Welcome to the British Beermat Collectors Society website.
Here you should find everything you want to know about our society and all things beermat collecting in the UK. You can find out our history, what we do, how we catalogue beermats, where your local meetings are, how to join, all about our prestigious beermat design annual awards and more importantly, how we raise money for charity every year.
There’s also information on beermats in general and tips on collecting and links to other sites related to brewery history or collecting breweriana.
Each year through our meetings and “shop” we aim to raise as much money as we can for our various charities. As well as supporting our “National” charity, most of our smaller meetings also support individual charities local to their own area or even on behalf of the landlord/landlady or venue.
2018’s charity was St. Giles Hospice. At the National meeting held in Burton-on-Trent in September we raised £3,000 from the 10p/20p sales of new issues, older mats brought out of our stores and through a special auction of rarer mats. A special thank you goes out to all our members who not only worked hard to make sure that the National went well, but for their hard work throughout the whole year on setting up, running and supporting meetings. A massive thank you to all the Breweries and Individuals who’ve donated mats for us for our charity work along the way.
St Giles Hospice is a registered charity offering high-quality specialist care free of charge for people living with diseases which may not be curable as well as providing support for their families and carers.They cover an area from Ashby-de-la-zouch & Atherstone in the east, to Cannock and Walsall in the west and from Burton & Uttoxeter in the north, to Sutton Coldfield and Coleshill in the south. Care is offered at their hospice centres in Whittington, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall and in patients’ own homes across the region.
You can find information on the hospice and it’s services here
In 2017 we raised over £4,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind from our National meeting.
You can find information on Guide Dogs for the Blind here
2021 NATIONAL MEETING
We have recently spoken to staff at Burton Town Hall and they have said that under the regulations as they stand today, the meeting can go ahead as planned subject to the following conditions;
- A maximum number of 120 attendees. (This should not be a problem for us)
- Masks should be worn by attendees and helpers.
- We provide hand sanitisers and encourage their regular use.
They are going to review the situation with the virus, and any change in Government guidelines, on a month to month basis and have asked us to get in touch in mid August to confirm nothing has changed. We will let you know the outcome of that conversation but it looks like the meeting is on, although, as with everything else during the pandemic, we cannot guarantee it 100%.
We hope to see you all there, fingers crossed.
Keep your eye on our Meetings page for any further updates as they come in.
CHARITY BEERMAT AUCTION (closes 5th August)
Whilst there’s nothing much going on Society wise there is at least 1 other beermat auction that you can participate in. Most of you know Gary Moore, he’s one of our long standing members who runs charity meeting in London a couple of times a year. As he can’t hold a physical meeting he’s running another virtual beermat auction again. Please feel free to bid on anything you want – it’s all for good causes and this time supports Centrepoint UK, which tackles youth homelessness.
If you’re on Facebook check out this link or email Gary at : email@example.com