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TV Henry antiques society to disband
A LONG-running society that boasts celebrity antiques expert Henry Sandon among its membership has decided to call it a day after 45 years.
For more than four decades Malvern Antiques Appreciation Society has been offering people with even a passing fondness for antiques the chance to meet and enjoy spending time with others who share their interest.
Until a few years ago the club boasted a membership of more than 100 people and even had a long waiting list of more keen to join.
However, numbers have dropped to nearer 50 in recent years and organisers had been trying to attract new blood.
But, with an ageing and declining membership, they have now decided the moment is right to call time on the organisation.
Vice chairman Jane Ratcliffe said the decision was taken at the club’s latest committee meeting “with great regret” – especially as meetings were scheduled to start up again for the new season next month.
“Our membership was falling and sadly it was the general consensus of the committee that we should call it a day,” she said.
“The club has a proud history and we are all very sad to see it go after so long.”
The club was founded in 1968 as Malvern Antiques Club and has held regular monthly meetings with guest speakers, as well as well-attended Christmas gatherings, for the last 45 years.
Although branded as an antiques society, the club has always prided itself on the variety it had to offer.
Its new season had been scheduled to get under way on September 11, with the likes of John Goodwin auctioneer Chris Maulkin, Holywell water director Rhys Humm and even Mr Sandon himself lined up to appear as guest speakers.
Mrs Ratcliffe said: “Although it was called the antiques society it’s really been a bit of everything,”
“We have heard from some very interesting people and it was a very pleasant social occasion as well.”
She added: “The decision not to carry on was a difficult one and it was taken with much regret.
“But it was just felt that there was no longer the manpower there to carry it on.”
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