although we are a postcard club, we are all collectors and usually have more than one string to our bow!!

The Programme

The committee of the S.W.P.C. works hard to construct an annual programme which is varied and enticing. Guest speakers feature, as do club members who volunteer talks on cards from their collections. PowerPoint presentations, in which postcards are able to be projected for maximum impact, are regular features of the club programme.

Always popular are ‘Members’ Evenings’, when, based on a set topic, members bring along cards and show and speak about them in-the-round for a few minutes. The popularity of postcard collecting is increasing, especially as many with an interest in Local History and Family History now begin to realise how old postcards can provide the visual element to their hobby. The thrill of finding a card showing a church, a school, a shop, a colliery or a street with a family connection has to be experienced to be believed.

Anyone seeking further information on The South Wales Postcard Club or postcards as a collecting interest may contact us via the club's email address which is printed at the bottom of this page.

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK: PLEASE NOTE We have taken the decision to cancel all club events and club fair until further notice

Thursday, 9th April, 2020

Chairman's Annual Report, followed by Members’ Evening “You fool”. An opportunity for members to rifle through their collections and find one or two cards which will illustrate this evening’s subject. No doubt some will be closer than others.

SATURDAY, 18th APRIL, 2020 - CANCELLED

Postcard Fair - - Our Spring Postcard Fair will take place at Penylan Community Centre, Penylan Road, Cardiff, CF23 5HW. The fair opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m. Around twenty dealers attend and on offer will be a huge variety of subject and topographical cards, old and modern, plus other paper ephemera. Some parking is available on site, more nearby. Anyone wishing for more information about the fair should contact us through our email address. Maps and directions for those travelling from afar can be provided

Thursday, 14th May, 2020

David Maddox – Women of the Valleys 1900-1920. Club member David returns with an illustrated talk on the roles and status of Valley’s women in the period from the beginning of the twentieth century through to the close of the First World War.

Thursday, 11th June, 2020

Ted Richards – Norman Biggs. Ted who is the Chair of Roath Local History Society will be giving a recently researched talk about Norman Biggs. Norman was one of six Biggs brothers who all played rugby for Cardiff, and became the youngest person to play for Wales, a record he held for over 100 years. His father John Biggs was the owner of the South Wales Brewery, and later the Canton Cross Brewery.

Thursday, 9th July, 2020

Traditionally, the July meeting of the S.W.P.C. is a summer visit and this event marks the end of the current programme. Recent visits have been made to Brecon Mountain Railway, country-houses, gardens, a life-boat station and even a distillery! Last year it was a visit to the South Wales Police Heritage Centre. Walking tours of Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay have been memorable. Details of the summer-evening visit have not yet been confirmed but will be made available in due course. All members are invited as are any non-members who would like to be club guests for this evening.

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The South Wales Postcard Club meets in Cardiff but has a membership that stretches over a wide area of South Wales. We all share an interest in picture postcards, some as a corollary to another interest and some who have become true cartephilliacs absorbed by this early twentieth century phenomenon. With the digital age postcards should have wilted away, and to a certain extent have, but thanks to the collecting fervour of our grandparents and great grandparents we have been left a cornucopia of art and social history, which year after year continues to excite and fascinate.

If you would like to learn more about the joys of collecting postcards why not join us in the South Wales Postcard Club, you will be most welcome.

Richard Phillips Chairman, S.W.P.C. 


Principal Officers

Chairman - Richard Phillips
Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer – Jean Williams
Editor Cardtalk – Gareth Thomas

For further information email: swpcc@hotmail.com