Meetings

 

2022 Meetings

Stourbridge

Saturday  December 3rd 12 p.m.

Meeting starts at 12 pm. Venue: 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.
For further details, organiser Bill Biancardi can be contacted on 07835480248.

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NATIONAL MEETING 2022

This has now been rearranged for Friday 3rd March 2023 at the Town Hall, Burton-upon-Trent.

Below is the original list of Mats for each auction, which shouldn’t change. We will keep details of anyone that sent in postal
bids and they will transfer over to this auction unless the bidder notifies us of any changes they wish to put into place.

Full timings for the meeting will also appear here.

NATIONAL AUCTION 2022

Auction 1.

Ansells                2
Barnsley             48
Belhaven            1
Beverley             25
Boston Ex.          1
Buckleys             2
Camerons          24
Catterall & S      28
Coniston           33-36
Darleys             1
Duttons             8
J.W. Fryer         5
Hartleys            6
Holes               14
Ind Coope        100
Loddon             2
Melbourne       10
Moorfields        17
Newcastle         34
Purple Moose   1
Sam Smith        72
Taylor Walker    5
Tirrill                 2
Watneys           132
Wooden Hand   1

Auction 2

Allendale           4
Basehouse        1
Bents                 22
Birkenhead        9
Bodicote            1
Burts                  2
Catterall & S      101
Chelsea             1
Copper Dragon  12
Courage B & S    66
Eldridge Pope     7
Hammonds         12
Hartleys Crown   3
Hull                     87
Ind Coope           251
Mansfield            32
Mitchell Krause  1
Moorfields          174
J.W. Paddey       1
R.W. Randall       2
Stroud (new)       8
Taylor Walker      6
Trumans             55
Watneys             93
Wm. Younger     68

Auction 3.

Back St. Heroes 1
Barnsley             60
Bentleys (Old)    4
Birkenhead         11
Brains                 7
Buckleys             6
Catterall & S       62
Cherrys              29
Coniston            58
Dales                 4
Ely                      7
Hammonds         105
Heart of Wales   1
Higsons (New)   1-3
Ind Coope          124
Marstons            35
M & B                 41
Moorfields          28
J.W. Paddey       2
Skol                    18
Stroud (New)      10
Thwaites             15
Ulster                  1
Watneys             18
Worksop             4

Auction 4 (Giant Mats)

Bass                    365
Beamish              177
Border                  66
M. Brown              48
Castle Eden          7
Davenports          13
Duttons                59
Evan Evans          6
Mackeson            210
Maclay                 49
Morrells               9
Robinson            20
S & N                   7
Theakstons         52
Threlfalls              36
T. Usher               9
Usher (Wilts)       21
P Walker             60
C Wells               13
Wilsons               71

Auction 5

Ballingalls             2
Bass                    15
Bernards              3
Big Lamp              1
Bruces                  21
Buckleys              5
Catterall & S        50
Cobbold               4
Coniston              59
Devenish             9
Firkin                   406
Hammonds         16
Hemingways        7
Ind Coope           102
LA Colinette       1
McEwans             5
Moorfields           190
Moors & Robson  9
Morland               3
Skol                     42
Swales                3
T Usher              50
Usher (Wilts)      3
Whitbread          273
J. Young            1

Auction 6

Barnsley             23
Batemans            9
Beverleys            9
Boddingtons       23
Calders              7
Camerons          14
Catterall & S       59
Cobbold             3
J. Deuchar         8
Ely                     5
Firkin                 363
Free Traders     10
Henty & Con.     1
Ind Coope          270
Maclays             5
Moles                1
Moorfields          99
Morisons            1
Penrhos             2
Red Tower          8
Style & Winch    5
Watney              17
Welsh                35
Whitbread          283
JJ Young            4

Auction 7 (Pre War Auction)

Arrols                  4
Barclays              5
Bass                    9
Bentleys              4
Birkenhead          2
Cheltenham         1
Chester North.     1
Darleys                41
J Deuchar            2
Hammonds (Brad)   4
Ind Coope & A.   1
Ind Coope & A.   4
Marstons             2
Masseys (giant)  3
Phipps                3
S & N                   1
Sam Smiths         65
Tadcaster            5
Tetley                   112
P Walker              1
Watneys              7
Wells & Winch     23
Worthington        1
Worthington        8
Wrexham            1

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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.