2017 NATIONAL MEETING: Burton upon Trent, Friday December 1st 2017

Great news ! We have managed to find a venue and re-arrange this years National. Once again we return to our popular venue at Burton on Trent Town Hall. It’s located on King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2EB. There is some street parking available around the Town Hall and also car parking close by at the Travelodge across the bridge from the Town hall. It’s also close by to the Burton on Trent rail station.

See full details below along with links to our National Auction list once finalised.

This year we will be raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The Society organises several meetings across the country each year, along with it’s main “National Meeting” which usually takes place at a different venue each September. Any member can organise a local meeting and the Society will support you by providing any brand new and recent issues it has received along with a selection of mats to be used in an auction. If you are interested in organising and holding a local meeting the contact us via the contacts form. We will get back to you and liaise with you about your needs and how we can support you.

So what happens at a meeting ? Well, usually the organiser will find a suitable venue, often a pub or a club that has enough room for c30-50 members along with space to spread “new issue” mats out on tables. Members usually arrive well before the start time and a signing-in list is maintained with members signing in as soon as they arrive. Nearly every member brings a bag of spare mats that they don’t want and a “drop-out” area is created where members just put all these mats. Anyone can delve through this growing pile anytime during the meeting and freely take anything they want – it’s a great way for newcomers to build up a collection.

Lots of intense swapping takes place between members and if you find yourself with a mat that other members are looking for you’ll soon find yourself with lots of swap offers. Members chat and swap and talk all things beermats throughout the meeting…’s all very informal.

The only formal parts are when someone announces the new issues are ready and members go up and pick through all the mats they want – at this stage, usually due to the extremely limited numbers of each copy, members can have 1 of each of the mats. Members go and choose in the order they signed in, the earliest members getting the first pick – often useful if there’s only a very small number of some of the mats !! Once every signed in member has had their turn, if there’s any left any member wanting extra copies can go and get some more.

Once the new issues has finished, someone will run an auction of the older and rarer mats that have been supplied by the Society. There’s usually a list available giving details of the mats and their respective catalogue number. Members get the opportunity to openly bid for any mat that they want – some go for pence……some go for pounds. More often than not there’s a raffle ticket sale ongoing throughout the day, usually beer related prizes with all monies going to a local charity of the venue.

All in all, meetings are well worth going to – you’ll be made very welcome as a new member and if you let the organiser know you’re coming they’ll probably give you lots of mats that remain at the end of the drop-out. You’ll meet lots of like-minded collectors, local contacts and often friends for life.

Forthcoming meetings :




BBCS NATIONAL 2017 – Burton on Trent,  Friday 1st December

The National this year takes place at Burton upon Trent Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2EB.

9.30  Meeting Opens & Shops Open
11.00  Auction 1
11.45  Auction 2
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch – Shops Closed
13.30 – 14.00 General Meeting
14.15  Auction 3
15.15  Auction 4
16.15  Meeting Closes
16.30  Venue Cleared

The General Meeting will consist of:
Item 1 – Hon. Secretary’s report
Item 2 – Hon. Treasurer’s report
Item 3 – Any Other Business.

If anyone has items for inclusion in the Any Other Business section of the meeting please let a member of the BBCS Council know the details by Sunday 26th November. Alternatively use the Contact Us form on this website outlining the details along with your name & BBCS membership number. Please Note – Only items submitted to the BBCS Council in advance will be discussed at the meeting.


Previous meetings:

Coseley Meeting     Saturday September 16th 2017   12pm

Venue :  Coseley Working Men’s Club, 57 Ivyhouse Lane, Coseley WV14 9JH.

Organiser : Bill Biancardi Telephone 07835480248. 

Stockport Meeting     Saturday July 1st   12pm

Venue : The Hope Inn, Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris, Stockport SK4 2LL

Organiser : Tom Corner, 18 Mount View, Uppermill, Oldham, Lancs OL3 6DB   Email – CORNERTJ@HOTMAIL.COM  Phone 01457 872022