October 2013 Arms Fair. Another very successful fair. Once more £500 donated from the society to the British Legion. This follows our donations of £500 to Broughton House from the proceeds of our January fair and £500 to SAAFA from the May fair.
Our three fairs a year are going from strength to strength. A substantial amount from the fairs will be given to our chosen charities. Thanks must be given to David Owen and his long-suffering wife, Carole for their organisation.
The society is always looking for new members especially young people with an interest in military history, badge, medal or weapon collecting. Why not come along to one of our Monday evening meetings? You will be made most welcome.
Twelve months in the life of a president
Or more correctly, thoughts approaching the end of a two year period as President of a healthy, friendly and expanding militaria collector’s society. One of only a handful of similar clubs in the country.
In the last two years I have seen a successful period of growth both in membership and in other activities. This success has been driven by our three popular Antique Arms and Militaria Collectors Fairs held each year at the Britannia Hotel, Stockport. As a militaria collectors society we have taken the view that, if possible, we should support service people who have given much for our country’s peace. For many years profits from our fairs have enabled us to support our long term charity, Broughton House in Salford, home to disabled servicemen. Two further charities have benefitted this year, the Royal British Legion and D-Day Revisited, the latter being a charity which enables D-Day veterans to revisit the 1944 landing beaches.
Of course it is not all about collecting, for we have a large number of members, male and female who are interested in military history and to this end we attract each year six or seven good quality guest speakers spread over our twelve monthly general meetings, once again held at the Britannia Hotel. Over the last two years subjects have been as varied as The Anglo Zulu War, The Dardanelles, The English Longbow and the Cheshire Archers and Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Manchester Rebels. Next month the Legions of Rome are making an appearance! In May we will be looking at the battlefields of Flodden and Gettysburg and next year an ex-submariner will be speaking about the Submarine Service in the Cold War, subjects, we hope, for all tastes. We have an association with the Cheshire Branch of The Western Front Association and have recently made contact with the SMATS organization (South Manchester Tactical Society) both having similar interests to ours.
Our ‘End of Term’ December meeting is always a highlight with our Chairman/Auctioneer providing a military history quiz followed by a hot pot or meat and potato pie supper. Another annual highlight is our Annual Dinner in October held at the Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport – the friendliest of events.
Nothing in this world happens without effort. Thankfully we have always had hard working officers and committee members which will enable us to celebrate our forty sixth birthday in April of this year, so we must be doing something correctly!