Car parking advice for big Reading show

Britain’s biggest club-organised postcard fair is hoping to avoid a repeat of the car park confusion which baffled some collectors last year.

Reading & District Cigarette Card & Postcard Club has an impressive list of more than 75 dealers lined up for its annual fair at the Rivermead Leisure Centre on Sunday July 1, from 9-30am-4-30pm.

Club spokesman Roy Sheppard said: “At last year’s event some understandable unfavourable comments regarding the mystery of the car parking system and charges were reported.

“We would like to clarify the situation in advance this year. The club cannot change or influence the car parking charges or arrangements as the car park is run by a commercial private company which set the charges and conditions.

“The park operates on an automatic number plate recognition system, the minute you drive in a photo is recorded of your car number plate, and on leaving the same applies, hence your total time stay is noted against your vehicle registration number.

“There is only one pay station, at the main entrance to the sports centre – not at the side doors leading into the fair. There are two pay machines there and you will have to enter your car registration number and payment for your estimated duration of stay.

“Leisure centre staff will be available at the pay machine to advise and minimise any queuing with additional auxiliary hand held machines for the first hour.”

The covered over (hooded) pay machines belong to Reading council and are not in use.

The Sunday charges are up to 30 minutes – free; up to 3 hours – £1; up to 5 hours – £2.50; and over 5 hours – £5. The 30 free minutes are not included as an addition to your pre-paid time stay.

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Wirral Postcards & Local History Fair on June 9

Wirral Postcard Club, which makes a donation to a local charity after every one of its fairs, is staging its next event on June 9, from 10am-4pm at Thornton Hough Village Hall in Manor Road.

It will be selling local photos, ephemera and books as well as postcards.

Please note this fair is on Saturday June 9 – and NOT Sunday June 9 as incorrectly stated in the April issue of PPM.

Call 0151 608 7611 or email for details.

April Picture Postcard Monthly out today

The April issue of PPM is available from today (Thursday March 22) – when it will be delivered to most subscribers’ homes.

You can order your copy from us, or it will be available from selected dealers at fairs around the country, including the Festival of Cards at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which is being held tomorrow and Saturday (March 23/24).

Major stories in this edition include an in-depth look at Britain’s first postcard magazine, which started 116 years ago, the postcard world of King Edward VII, the Goring-on-Thames floods of 1903, the World War One hero and Victoria Cross recipient whose life was saved by a packet of postcards in his top pocket, famous wooden buildings on postcards, a look at The Netherlands from the air,  the cartoonist and satirist Martin Anderson (known as Cynicus), and how photographers in the Golden Age helped turn those daytime views into night scenes.

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The postcard world heads to Somerset

Hundreds of postcard collectors are set to descend on the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset for the world’s biggest fair for the hobby.

Organiser Barrie Rollinson has got around 140 dealers, a number travelling from overseas, booked for the two-day event which starts tomorrow (Friday March 23) and is open from 10am-6pm.

It ends on Saturday, when the opening hours are 9.30am-4pm.

Dealers from eastern Europe, North America, France, Germany and Holland are among the foreign continent.

Visit for more information. Admission is £4 on Friday and £2 on Saturday.

‘New’ postcard fair set for Berkshire

Neil Baldry has organised three new fairs at Twyford in Berkshire this year.

Weeks after cancelling a planned fair at Maidenhead, which was originally scheduled for March 11, Neil has unveiled three dates for Loddon Hall, at which he expects to attract at least ten dealers.

The first event will be on May 13, to be followed by other fairs in September and November.

Neil said: “Loddon Hall is a well-established venue, with relatively good car parking. It already holds antique fairs, and people are familiar with it.”

Tristain Brittain has also just released the dates for his next two fairs – at Wickham, near Portsmouth, on the Bank Holiday of May 7, and Kempton Park racecourse, London, on June 16.  For more details, read the May edition of Picture Postcard Monthly, which will be out by April 24.

Leeds Postcard Fair cancelled tomorrow (March 4th)

Leeds Postcard Fair organiser Claire Gamble has apologised to customers for having to cancel her event at Pudsey Civic Hall tomorrow (Sunday March 4).

Heavy snow meant too many dealers had no chance of safely travelling to the venue – so the event was called off yesterday (Friday).

Claire, of C & S Promotions, said: “I’d like to apologise for the cancellation of the postcard fair, due to the adverse weather conditions at the time. We had contacted as many people as possible. I am just sorry to anybody who did not know and turned up on the day.”

Claire is putting on an extra event on Sunday July 1 – having cancelled her September event because of the clash with Jack Stasiak’s two-day York extravaganza.

11,000 pier postcards up for sale

Former submariner Mike Smith is selling his massive 11,000-strong collection of pier postcards which were amassed over 20 years of collecting.

Read about Mike’s auction for the cards of cards featuring structures in England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, in the March edition of Picture Postcard Monthly.

Mike is selling them for the best offer received before April 21. The lot includes around 100 cards by the artist AR Quinton featuring piers.

The collection also includes piers that have long disappeared, disasters, seaside and river piers, hold-to-lights, internal views and troupes and shows on piers.

Mike, who spent eight years in the Royal Navy on submarines and surface ships, said: “I’ve long had this fascination with piers – I suppose, like ships, they go out to sea.

“But I’ll be 78 in March, and what will happen to them when I’m gone? I’d rather they went to a good home now, ideally for a collector but they will appeal to dealers too.”

St Ives and Maidenhead fairs cancelled

Show organiser Stan Woodhouse cancelled his fair at St Ives on March 17 because of lack of dealer numbers.

Fifteen dealers had booked for the event but that’s not enough to avoid Stan making a loss on the show if he carried on with it. The event was due to be just five days before the dealers’ set-up day at Shepton Mallet – the world’s biggest postcard fair, which this year has more than 130 dealers booked from home and abroad.

“Shepton may have been a factor,” Stan said. “I can’t analyse it, but there just wasn’t the dealer support there. I’m very sorry for any disappointment to the public who were planning to attend.”

And Neil Baldry has called off his postcard and antiques fair at Maidenhead, Berkshire, for March 11, partly because of problems around his proposed replacement venue and lack of suitable car parking.

See the March issue of PPM for the full stories.

The March issue also carries the name of every dealer so far booked for the two-day Festival of Cards at Shepton,  Somerset, on March 23/24.

It also includes the full fair listings for March, April and May 2018, as well as news on auctions in Britain and overseas.

The end is NOT Nigh

Following the demise of J Salmon of Kent as a postcard publisher, the Isle of Wight company of WJ Nigh and Sons is now almost certainly the world’s longest established family-run operation – dating back to 1903.

PPM takes an in-depth look at the company in the February issue – which will be distributed to UK subscribers’ homes tomorrow (January 22).

We meet the two brothers and their cousin who now run the business, and the brothers’ father Terry, now retired from the Shanklin-based company, but currently working as archivist, helping to preserve Nigh’s heritage from the last 115 years.

Terry, grandson of the founder William James Nigh, picks out some of his favourite Nigh images from the decades, and explains where he has chosen them.

Other articles in the February issue include a tribute from the Prime Minister to a postcard dealer’s work for charity, and reports and feature articles on battleships of the Edwardian era, the Winchester area photographer Leonard Robert Taylor, artistic sporting postcards, modern drinks-related poster cards and mini-golf in Aberystwyth.

It also includes the regular features such as Postbag (our vibrant letters page), Clubscene (reports from the clubs around the UK) and Hammertime (news from the auction rooms).

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