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.
National Meeting Burton-upon-Trent Friday 13th September (see meeting details below)
Southwold Saturday 12th October (see information 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…..it’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 :
2019 NATIONAL MEETING
Date: Friday September 13th
Location: Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent. DE14 2EB
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
SOUTHWOLD – We will have a stall at the Labologists annual award meeting,offering information on the society and new and old mats
Saturday 12th October from 11:30
Venue: Southworld Arts Centre, St Edmund’s Hall, Cumberland Road, Southwold IP18 6JP
Saturday November 9th – 12 noon
Venue: 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) (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Graham Scott, 20 Knottingley Road, Pontefract, Yorkshire WF8 2LG (01977 707607)
N.b.The pub will open earler, but plenty of swapping takes place on the car park.
Saturday December 14th 2019 at 12.00 noon
Venue: Green Duck Brewery, Unit 13 Gainsborough Trading Estate, Rufford Road, Stourbridge DY9 7ND.
A great new Venue for the Coseley meeting. Green Duck have a range of quality beers available. If you fancy stopping, the Premier Inn is 15 minutes walk away and has good room deals if booked early.
For people arriving by train, head to Birmingham New Street and catch a connection to Stourbridge Junction.
For further details, organiser Bill Biancardi can be contacted on 0783548024