New date for Shepton 2016

Next year’s Festival of Cards at the Bath and West Show Ground, Shepton Mallet, will be a week later than initially planned.

Organiser Barrie Rollinson has moved the event back a week because the venue is no longer available when he wanted it.

The fair is now being held on February 26 and 27, 2016. It was initially due to be on February 19/20.

This year’s Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club’s Annual Fair at Rivermead Leisure Centre is another full-house.

The Berkshire club rightly prides itself on attracting many ‘smaller’ dealers who don’t stall out at major fairs but has also booked up top sellers from around the country. It’s being held on June 21.

A big year for anniversaries

It’s a big year for anniversaries for Britain this year – and PPM will be there every step of the way.

Of course, we have already had the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, and we will be paying a small postcard tribute to the great wartime leader in our September issue, to mark the end of World War Two.

And coming up we have the:

  • 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, agreed by King John on June 15, 1215
  • 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, fought on Sunday June 18, 1815
  • 600th anniversary of Agincourt, October 25, 1415.

Of course, postcards were not around at the time of the above three events – but there were plenty of cards associated with Waterloo and you’ll be able to see what we have done with these in our first issue, in May 2015.

In June, there will be an article about the Magna Carta, and in September we will have a feature with a twist on Agincourt

It just goes to show the value of postcards in not only capturing life in the present – but giving us an insight into the lives not only of previous generations but also recording events of centuries ago.

But we don’t want you to think we are fixated on just military events of the past.

We will be carrying plenty of other stories to reflect the sometimes unique resource that postcards offer in all sides of social history, both at home and abroad.

Taking PPM Forward

We firmly believe that if something ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.

And we don’t believe in change for changes sake either.

We believe that most of you like the feel of the existing magazine and we know that a number of existing regular features are highly valued by the readers. That said, after the first change in ownership for 35 years, it would be strange if we didn’t try to put our own stamp on things.

We will look to do this gently. We have already introduced some changes to PPM, but, apart from some initial changes to its appearance, we won’t make too many major decisions about the content until we have got the views of you, our readers.

So fairly early into our ownership, we intend to survey you – both via the magazine and our website – about your favourite features in PPM, and ask also if there are some aspects of the magazine that you are less keen on.

In our third issue, July 2015, we will be answering some of the many questions that we have already had about our future intentions. We will run this feature on the website too, after it has appeared in the magazine.

But we are already committed to keeping the following:

  • The Picture Postcard Puzzle pages – which we hope to expand
  • Postbag – we will be introducing a Letter of the Month
  • Clubscene – we will announce details of a new change later in 2015.

Details to follow, but some new occasional features for the future include

–        The story behind the postcard

–        Trio – a story about three postcards

–        The Lost Theatres of England

–        Pointless postcards

–        Animal Magic.

Do you have an idea for an article that you would like to read about – or would like to contribute? Please email info@picturepostcardmagazine@co.uk