2019 Meetings


Keep an eye out on this page. We’ll confirm meeting dates as soon as the organisers have finalised dates, venues and times. Any member can organise a local meeting – just contact the Council for support and advice to ensure that we can get new issues and auction mats out to you.


 In 2018 we had meetings in; Coseley, Knottingley, Stockport, Wokingham and our National in Burton on Trent. There is also a non-BBCS meeting in London twice a year.


2019 Meetings:

Wokingham Meeting    Saturday 27th April 2019 (see meeting details below)
Knottingley Meeting    Saturday 11th May 2019 (see meeting details below)
London Meeting         Saturday 25th May 2019 (see meeting details below)
Stourbridge Meeting         Saturday 1st June 2019 (see meeting details below)
Stockport Meeting         Saturday 6th July 2019 (see meeting details below)
National Meeting         Burton-upon-Trent    Friday 13th September (see meeting details below)



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 :


Wokingham Meeting
Date: Saturday 27th April 2019
Time: 12pm (Opening Time) Please note Landlady will not be opening up before 12pm
Location: Hope & Anchor, Station Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2AD

Meeting: To be held in the large area to the left of the bar

Beer Range: Brakspears, Wychwood & Ringwood (and possibly Bond Brews!)
Food: Sandwiches may be provided
Trains: Wokingham Railway Station is a 2 minute walk down Station Road and has good connections with Reading, London Waterloo & Guildford.
Buses: Nearest Bus Stops in Broad Street which is a 5 minute walk east of the pub. More details can be found on the website
Car Park: There’s no on-site car park but across the road is the Shute End Council Offices and their large car park is open on Saturdays
Any questions you can email organiser at or phone me on 0118-9786001 (between 7 & 9pm).


Knottingley Meeting
Date: Saturday May 11th 2019
Time: 12pm
Location: The Steampacket, The Bendles, Racca Green, Knottingley WF 11 8AT (01977 674176)

Full details / map available from Albert Bradbury, 4 Castle Syke View, Pontefract, Yorks WF8 4NB Pontefract)
(01977 792813) ( or
Graham Scott, 20 Knottingley Road, Pontefract, Yorkshire WF8 2LG (01977 707607)

London Meeting
Date: Saturday 25th May 2019
Time: 12pm
Location:The Buckingham Arms, Petty France, London SW1

This is not a BBCS meeting It’s an open meeting where you’ll be able to swap with and socialise
with other like-minded collectors with all proceeds from sales, raffles and auctions donated to charity.
Last year the London meetings raised raised £600 for Myeloma UK, £240 for The Diamond (Disabled & Therapeutic) Riding Centre.£850 for Centrepoint (tackling Youth Homelessness) and £200 for On The Ball (involved with sufferers of Testicular Cancer)
Well worth going to to pick up new issues and take part in an auction of older/rarer mats and support all the good charity work.
You’ll be able to find out further details of our Society there, either from the organiser or just by talking to collectors there.

For further details, directions or information about the event please contact :

Gary Moore, 7 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2BF

Stourbridge Meeting

Date: Saturday June 1st  2019
Time: 12pm
Location: Green Duck Brewery, Unit 13 Gainsborough Trading Estate, Rufford Road, Stourbridge DY9 7ND

For people arriving by train, head to Birmingham New Street and catch a connection to Stourbridge Junction.
Graham Scott, 20 Knottingley Road, Pontefract, Yorkshire WF8 2LG (01977 707607). If you’re driving there’s parking
on the road on the industrial estate and if you’re stopping the local Premier Inn is 15 minutes walk away.
For further details, organiser Bill Biancardi can be contacted on 07835480248

Stockport Meeting

Date: Saturday July 6th   2019
Time: 12pm
Location: Hope Inn, 118 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris, Stockport, Greater Manchester  SK4 2LL. 

The venue is on the A6, through Stockport towards Manchester, just past the junction with Belmont Way.  It is a freehouse with own brewery on site (  Stockport station is about a 20 minute walk away, Stockport bus station a little less.  The frequent 192 bus between Manchester & Hazel Grove and return stops on Wellington Road North outside the rail station & the Hope Inn.  There is a car park at side of the pub.  There should be food served for us for a small charge (usually pie and peas or similar).

For further details please contact Tom Corner, 18 Mount View, Uppermill,  Oldham, Lancs OL3 6DB Email – CORNERTJ@HOTMAIL.COM, Phone 01457 872022

Dates for our 2019 NATIONAL MEETING has been set,

Date:     Friday September 13th
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